In the grounds of Kington Manor, a huge array of traditional and not so traditional stalls and activities drew in people for miles around for the village fete. We played two sets, conducted excellently by our very own tenor horn player, Jane. A particularly apt combination was the Pirates of the Caribbean medley during the tortoise’s 3 minute stroll – although he wasn’t as energetic as previously; the winner of that competition had bet on a value about 15 metres shorter than last year’s successful wager! Band members took the opportunity to partake of the delicious cakes and try their hand at woodlice racing and Bomb-a-balloon with a dart dropped from an in-flight “airplane” suspended from some string.
Despite the slight breeze, one saxophone player did manage to bomb a balloon much to the delight of the onlooking remaining band members!
Bandstand season has commenced, with our band playing the first 2012 event at John Coles Park! Although a little chilly, the sun shone on occasion during our two-set performance at the Chippenham bandstand, much to the delight of the audience (and other park-goers!) Our repertoire included swing, theme tunes and marches; matching the diversity of attendees.
Some were pleasantly surprised by the bandstand event taking place, as an added bonus to a visit to the park during the brief respite from the weeks of rain.