In an unusual turn of events, we set up our stands among the gravestones near the Lychgate. We solemnly commenced our first set with a hymn before turning onto rousing numbers like “Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines” and the even older “Teddy Bears’ Picnic”. These were interspersed with a few more serene numbers like “Moonlight Serenade” and “Basin Street Blues”. We were blessed with beautiful summer weather all afternoon; the rain even held off until all were safely departed from the rather steep car park field.
There was an extraordinary amount of stalls – such as raffles, cakes, crafts and even a dog show!
Absolutely wondrous weather to be in a bandstand surrounded by flowers. There were lots of people out and about enjoying the sunshine (and hopefully our music.) We played a whole mix of tunes from marches to theme tunes and swing.
It was great to see so many friends and family of band members attending (and possibly dozing in their deckchairs).
It was with delight we returned for a second year to the grounds of Dauntsey Park House; and relief that we were provided with a marquee as yet again the weather wasn’t as pleasant as a Friday in July should be. Attendees were all in high spirits, well prepared with wellies and umbrellas. We matched their jolly nature in spite of the downpours with a large variety of pieces from our repertoire. It was nice to see the Wilts & Berks Canal Trust display – including a tractor that certainly caught attention.
Perhaps we ought to acquire the music for “Singing in the Rain” in preparation for next year…