We started our caroling season at Morrisons, playing to the shoppers entering and leaving the store. We played various tunes from traditional carols (God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, While Shepherds Watches) to Jingle Bells and The Holly and the Ivy. Donations were collected for our charity.
We were delighted to play a 2 hour set at the Longleat Centre Parcs, with a pause at 11 for our bugler to perform the Last Post. The rest of the session included swing pieces, traditional marches, theme tunes and other music such as Teddy Bear’s Picnic!
The end of another summer concert season always seems to arrive much too fast! We played our usual tunes with much gusto for the visitors to the park; our upcoming winter rehearsals involve practising new pieces so in the next bandstand season guests can look forward to hearing new tunes!
We always enjoy playing to the crowds in the afternoon at John Coles Park. Our pieces range from classical to theme tunes, marches to swing band medleys.
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!