Marvellous Tour to Bavaria
The Band was once again treated to the most fantastic hospitality when it made the long coach trip to Tewkesbury's twin borough, Landkreis Miesbach, for our 10 day musical tour. On arrival at the Hotel Kramerwirt in the village of Irschenberg, nearly 24 hours after leaving Tewkesbury, the Band were greeted by the friendly faces of the twinning committee who treated us to a welcome lunch and our first Bavarian beverage! After the long journey we spent the afternoon catching up on sleep before our first rehearsal in Germany.

On Monday, Philip brought a wheelchair for Keith to use and join Nigel in the wheelies club! The Band then took the coach to the town of Augsburg for a visit to the MAN factory and museum. We were given a tour of the museum which had exhibits ranging from submarine engines and historic printing presses to old MAN vehicles and a new lorry cab (which we got sit in!!). The MAN people then treated the Band to a delicious meal (including the obligatory apple strudel!) in their Executive Suite before taking us on an interesting tour of the printing press manufacturing plant. Unlike English factory floors, the Bavarians class beer as a staple foodstuff so it cannot be banned from the factory...and to cap it all, they even have beer vending machines in the factory! After the tour we had time to wander around the pretty town of Augsburg before returning to our hotel for a lovely meal.


Tuesday saw the Band travel to Rattenberg in Austria for its first concert of the tour. We had a very picturesque journey into the Alps with a few photo stop opportunities. As seems to be an essential feature of a concert in Germany, we were treated to lunch and a drink before making our way to the town square to play our first concert. As soon as we started playing, a large crowd gathered to listen to us perform. We opened with our march 'Tewkesbury' and then proceeded to play several light numbers including 'Trisch-Trasch Polka', 'Beyond the Sea', 'Sway', 'Buglers Holiday', 'Drummers Delight' (featuring guest percussionist Rhydian Griffiths) and 'Solitaire' (featuring the wandering guest soprano Tracy King). After the concert we were taking to a glass blowing demonstration at one of the many glass shops in the town, before visiting a cafe for the essential post-playing ice-cream or cake!

To be continued...

Bavaria here we come!
The Band leaves today (18 August) for our tour to Tewkesbury's twin town of this space for all the news from our tour!

The outline itinerary for our next few days events is as follows (if you're holidaying in Bavaria then feel free to search us out!):

Sunday 19th Arrive Hotel Kramerwirt (Irchenberg) at about midday. We will have a rehearsal in the evening.
Monday 20th Visit to Man Roland factory in Augsberg. Tour of museum, factory and town. Rehearsal in the evening.
Tuesday 21st Concert in Rattenburg, Austria.
Wednesday 22nd 10am Concert in Green Market, Holzkirchen. 8pm Concert at Bad Wiessee.
Thursday 23rd 10am Concert in Green Market, Miesbach. Visit to Munich in the afternoon.
Friday 24th Day trip to Andechs. Evening concert at Diessen.
Saturday 25th 25th Anniversary Buergerfest in Miesbach. We are playing on the stage at a time to be confirmed!
Sunday 26th Cable car up the mountain Windelstein. Visit to Schliersee.
Monday 27th 10am leave for home.

More Thanks
The amazing support that the Band has received in the past few weeks continues and so there are a few more Thanks that should be made (as before to those who have helped us but are not named please accept my apologies and Thanks):
The Rotary Club - for helping us with the provision of dehumidifiers to dry out the band room;
Linda Lee and family - for letting the members of the band travelling to Bavaria park their cars in their field;
The Queen's Head pub - for letting us use their car park to board the coach to Bavaria.

Flood Relief Charity Concert: Friday 7 September 2007
The Band is playing a concert in Gloucester Cathedral on the evening of Friday 7 September (7:30pm) with the Gloucestershire Constabulary Choir (soloist: Tina Power) to raise funds for the Flood Relief Charity Fund that has been set up following the Great Floods of July. The compere for the evening is Mark Cummings of BBC Radio Gloucestershire.

It has been a tough few weeks and the Band is still in the process of drying out and cleaning up our band room following its flooding. Despite this we have continued to meet our engagements and are even adding special concerts like this one to our diary; we hope to see many of our friends and supporters at this concert to raise funds for those who have had their lives turned upside down by the flood waters. The Band will be fresh from its tour to Bavaria and so should be sounding even better than usual!Entry to the concert is free, but everyone attending is encouraged to contribute to the retiring collection!

Informal Concert appearance
The Band will be holding a social evening and informal concert at the Queen's Head pub at Aston Cross on Saturday 1 September to mark its return from our tour to Miesbach in Bavaria. The band will be playing a short concert programme at approximately 7pm. We look forward to seeing all our friends there.

Following the various news items about the flooding of our Bandroom we have received many good wishes from our friends around Gloucestershire and Europe. We would like to say Thank You to all who have wished us well including, but not exclusively:
Our friends from the Twinning Committee in Miesbach;
Flå Musikkorps;
Polysteel Band - for their generous offer of the use of their bandroom and music from their library;
Cory Band - for the very generous offer of some of a selection of surplus music from their library;
Cheltenham Silver Band;
Lydbrook Band;
Tewkesbury School - for letting us practice there;
and many more.

We are very grateful to all who have offered their assistance and best wishes. We are in the process of stripping our Bandroom of the damaged and damp materials, furniture and other items ready for the re-building exercise. All the support we have received has kept us in a positive frame of mind and we will slowly return our Bandroom to it's original glory! The Band has continued to fulfil its engagements including one of our favourites the Cotswold Beer Festival, and the Training Band has just returned from a successful camping tour to Dorchester where the Town Mayor made us very welcome.

The Band has also managed to secure the use of Tewkesbury School Music Department for its Wednesday and Sunday rehearsals until the Bandroom is ready for our return!


Friday 3rd to
Sunday 5th
Training Band Trip to Dorchester
Saturday 11th Churchdown Horticultural Society event - Training Band
Sunday 12th Droitwich Bandstand [2:30pm-4:30pm]
Friday 17th to
Monday 27th
Tour to Miesbach in Germany

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