VE Day Celebrations. 8th May 2020

Despite being in Lockdown, several of our members took part in VE Day commemorations & celebrations throught the Tendring District.

Whilst observing social distancing, members performed The Last Post in their streets, whilst others put on an inpromptu mini concert of old time songs from the War years.

Congratulations and thanks to Chloe, Ellie, Dave F, Maisey, William, Trumpet Dave, Jane, Saffron, Jenny, Oliver & Ted – we know that all you were appreciated in your respective areas.

Band Diary for 2020 **Updated 02.05.20**

Here are a few dates for your diaries. Clearly, in consideration of the current Coronavirus situation we will continually review all our events, which may be subject to change.

At Tendring Brass we take very seriously the health and welfare of all our members, supporters and concert attendees, and if there is any concern in this area, we will cancel or rearrange events if necessary.

Thankyou for your understanding

Sunday 22nd March 2020 – Band contesting at London & Southern Counties Area contest in Stevenage. Cancelled


Sunday 5th April 2020 – Community Band playing at the Dovercourt Half Marathon (casual event – not a concert) Cancelled


Sunday 26th April 2020 – Band room Open Day. From 10am until 4pm. Performances during the day from our Academy, our Community Band and our Main Band. Full details to follow. Postponed – will be rearranged for later in the year.


Saturday 9th May 2020 – Walton Royal British Legion VE Day Dance event – Columbine Centre, Walton.Cancelled – but may hopefully be rescheduled when the situation allows.


Sunday 7th June 2020 – Charity Fundraising Concert at the Salvation Army Citadel in Clacton. Concert starts at 3pm . Not ticketed, but retiring voluntary charity collection at conclusion of event. Postponed – will hopefully be rearranged for a future date.


Thursday 18th until Saturday 20th June 2020 – Band members will be performing with members of Clacton Amateur Dramatic Society in the production of “Brassed Off” at the Westcliff Theatre, Clacton. Tickets will only be available from the Westcliff Box office. Postponed – will hopefully be rearranged for future dates.


Saturday 1st August 2020 – Frinton Mission Opening Night Concert – Frinton Greensward. Tickets from Frinton Mission organisers. Event cancelled.


Summer Break.


Sunday 4th October 2020 – Tendring Brass on Tour Concert Series – St Osyth Village Hall. 3pm.


Sunday 8th November 2020 – Annual Westcliff Remembrance Concert, with Chase Lane School Choir. 3pm – Tickets will be available from the Westcliff Box Office.


Saturday 12th December 2020 – Royal British Legion Carol Service – All Saints Parish Church, Dovercourt.


Saturday 19th December 2020 – Tendring on Tour ‘Christmas Spectacular’ event . Full details and location to be confirmed. Keep the date free !!

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Band Dinner and Awards – February 2020

On the evening of Saturday 29th February just under 50 diners gathered at our Bandroom at Wix for our Annual Dinner and Awards evening.

This was the first occasion where we have held the evening at the Bandroom and all the hard work and planning ensured that everyone enjoyed a three course sit down meal prepared by our visiting caterers and waiting staff (and very good they were too ! – Thankyou to the ‘Curry Cart’ of Dovercourt!)

At the end of the meal, Antony, our Musical Director gave a short resume of the Bands recent progress and preparation for our forthcoming competition entries (SCABA at Brighton, and our Regional Competition at Stevenage) and then came the eagerly awaited presentation of awards. A shortlist of Nominations for each Award was given to every band member, so they could vote for whom they thought was deserving of the Award.

The award winners were:

The Alf Simpson Cup – for the Young Bandsman of the Year 2019-2020 – Annabel Brookes.

The Charles Carter Cup– for the Bandsman of the Year 2019-2020 – David Rowland

The Jack Quaintance Memorial Vase – for the Main Band Section of the Year 2019-2020 – The Bass Section

Congrats also to David, and Keith, who were unable to be at the event.

