Silver Award for the Training Band
We opened our performance in sparkling style with Francis Clifford's 'Concert Overture' and there were no obvious nerves, despite several of the adult learners having been nervous before taking to the stage. After that we played three movements from Klas Vleek's 'Real Pop', the opening Yokahama Rock, the mellow Wintertime and the fast and furious Super-Ski.
These were followed by the popular tune 'I Will Follow Him' from the movie Sister Act. After this our two soloists Cameron Purveur and Megan Taylor stood up and switched their trombones for hosaphones to show off their skills with the novelty piece 'One Note Bugler'! After that we performed the tricky 'Indian Rondo' by Hummel before moving onto one of the favourite pieces from 2007, the effervescent 'Schnappi, Das Kleine Krokodil'. To close we returned to the classical world with an upbeat arrangement of Bach's 'Toccata in D Minor'.
Overall the Training Band had a fun day out and following the deliberations of the adjudicator, David Hirst, they were awarded a Silver Award. Not bad for their first appearance at an event of this kind.
The Training Band once again welcomed everyone to our AGM in Tewkesbury Town Hall on Wednesday 2nd April with another impressive concert. The Intermediate Band opened the concert with Harold T. Scull’s ‘One Note Bugler’ introduced by William Norman. This rousing March like piece got everyone’s feet tapping before the Beginner Band slowed things down with a beautiful performance of Gary Young’s ‘First Tune’. Hannah Williams then introduced the next Intermediate Band piece which was the ‘Indian Rondo’ from Hummel’s Noble Savage.
|The Beginner Band then added a bit of Regency to the performance with a stately, elegant performance of Francis Clifford’s ‘Promenade’. Hannah Norman then set the scene along the great river for the Intermediate Band’s spine-tingling performance of ‘Shenandoah’ arranged by Mark Vause. Before the Beginner Band played their last piece for the evening, a presentation was made to Alice Williams (Training Band Supporter!) of her Grade 5 Theory of Music Certificate which she passed with Merit. The Beginner Band then entertained the audience with another Francis Clifford number, this time, a very drunken (on the Trombones!) arrangement of ‘Drunken Sailor’. This then led to the final piece, introduced by Cameron Purveur, ‘Greased Lightening’ from Cameron Mabon’s Grease Selection.|
|The Band members and supporters then enjoyed a lovely cup of tea or coffee provided by the fantastic Poole-Dron duo while the chairs and tables were re-arranged ready for the meeting.|
St John's Church 50th Anniversary
On Saturday 28th June the Training Band played at the 50th Anniversary celebrations of St John's Church in Churchdown. The band played two half hour programmes in the afternoon entertaining the people who were enjoying a free day of fun and frolics as part of the Church's celebrations. Reverend Katy Morgan even took a starring role as we played Spongebob Squarepants by playing the Captain and asking the kids if they were ready!!
The Training Band played an enjoyable selection of tunes from its current programme including 'A Grease Selection', the aptly titled 'Day of Jubilee', the relevant (?) 'Sister Act: I Will Follow Him', 'Folk Frolic', 'Jamaica', 'Toccata in D Minor' and many more.
St Catherine's Church Fete
On Saturday 14th June the Training Band made its annual appearance at the St Catherine's Church Fete. The weather was slightly kinder this year and the Training Band were able to entertain the fete-goers and jumble sailors from under a gazebo outside the church. The Training Band played a selection of its favourite tunes in two half hour slots. A reasonable audience of fete-goers gathered to listen to our Grease Selection featuring Cameron Purveur on trombone and Grace Windsor on cornet. The younger members of our audience sang along to Spongebob Squarepants with gusto. We also played items such as One Note Bugler, I Will Follow Him, Toccata in D Minor, Jamaica and the mellow Tranquillity.
Training Band Cabaret Concert - Friday
Come along and enjoy a fun
evening of music making.
On Friday 11th July the Training Band held its annual Cabaret Evening, an evening where the members of the Training Band have the opportunity to showcase what they have learnt by playing solo and ensemble items to family, friends and band supporters. This year the cabaret evening was being held at the Gupshill Manor in Tewkesbury and was combined with a social evening for the whole Tewkesbury Town Band family.
