John Coles Park Bandstand

Whilst not quite the deluge of our concert last September, the weather was a drastic change from the bright sunny weather of recent weeks; threatening to rain and strong winds! A valiant crowd still joined us for an afternoon of tunes. We mostly played marches and theme tunes. During the YMCA portion of “Disco Lives” a gust of wind caught several stands and instrument cases but we managed to play on!

Tockenham Fete

Another superbly sunny afternoon for a splendid fete. Lots of stalls, vintage cars and even a family dog show. It was delightful to see so many dogs out and about! This was our second year to be invited to play at Tockenham and we enjoyed every second.

We played following the 2pm opening announcements, had a brief break for sandwiches, tea and delicious cake then continued until gone 4pm. Our repertoire included Beach Boys, Moon River, Toy Story 2, Mondo Glissando, A Bridge Too Far, Fly Me To The Moon, Barnyard Castle and Locomotion to name but a few.

Here’s a more unusual perspective for a photo (I had a few bars rest…):

Tockenham Fete 2018, mid-Moon River

Biddestone Fete

The afternoon was bright and hot; we were very grateful for our marquee! There was a great turnout of locals attending the fete with a variety of stalls ranging from face painting to cream teas. We played marching pieces Barnyard Castle and A Bridge Too Far as well as relaxing tunes including Moon River, My Way and Can’t Help Falling In Love. We also played various lighthearted songs such as Viva Italia (medley), Beach Boys (medley) and I’ve Had The Time Of My Life. Finishing as per tradition with We’ll Meet Again; looking forward to next year!

Bandstand Concert, John Coles Park

What a phenomenal way to start the Chippenham bandstand concert season for 2018 – the sun was shining, the park full of families enjoying the weather, music and ice creams!
We played a whole range of pieces from Toy Story 2, RAF March Past, Locomotion to Fly me to the Moon and Moonlight Serenade. Ending with our 1914 medley and “We’ll Meet Again” as we shall return to the bandstand on the 29th July and at the end of the concert season on the 16th September.

RAF Lyneham 100 Celebration

Despite some rain mixed with the sun, there was a great turn out for this special centennial RAF celebration at Lyneham. Similar to a village fete with various stalls, there were various musical groups playing throughout the afternoon. We played after the Chippenham Male Voice Choir and continued with several military themed tunes such as RAF March Past and our own take on the theme (Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines) as well as swing tunes and theme music.

Longleat Centre Parcs, Remembrance Day

The island in the Centre Parcs plaza is one of the more unusual places for us to play, with ginormous goldfish circling us and various ferns as well as a large Christmas tree present! We played various tunes for the families passing through and our conductor performed the bugle call at 11am.

End of Bandstand Concert Season, John Coles Park

As always, we ended the Sunday concert season for Chippenham; another year another summer full of various bands. Unfortunately the weather wasn’t on our side so we had to end our session early.

Band’s 25 anniversary, The Cause, Chippenham

In celebration of 25 years of Chippenham Town Band with most rehearsals at The Cause, Chippenham, a celebratory evening concert was arranged combined with the exceptional Lingmara World Music Choir. There were balloons and much cheer as we showcased our wide mix of music. It was a fantastic evening and unusual for us to be playing in the auditorium next to the hall where we rehearse!

Bandstand Concert, John Coles Park

It’s always a pleasure playing for a Summer afternoon in John Coles Park, even enjoying an ice-cream at the interval. There was a fantastic crowd in the park who listened appreciatively to our music; ranging from Robbie Williams swing medley to Pirates of the Caribbean as well as other theme tunes. As well as the more traditional marches as befit a brass and woodwind band.

Dauntsey Fete

An evening event for us for a change, at the Dauntsey Feast and Fete. Various stalls were setup and there was a brilliant turnout of locals. We played a great mix of music to entertain all ages.