We were delighted to play for a private audience a mix of our upbeat tunes followed by Christmas songs; taking many requests and fulfilling them to the enjoyment of all. It was a fantastic evening with both the band and guests having lots of fun – we hope to return next year!
We were happy to return to the Centre Parcs venue for another mix of songs to the delight of the families on holiday and our conductor, Alan, performed the bugle call at 11am.
The Central Methodist Church, Chippenham was the perfect place to play our part at a memorable event, 100 years on from the loss of Chippenham lives in the 1st World War.
Although there was a distinct chill in the air, there was a great turnout of people enjoying the park and our music. John Coles park was a cheerful place with people playing fetch with dogs, flying kites, cycling around the bandstand and sitting on benches enjoying ice cream. Whilst it was rather windy the potential rain held off and we had a brilliant concert to end the summer bandstand season at Chippenham.
We played several marches “Barnyard Castle”, “Musket, Fife and Drum” and “Blaze Away” which are always well received. We also played medleys of familiar tunes including “Beach Boys” and “Viva Italia”, some swing pieces such as “Cheek to Cheek” and songs to dance by – with our own conductor going off-stage to dance to “Rock Around the Clock”. I wasn’t certain if anyone joined in with the motions for “Loco-Motion” and the YMCA part of “Disco Lives” but I heard a few sing along to “Tequila”! Some film music made it to the mix including “Toy Story 2” and “Pirates of the Caribbean”.
Despite an overcast day, there was a tremendous turnout of people attending the fair and it’s various stalls. Morris dancers also entertained (thankfully far enough away so our music didn’t clash!) We played a variety of pieces with the crowd applauding most the RAF March Past and Viva Italia medley. I couldn’t tell if anyone joined in on the YMCA or sang along with Tequila as I was concentrating on playing!
Our two sets were at 12:30-13:30, 14:30-15:30 in front of the war memorial. Some ex-band members were a pleasant sight in the audience and band members’ families enjoyed the afternoon too.
Notes for next time:
- The National Trust car park, even with diligent car park attendants, had a queue almost back to the A350 before 12:00 so try to head over earlier if posssible.
- Lacock Church itself is a great source of tea, coffee and generous portions of cake – all for a good cause.