The evening’s entertainment began with a performance of the ‘Grease Selection’ by the Intermediate Band; this came complete with Pink Ladies, John Travoltas and disco lights! The first soloist to take the stage was the youngest member of the Petticrew family, Tom. He played one of the pieces from his tutor book ‘Light up the Fire’ with great confidence. He was followed by young baritone player Tom Keene who also featured an item from his tutor book ‘Careless Love’.
Our multi-talented trombone/trumpet/cornet playing
Megan Taylor then gave us a jazzy rendition of one of her Grade 5 trombone
This was followed by a rendition of ‘All Square’
on cornet by Tom’s younger sister, Emma Keene.
|One of the Training Band’s longest serving
members, and like Megan a multi-talented player (cornet/percussion), William
Norman gave a moving rendition of the cornet solo ‘Pie
Jesu’ by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Following William was
one of out newest and youngest members, Amy Williams, who came to the stage all
smiles in a fantastic clown outfit to play the ‘Dance
of the Clown’ from her tutor book.
The youngest member of the Windsor family, Lucy, provided one of the highlights of the evening with a moving performance of another Andrew Lloyd Webber piece ‘Love Changes Everything’ on her horn.
The soloists were given a rest as the Beginner
Band played an arrangement of ‘Drunken Sailor’.
The youngest member of the Norman family, Hannah, then gave a confident
performance of ‘As Long As He Needs Me’
on her euphonium despite not feeling too well. The amazing Von Windsor Family
made their annual appearance to give us a thrilling rendition of ‘March
in May’….no lederhosen this year though!
Next up in an explorer outfit came trombonist Cameron Purveur to give us a thrilling rendition of the theme from ‘Indiana Jones’. This was followed by one of the funniest sights I have ever seen, trombonist Matthew Lee took the stage dressed in a monkey costume including mask to play the Jungle Book classic ‘I Wanna Be Like You’.
This was followed the popular TV theme ‘Dad’s Army’ played by Alex Blencowe on his cornet dressed as a soldier.
Another of our cornet stars, Grace Windsor, then gave a beautiful rendition of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘All I Ask of You’. The tallest trombonist, Jonathan Petticrew then ably took on the challenge of the popular trombone solo ‘The Acrobat’ with collapsing keyboard accompaniment by Kim Benbow! The final solo of the night came from another duel instrumentalist (Soprano Cornet/Bb Cornet), Hannah Williams, who gave an amazingly musical and moving rendition of the Frank Sinatra song ‘My Way’ on her Bb Cornet.
After a short interval to allow seating arrangements to be adjusted the whole of the Tewkesbury Town Band organisation combined to give a short concert including a mixture of pieces from each Band’s repertoire. The massed band started the concert with our own signature tune ‘Tewkesbury’. We then played the Beginner piece ‘Tromba Tango’ followed by the Intermediate Band piece ‘Toccata in D Minor’. The upbeat ‘O Happy Day’ followed before Nigel got to do the captain impression for the introduction to the Intermediate Band piece ‘Spongebob Squarepants’. The concert was brought to a close with the Beginner Band piece ‘Folk Frolic’. It was then time to enjoy the food and drink!
Training Band in Dorchester
Once everything was loaded on to the coach (and
the driver had recovered from the shock of how much stuff was to be loaded in!)
then the Band headed down the motorway to Dorset and to the Lyon’s Gate Camping
and Caravan Park near Cerne Abbas. A few members of the Band had gone down to
the camp site early and were there to great us as the coach made the tight
manoeuvre into the campsite! Everything was unloaded and the task of putting the
tents up began. Everyone had been encouraged to make a sign for tent to show who
was inside which was later judged by the camp site owner and his family. The Lee
family were the winners with the Stephenson family as runners up. Once the tents
were up, it was time for our picnic lunches in the deer glade whilst a few
others continued to try and work out how to put up the gazebo!