The Harwen Cup – The Player of the Year 2019-2020 – Paul Burnage

Thankyou to Emma our Band Chairperson for presenting the awards and for all the hardwork involved in organising such a succesful evening.

Thanks also to Alex for preparing a few Fun Awards, (for memorable events or characters within the Band) that rounded off a great evening

Forthcoming Band Events for 2020

Saturday 29th February 2020- Annual Band Dinner & Awards evening.

Sunday 8th March 2020 – SCABA Spring Band ContestBrighton.

Sunday 22nd March 2020 – Stevenage Regional Contest. London & Southern Counties Region of the Brass Band Championships of Great Britain.

Sunday 5th April 2020 – Community Band playing in Harwich at the Harwich Half Marathon event.

Sunday 26th April 2020- Wix. Bandroom Open Day (full details to follow)

Saturday 9th or Sunday 10th May 2020 – Community Band playing at Harwich Rugby Festival – full details still to be confirmed.

Sunday 7th June 2020- Concert for Salvation Army Charity – Clacton Citadel.

Thursday 18th June 2020 – Saturday 20th June 2020 inclusive – “Brassed Off” theatre production with Clacton Amateur Dramatic Society at Westcliff Theatre, Clacton.

Saturday 1st August 2020- Concert at opening night of Frinton Mission 2020 – Frinton Greensward.

October 2020 – proposed Tendring on Tour series Autumn concert in St Osyth (full details to be confirmed)

Sunday 8th November 2020 – Annual Westcliff Remembrance Concert – “Heal Our World ” with Chase Lane School Choir – Westcliff Theatre, Clacton.

December 2020- We are planning to hold our Christmas Spectacular again this year, full details still to be confirmed.

Fantastic Training Weekend. (14-16 Feb 2020)

Tendring Brass recently held a training weekend at their bandroom in Wix.

The weekend was part of the Band’s ongoing development and training programme, aimed specifically at the Bands forthcoming entries into the SCABA Spring Contest in Brighton, and the London and Southern Counties area competition of the Brass Band Championships of Great Britain.

The weekend was directed by the Bands Musical advisor and friend David Johnson.

We began on Friday night with a run through of the ‘The Golden Sabre’, the piece of music set for 2nd Section bands, to allow David to gauge the level of work needed to bring the performance up to contest standard. We soon realised we had a lot to accomplish.

Saturday was a day split in to workshops for the different sections within the band, culminating in a Lower Section run through. Our supporters kindly provided Pie & Pint at lunch time and plied us with lots of cups of tea and cake at the various intervals.

Sunday was full day 10-3pm of continually repeating performances and concentrating on some technicalities, rhythms and general ensemble togetherness. David announced that our last run through of the piece, before he began his long journey back to Cornwall, was a significant improvement of Fridays first performance and that he had been pleased with all our work to reach that standard. He set us all some homework! ready to impress him when he returns in March!! we hope.

Tendring Brass appoint new Musical Advisor

It is with great pleasure that Tendring Brass can announce that David Johnson has joined the organisation as a musical advisor.

The news was released and celebrated in a recent post on the popular Brass Banding website 4Barsrest as follows :::

The north-east Essex based Tendring Brass has announced the appointment of the highly experienced David Johnson as their new Professional Musical Adviser.

He will both prepare and conduct the band at the forthcoming scaba (Brighton) contest and London & Southern Counties Regional Championship in Stevenage in March.

Self evident

Musical Director, Antony Sanders told 4BR: “Tendring Brass is very fortunate to have worked with both Paul Holland and David Johnson over the past five years and the progress made throughout this period with their help is pretty self-evident.

I’ve known David for many years. His wealth of musical knowledge, experience and enthusiasm can only benefit the band further as it looks to build on some fantastic results in its first ever year at Second Section level.”

I’ve known David for many years. His wealth of musical knowledge, experience and enthusiasm can only benefit the band further as it looks to build on some fantastic results in its first ever year at Second Section levelAntony Sanders