Our second event of the Christmas Season saw the Band take to the Streets of Congresbury for the annual Christmas Fair.
Following a couple of colder nights, the crowds were treated to a clear and dry evening with plenty of stalls to keep them occupied. We started playing immediately after the local Morris Men had entertained the crowd with a selection of dances and music. Our repertoire consisted mainly of Carols which the audience enjoyed and helped out with lots of enthusiastic vocals. We even had a group of young percussionists join us from the audience to help keep the Band in time.
The Band members were even treated to a Burger by the Organiser’s which went down a treat. A great evening was had by all!!!!
The management of Morrisons at Worle were kind enough to allow the Band to play in the toasty warm Café on Sunday 11th December. We played a mix of traditional Carols and other songs with a Christmas theme. Our bucket collectors were kept busy and lots of lovely comments were made about the rich sound of the Band. One praising shopper even thought we sounded as good as a CD…….high praise indeed!! Part way through our marathon stint we were joined by a dozen or so Morrison colleagues who formed their own choir for half a dozen carols. Once again we had lots of young percussionists join the Band playing an array of tambourines, shakers and triangles. The most popular song of the day was Schneewalzer arranged by one of favourite composers Goff Richards. The song is a waltz based on a traditional Austrian song written in the early part of the 20th Century. Both shopppers and staff were seen to be swaying in the aisles to the sound of this wonderful song, fantastic!!!!!!!
Another cold and windy day at Clevedon Bandstand for our second outing of 2016.
However the band, although not best dressed for the weather, were not dispirited and enjoyed playing a wide range of music styles including marches, arrangements of pop and show songs along with hymns, classical and jazz pieces.
There were solos for trombone (The Old Rugged Cross), flugelhorn (Angels), cornets (I Knew him so well and The Shepherds Song ) and the horn section (Hey Jude and Whiter Shade of Pale).
There was an appreciative audience who also braved the weather, apparently some children even danced to the Lincolnshire Poacher, and the collecion raised over £75 which we will share with Weston Hospicecare and Children's Hospice SW. Here's hoping that the weather will be "perfect" on our next visit to the bandstand on 17 July.
With smaller than usual numbers, players doubling up on other parts and the help of a guest player (thanks John) the band provided the musical entertainment for the Garden Trail event at Hill View, Sandford on Sunday 12th June 2016 which raises money for the Children’s Hospice South West. The audience enjoyed their creams teas whilst the band, nestled comfortably in a gazebo, played a variety of music from marches to musicals, including “Congratulations” to celebrate the Queen’s official birthday. The band also enjoyed the cream teas and cakes in their break which gave them plenty of “energy” to complete the musical entertainment for a wonderful afternoon.