There was a change to the schedule for the
afternoon as the band had been asked at the last minute to play at the local pub
in the evening and the Cerne Abbas Giant had become overgrown so could hardly be
seen. This meant that instead of going for a walk the band stayed on the site
and had a short rehearsal followed by the start of The Big Band Camp Quiz 2008
(which will be continued at some point as we only managed to get through 3
rounds!). The Quiz started with a pre-team-selection balloon game and then the
chaotic team selection process! Then the teams needed to know information such
as how many baked beans would need to be placed end to end to reach the moon for
the initial Estimations round before heading off in search of weird and
wonderful items for the ‘Find the List’ round. The ‘Whatdyamacallits’ team won
the Scales round with a full set of C,D,E,F,G,A and B major scales from Alex
Blencowe which gave them the overall lead.
The quiz was interrupted by the smell of chips as
56 portions of chips (and fish and sausages and fishcakes…etc) were brought from
the local chip shop for our tea which was again enjoyed in the deer glade. It is
quite a sight to see over 50 people eating fish and chips in a forest clearing!
Following dinner, the Band headed to the Hunter’s Moon pub (under new
management!) for our first concert of the tour. The appreciative audience were
treated to delights such as our Grease Selection, Drunken Sailor, Tranquillity
and Tromba Tango. The Band then enjoyed a drink or two before heading back to
snuggle into our tents! As the cockerel welcomed in the new day at 4:10am, the
Band began to wake and were drawn out of their tents by the smell of bacon
cooking for breakfast (by about 8am!).
Once we had all enjoyed a sausage or bacon roll
then it was time for band practise before heading off for a day at the beach.
However…the weather had other things in mind! The rain started just as we were
about to get the instruments out and didn’t stop until about 4am the following
morning. Instead of practise, we boarded the coach for an earlier start and
headed to Bournemouth. Unfortunately the rain followed us for the day but it
didn’t stop the band having a photo on the beach and quite a few had a paddle in
the surprisingly warm sea!
On the way back, a few of our party who were ahead of the coach in a car were unfortunate to witness a car accident and kindly stopped to help and ensure everyone was ok. We were pleased to hear later that all involved had returned safely from the hospital with only minor injuries. Back at the campsite, we had our own task of clearing out and moving tents which had become flooded or were just about to disappear into a puddle! This went on for some time, as did the task of lighting the BBQ under several umbrellas! Eventually it got going though and a production team went into action in the gazebo buttering rolls etc for tea!
|One by one people started emerging from their tents and dashing across to the gazebo trying to stay as dry as possible to enjoy the BBQ food! After dinner, with the rain still coming down, two people moved into another tent which had a spare pod and five took up the generous offer from the local priory where our own Abbey Priest (and Training Band member’s father) was staying for a dry and warm bed for the night. Things started to settle down and a few of us remained around the BBQ in our waterproofs toasting marshmallows…until…whoosh! The gazebo took off across the Deer Glade! We managed to catch it and then proceeded to take it down in the dark and push it underneath a car for storage overnight!|
As the cockerel crowed again on Sunday morning after a wild night, things were more peaceful and the sun came out! Again the band was drawn out of its tents by the smell of breakfast cooking and then headed to the deer glade for a short informal concert to make up for the one we had to cancel the night before due to the weather. Although it was informal, some players took it to the extreme and came still in their pyjamas!
The Band then got on the coach and headed in to Dorchester where most families found the Weatherspoons (as there was very little open in Dorchester on a Sunday!) for lunch before a fantastic afternoon concert in Dorchester’s Borough Gardens as the big finale for the tour. Although we all got a little wet over the weekend it just added to the fun which was had and left people planning for next year. It surely wont rain like that again….will it?!!
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Christmas Cheer at Alderman Knight
Our Training Band opened their Christmas performances by once again playing at the Alderman Knight School Christmas Cheer evening on Thursday 27th November 2008. People packed the school to look at all the wonderful craft stalls and have a go on the various tombolas and raffles. The Training Band added an extra festive feel by playing many carols and Christmas tunes to help encourage the Christmas spirit!
Festive Sounds at Christmas
Lights Switch On!
Training Band Concert - Sunday 21st
December 2008 at 2.30pm