Close of Season, John Coles Park, Chippenham

In quite a turn of events, the end of the bandstand season was accompanied by sunny weather and so a large and appreciative audience was in attendance! We were grateful for the applause after each tune; particularly as our numbers were diminished by band members having other commitments, so the pieces were a little more technically challenging! We played a large variety of tunes (some on request from the the audience) from Shrek, Embraceable You and a Robbie Williams swing medley to the Muppets Theme Tune and Barnard Castle.

Well done everybody – it sounded great!

Lacock Village Fair

Basin Street Blues was among the tunes played on Lacock High Street, matching the blue skies! It was a very sunny afternoon indeed for our two sets during the well-attended fair. The entire street was lined with various stalls and people walked by or sat to listen to our musical repertoir from Hawai 5-0 to Moonlight Serenade.

Numerous fetching hats were in use among band members!

Whitehall Garden Centre, Dig for Victory Military Re-enactment

In UniformAn area of Whitehall Garden centre was transported back in time to the 1940s – with vintage clothing, items, cars & machinery on display and a whole weekend of events taking place. We were honoured to play two sets within the grand marquee, under a parachute! We did our best to fit the event with pieces such as Dambusters, the Great Escape and Aces High.

Our own baritone player was suitably attired in uniform!

John Coles Park, Chippenham

The family fun day was unfortunately cancelled for 2013, but Chippenham Town Band were still invited to play a slightly later set in the band stand of John Coles Park. News of the fun day cancellation hadn’t yet reached some members of the public so the turnout of an audience was a lot higher than expected for a damp Sunday afternoon! We all put on a brave face and played our best – and were met with plentiful applause, particularly after “Locomotion.” Various marches, theme tunes and swing numbers also made an appearance.

Some of the audience even had ice-creams despite the less-than-summery weather!

Parade Gardens, Bath

Parade Gardens BandstandAn exceedingly sunny afternoon saw us located in the splendid Parade Gardens in Bath, within a bandstand surrounded by flowers! We played two sets of music for the various locals & tourists whiling away the afternoon in the park or passing by near the Abbey. It was great to see band family members in attendance – even a young interloper on-stage! The summer-style songs were well received such as “Hawaii-Five-0”, “Teddy Bears’ Picnic”, “The Dambusters” and a few slower numbers such as “I’ve Had the Time of My Life” and “Basin Street Blues.”

We had a trumpet masquerading as a clarinet as most of our clarinet section were unavailable – very well sight-read! (We are always on the lookout for new members –  please see here for more details.)

Biddestone Village Fete

Clarinet & Flute Section, Biddestone Fete, June 2013Summer was here at last! Biddestone fete was lucky to have glorious sunny weather; quite a change from last year’s downpour! There was a great attendance including keen fans who setup chairs in prime position for listening to the band. We played two sets of varied music from all our genres including Highland Cathedral, The Muppets and Star Wars! The fete was even started by a short fanfare performed note-perfect by solo trumpet.

Our short interval involved a mad-dash around all the stalls, with some picking up great bargains of children’s games & books – others focused on Cream Teas or ice-cream.

Kington St Michael Fete

With unfortunate timing, the heavens opened moments before the start of the Fete, and showers continued throughout the afternoon, meaning the band’s playing at this event had to be cancelled.