Tendring Brass’s 20th year at the Westcliff theatre was a great success after nearly 2 years of isolated, distanced and outside playing. On the afternoon of 7th November, the audience were treated to a musical and visual journey of life for band members during 2020. The concert included excellent solos, which individuals have been perfecting, including Big Spender, Jerusalem, Over the Rainbow and Carrickfergus. Tendring Brass also accompanied back screened videos which they produced during lockdown.
The band were delighted to be joined once again by Clacton Amateur Dramatic Society for a taster of their joint stage production of Brassed Off showing at the Westcliff theatre, Clacton 25, 26, and 27 November. (Tickets available from the theatre).
As a result of moving our remembrance concert forwards this year it enabled more standards to attend adding to the poignance of the annual act of remembrance.
As well as supporting NHS welfare charities (£320) from ticket sales Tendring Brass donated raffle profits to the local RNLI (£300) and the Royal British Legion took a leaving collection. (£100)
If you attended a memorial service around the Tendring area the following Sunday, 14th November, you will have heard the last post played by one of 14 buglers which we were honoured to provide again this year.
We have a busy schedule planned not only up to Christmas but well into the new year. Join us at the Columbine Centre, Walton on the afternoon of
19th December at 3pm for our family Christmas Concert.(tickets @£5 available on the door).
On Saturday 24th July Tendring Brass Main Band performed on Mersea Island at the invitation of the island’s Royal British Legion to celebrate the 100th year of the RBL.
This was the first outing since the end of 2019, due to the pandemic, and it was really good to be out performing again to the public. The band set up under a canopy in the car park of the Legion Hall, and played an assortment of music under the direction of the band’s Assistant Musical Director David Rowland. The afternoon was a great success and was enjoyed by all those present at the celebrations.
On 27th February 2021, Tendring Brass received an invitation to play the piece ‘Lions of Legends’ for the National Brass Band finals at Cheltenham in September later this year. We will be representing the London and Southern Counties second section, which will be a huge honour for us. It has been fun rehearing this piece together as a band virtually and we cannot wait to bring it all together live.
Monday night was Virtual Quiz Night for Tendring Brass.
Members from the Band joined together for an evening of Quiz fun via Zoom.
13 teams fought out various rounds including : Lockdown Essentials, And the Letter is….., Mandela Effect, Name that Tune, Card, Uk Landmarks.
Everyone seemed to enjoy the evening and the scoring was very high.
William fought very bravely by himself and ended up with the honour of being our first ‘VirtualWooden Spoon’ holder.
At the end the results were as follows :
4th = with 80 points – Paul and Grace Scutcher. 4th = with 80 points – Dave & Becky. 3rd with 85 points – Ryan. 2nd with 89 points- Jane, Chris & Charli. 1st with 95.5 points and our first quiz champions The Lever Family. Congratulations! Well done to everyone who took part, and with special thanks to Quizmaster & Scorers Antony & Caroline – Thank-you for a great evening.
During the second national lock down Tendring Brass were invited to attend a new initiative launched by the Royal Marines Band Service. 28 Members from all four bands (ages ranging from 8 upwards) enjoyed a very informative masterclass entitled “Using Practise Time Efficiently”. The masterclass was hosted by Cpl Craig Sanders (percussion) ably assisted by LCpl Matt Fletcher (Euphonium) who guided us through some of the different strategies he has found useful to enhance the practicing process.
Both Matt and Craig have had successful careers in Brass Banding. Matt formally playing for the Cory Band and Craig (a former Tendring Brass member) currently plays with the Flowers Band.
With this initial success Tendring Brass are looking forward to further masterclasses in the future with The Royal Marines Band Service.
As we have not been able to meet as a band since March 2020, we have been focusing on the future progression of our organisation.
We are in the process of being gifted our band room in Wix and renovations have started. (see full information on Band room Project post) This initial part of the work is due to be completed in Spring of next year.
Up to this date, all work has been self-funded by ourselves and Wix ex services Club. However we have extensive plans to facilitate a centre for musical education and appreciation over the next decade, building a legacy of musical knowledge and enjoyment within the community.
To that end we are delighted to welcome Nigel Spencer MBE as our new Band President. Nigel has been a tremendous advocate for Tendring Brass over many years and his enthusiasm will undoubtedly enhance the Tendring Brass vision.
Tendring Brass can also announce that we have recently gained Charity Status (charity number 1192431) which should benefit the whole organisation financially into the future.
Project One involves removing /renewing the rotten outer & inner skins of the building from the store room door round to the kitchen door. Removing the interior wall between the back of the store room / back of bar creating an L shaped storage area which will then be fitted out with shelving (existing / new) for all the spare instruments and equipment (leaving the main room much clearer). Finally a new wall will be built right across the back of the bar, which can then be decorated and equipped to suit our future requirements.
Update of work to date 1.12.20.
The rear wall and a section of the side of the building has been completely replaced and made watertight, with external battens in preparation of new cladding. The kitchen window has been replaced, along with a new rear security door.
Inside, the new storeroom has been lined and work is underway to paint, ready for the shelving to be reinstated (& filled!)
Inside, the kitchen wall has been prepared ready for plasterboard & finish. When funds allow, we hope to replace the kitchen units and reinstate the sink unit.
Good progress in view of the current restrictions.
As soon as space is cleared in the main Bandroom, and restrictions allow we hope to get back to small group playing.
Should any readers be interested in assisting us financially with any aspect of our redevelopment, please make contact with us, details on the contact page of the website. Thank you.
Update 11.12.20. The walls have been plastered and are now drying out ready for painting.
The exterior cladding has arrived and will be installed when the weather allows.