Carols at Morrisons part 1

We played a 2 hour set at Morrisons near the exit (our band was too big to fit in the foyer!) Many a shopper enjoyed the tunes which ranged from music such as Jingle Bells and I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus, to traditional carols (Away In A Manger, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, O Come All Ye Faithful to name but a few). We only just reached the end of the carol book and were able to repeat a few of our favourites.

Donations were collected for our charity; this year supporting BLISS: for babies born premature or sick (https://www.bliss.org.uk/).

Some of the band even wore festive jumpers or Christmas hats to mark the occasion and all were in festive spirit. If you missed us, please pop by on Sunday 22nd December when we will be playing in the afternoon.

Private Christmas Concert

The band was invited back to play a concert (first half our “regular” tunes and the second half diving into carols!) There was a festive feeling in the air with lots of audience participation; one of our favourite gigs of the year.

Longleat Centre Parcs, Remembrance Day

We were honoured to play a morning concert at Longleat Centre Parcs including a bugle call at 11 by our conductor, Alan Horner. Visitors to the plaza lingered near the entrance to hear our music starting with Barnyard Castle and ending with We’ll Meet Again. Some Elvis Presley and Louis Armstrong pieces were played during our 90 minute set.

15th September 2019 John Coles Park Concert, 3-5pm

A brilliant last of the summer concert season at John Coles Park, Chippenham; the sun shone as if it was the height of summer! There was a brilliant turn out of visitors to the park and the bandstand itself was filled nearly to bursting.

We played a variety of tunes, concentrating on the more well known big band and theme music – definitely putting our newest members through their paces as there were a few pieces they hadn’t rehearsed yet! Everyone played really well – more than deserving of ice-cream in the interval.

Hopefully when we start the summer season next year in May we will have some new songs in our repertoire. (We use the winter season to practice new tunes as well as maintaining the old ones).

26th August, Lacock Fair

What an incredibly hot day! We played two sets in the school yard under an unrelenting sun; thankfully the applause from the audience was a worthy reward for our trials. Many a fetching hat was worn, much sun cream applied and lots of water was drunk. Ice lollies were enjoyed in the interval too.

The fair was exceptionally popular and other local events caused quite some traffic build-up which meant that I and a few others were slightly delayed – thankfully this didn’t cause any disruption to the music.

We played a mix of music from Basin Street, Locomotion and Take the “A” Train to medleys including Disco Lives, Beach Boys and Ellington. Even our very worn copies of the Teddy Bear’s Picnic saw play (such a delightful tune). Tequila was another fun one played. We finished with We Will Meet Again; there were quite a few friendly faces in the audience – hopefully some of those we’ll see at our next event, John Coles Park on 15th September.

Moon River, Lacock Fair

11th August 2019, Bandstand Concert, Swindon Town Gardens, 3-4:30pm

It was our first time to play in the Swindon Town Gardens bandstand; quite a stunning park (particularly the rose garden). Unfortunately there was a slight mix-up which meant the bandstand was double-booked so we were only able to play for the second half of the time.

We took shelter from the rain as we waited to be able to play, listening to the latin style music.

Waiting in the rain

The other group were very helpful in packing up quickly for the changeover. We got through as many pieces as we could in our 45 minute set, all of us keen to play what we’ve been rehearsing.

The weather eventually cleared up and there were quite a few visitors to the park who listened to both bands. Definitely weather for a cup of tea instead of ice-cream despite it being August!

Leekes Summer Party Sale Preview, 3rd July, Melksham

We were delighted to be welcomed back to play for shoppers at Leekes, this time for a Privilege Card holders’ evening 6-8pm. We were invited inside and upstairs to the cafe area to play as the cafe was closed from 4:30pm. Shoppers had some stalls on the ground floor for drinks and nibbles.

Quite a few shoppers paused to try out the settees whilst listening to our music which included a Beach Boys medley, Elvis Presley tunes, Moonlight Serenade, Basin Street and The Muppets to name but a few.

During Moon River at Leekes, 3rd July 2019

I was seated right next to a display of delicious cakes and biscuits – I simply must return when the cafe is open!

Biddestone Fete

The hottest day of the year so far (not a cloud in sight) so we were grateful to have the shelter of a marquee whilst playing our 2 sets at the Biddestone Fete. We played 2-4 with an interval when it’s always a delight to wander the various stalls – my particular favourite is the Refreshments tent where the cakes once prizes have been awarded end up on sale!

Our sets included a great variety of tunes from The Muppets to My Way, Barnyard Castle to our Star Wars medley. Alan even opened the fete at 2pm with a bugle call.

Biddestone Fete Map source: https://www.facebook.com/events/378618676199080/