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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Biddestone fete is always full of stalls and many activities for kids; we were delighted to play our regular mix with a few new tunes.
The start of another season of bandstand concerts. We played our mix of theme tunes, marches, swing pieces and classical music to a delighted audience.
We braved the chilly evening to play carols at the foyer of Morrisons for charity. Using our traditional Salvation Army carol books we played various carols and Christmas tunes from Away in a Manger to Jingle Bells, often taking requests.