Biddestone Fete

The hottest day of the year so far (not a cloud in sight) so we were grateful to have the shelter of a marquee whilst playing our 2 sets at the Biddestone Fete. We played 2-4 with an interval when it’s always a delight to wander the various stalls – my particular favourite is the Refreshments tent where the cakes once prizes have been awarded end up on sale!

Our sets included a great variety of tunes from The Muppets to My Way, Barnyard Castle to our Star Wars medley. Alan even opened the fete at 2pm with a bugle call.

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First World War Centenary Versailles Treaty, The Cause, Chippenham

A poignant afternoon with a mixture of playing more of our older pieces, viewing the memorial and listening to Dave Webber & Anni Fentiman sing. Alan Horner as well as conducting our band also played the Last Post.

Richard Lambert-Stiles’s research on the soldiers from the Causeway Methodist Brotherhood who lost their lives over a century ago has been arranged into a permanent display by Charlie Graham-May.

Norma had baked delicious cakes and was providing tea and coffee for all attendees. Overall a relaxed and thought provoking afternoon.

Start of Bandstand Season, John Coles Park, Chippenham

Whilst it was a bit cooler than some previous May concerts, there were smiles all round and quite a few audience members enjoying ice cream whilst others warmed up with hot beverages from the kiosk instead. It was fantastic to have such a supportive audience for the first John Coles park concert of the season and the bandstand was filled near to bursting as almost all musicians were able to attend. We played a variety of tunes including Shrek, Curly’s Airships (March 1919), Frank Sinatra’s My Way and medleys such as a selection of Robbie Williams, Viva Italia and Beach Boys.

Our next concert at John Coles park will be 14th July and we will be ending the season on 15th September. For other concerts in the park please follow this link.

John Coles Park Bandstand Concert May 2019

Good Friday, 19th April, Leekes Melksham

We had a delightful time playing in the outer foyer of Leekes to entertain bank holiday shoppers visiting the store in the surprisingly summer April morning.

Our tunes included Elvis Presley: “Always on my Mind”, Robbie Williams: “Have You Met Miss Jones” & “Mack The Knife”, Frank Sinatra: “My Way”, Fool’s Garden: “Lemon Tree”, “Basin Street Blues”, Beach Boys medley, “Teddy Bears’ Picnic”, “March: 1919”, an Italian medley and other songs.

We ended our set with “We’ll Meet Again”; it would certainly be great to be invited back next year!

Private Christmas Concert

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!

Remembrance Event

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.

End of bandstand season, John Coles Park Chippenham

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”.

John Coles Park, during Disco Lives

Lacock Village Fair

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.

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!