At the Old Pond House, Dauntsey, a variety of stalls were setup for the Feast and Fete. We were under a marquee but luckily the weather turned bright and there was a great turnout of people to the event. We played a large variety of tunes, from “My Way” to “Locomotion” and our trombonist was praised after a brilliant solo. The winners of various competitions were announced when we finished our set.
Thankfully the rain held out until after our set, playing on the Village Green among the various stalls. A delightful afternoon was had by all!
Today saw a more unusual location for a band concert; by Devizes Wharf. The Alzheimers Support charity had setup two marquees for us, close to the finish line of a sponsored walk. We played whilst the courageous people arrived, having completed either an 11 mile (from the Bradford on Avon Tithe Barn) or a 3.5 mile (from Seend Cleeve) charity walk, gaining funds for Alzheimers Support.
Unfortunately for a June day, the weather was humid and even had some rain in the early afternoon but that did not deter spirits. We played apt songs for the event including “A Bridge Too Far”, “Music to Watch Girls By”, “Locomotion” and “My Way”. The drummer excelled at Hawaii-5-0 and the trombonist performed both solo pieces: “Mondo Glissando” and “Basin Street Blues” brilliantly (although we considered alternative names for Basin Street Blues such as Canal Street Blues!)
There was an unexpected group of Morris dancers; instead of creating a battle of the bands we came to a peaceful compromise of extending our interval so that they could perform unhindered. The routines were fun to watch – it’s amazing how much energy they had!
Our conductor, Alan Horner, was interviewed about Chippenham Town Band.
We are definitely looking for more wind / brass / percussion musicians to join our fun! Rehearsals are each Monday evening (except for bank holidays and December).
Whilst the weather wasn’t quite feeling like May yet, there was a good sized audience braving the cold. Although some braved ice creams anyway!
We played a large range of tunes to kickstart the John Coles Park bandstand season; each Sunday from now until late September there will be a band playing in the park ranging from our wind band to brass and even swing bands. See here for information on upcoming events: http://www.chippenham.gov.uk/venue/john-coles-park/
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 !!!