A sunny afternoon was a splendid way to end the Chippenham bandstand season. We played marches, theme tunes and swing band era pieces with the audience clapping often, much to our delight. Hawaii-5-0 made an appearance as did Magnificent Men and a medley from Pirates of the Caribbean. Our penultimate piece “We’ll Meet Again” in anticipation of May 2016’s start of bandstand season at John Coles Park!
It was lovely to see so many people enjoying Sunday afternoon in the park. One little dog even wore a cute flat cap!
A surprising burst of September sunshine left band members relieved to have suncream and hats on this Saturday afternoon. We had a great turnout of band members; if only the audience could have been quite so numerous, but there were vintage guns going off further into the park which may have deterred visitors (as well as an inconveniently shut bridge.) The pieces best received were “Locomotion” and “Rock Around The Clock” which had people close to dancing. In a more serious part of the afternoon, we played “Sunset” with buglers as flags were raised with the mayor in attendance. Our bandmaster even headed to the memorial to play whilst we had our packed lunches!
Here is a link to the facebook photo album by D&D Carrington Photographers which includes two pictures of the band.
Lacock high street was lined with stalls for the village Fayre despite the miserable weather, with a huge selection of craft items and cakes. We played in our usual spot outside the school and band members’ families were in attendance, just about avoiding any further rain.
August Bank Holiday Monday began rainy and cold and to the sound of groans from the musicians of Chippenham Town Band as we dressed in our Band uniforms and headed in to the beautiful village of Lacock for the traditional Village Fayre. We imagined ourselves playing music in the Barn as we did the previous year, but as 12:30 approached the rain dried up and we set up in the school yard, and began to play our first hour of music. As our second hour approached we regrouped and played ………and the sun shone for 5 minutes.. The Fayre was well supported and the Band was appreciated by a good number of people.
The stunning grounds of Dauntsey Park provided the venue for the annual Dauntsey Fete. A lovely event, with well run stalls of homemade jams , cakes, books, collectibles, Pony rides, and display from the Cirencester College pack of Beagles. The Band consisted of a small group of musicians and played a selection of music including military marches, popular and disco , classical, blues, and jazzy pieces. It is always a pleasure to play at the local villages and traditional community events and we look forward to seeing you all soon.
Northwards we headed unto Cirencester, where a walk from the carpark revealed a bandstand partially surrounded by trees in a stunning parkland. Despite the ominous start to the day, the rain held off and so there was an audience which included some young potential musicians much to our delight.
The Band went to the beautiful Abbey Grounds in Cirencester, and played a lovely varied selection of music to crowds of people, avid supporters of the bands, and also some long standing personal friends .. great to see everyone there enjoying the concert in the warm Gloucestershire sunshine after a morning of cold Wiltshire rain !!!
Biddestone Fete was a lovely occasion and the first time we had played there since the Agatha Raisin filming day. Fete day weather was very hot and again the village produced fun and well run fete stalls, competitions and cream teas. Our backdrop this year was the pond, with its array of ducks and their babies. Again we used our wide selection of marches and disco and popular music, and finished the programme with our version of Vera Lynns “We’ll meet again.”
Our second Chippenham bandstand event, with usual supporters for a jolly afternoon of swing tunes, music from films and tv as well as marches.
John Coles Park was beautiful, as ever, with the trees gently swaying in warm breeze, and crowded with people, sitting listening, sunbathing, children playing in the splashpool, and on swings and things in the playground . Perfect setting to play music like our Marches, and popular selection from disco, to Glenn Miller.
Sunshine and flowers greeted us on reaching the Parade Gardens bandstand in Bath. We played our usual two sets of a mix of music, with several sets of families and friends in the audience.
It was a beautiful day, The park was bathed in sunshine, and hundreds of people sitting on chairs & blankets enjoyed the weather and the music, ranging from Marches to pop songs, a medley from The Duke – Ellington, and beautiful Forgotten Dreams rose above the sounds of busy shoppers.