July – Frinton Mission Concert

We had the great pleasure of playing for the opening night of Frinton Mission 2019, and wow, what a great night.

This was the third year running that we have been asked to perform at such a fantastic event, and each year it gets better and better. Despite the inclement weather, the marquee was packed, with an audience estimated at 250+ who were treated to a very complex repertoire of music entitled ” Broadway meets Hollywood”

Included in the programme were Breezing Down Broadway, Queen Symphonic Highlights, The Greatest Showman, and A Disney Spectacular, to name but a few.

The audience were also treated to the vocal talent of band member, Chloe Jay singing Over The Rainbow and Straighten-up and Flyright, well done Chloe.

Thank-you to Frinton Mission for inviting us, your warm welcome , and post-concert positive feedback. We enjoyed playing, probably just as much as you enjoyed listening.

Thanks to Colin P Brooks photography for allowing us to use these images

Quiz Night 5th July 2019

As part of our fundraising towards costs associated with our trip to Cheltenham for the Second Section Finals of the Brass Band Championships of Great Britain, we held a Quiz night at our Band room in Wix.

Thanks go to Ron Scutcher, one of our long standing support team members for putting the evening together, quizmaster Robbie Bliss, Antony & Caroline for running the bar, and Emma & Chloe for the Bus stop and Raffle.

After an evening of head scratching questions, two of the teams – ‘Team gin + Dave & Charlotte” and “Hot Stuff” tied for first place, and shared the prizes! Well done to both teams.

Thankyou to everyone who attended the evening and made it such a success.

We are pleased to announce that the evening raised a total of £279

July 2019 – Academy End of Term Presentation.

Tuesday 2nd July marked the end of year for our Academy.

Friends and family were invited to come along and see apresentation of what students had achieved during the year.

They were treated to melodies from the Beginners Band, which involved some audience participation, some singing items, a percussion ensemble and finished with the intermediate, more advanced players performing.

The Declan Memorial Shield presented to the student who shows an all round musical ability and commitment throughout the year, was awarded to Maisy Brookes..

The Academy has now closed for a summer break and will start up again in September. Details will be posted nearer the time. Should anyone wishing to join the Academy in September contact us on the Academy email address.

Brass Bands England Course in Wix Thursday 11th July 2019

We are pleased to announce that on 11th July 2019, we will be hosting a Brass Bands England Bandsafe Training event at our Bandroom in Wix. (Wix Ex-Services Club, Harwich Road, Wix, Essex.)

BBE BandSafe Training, developed in partnership with NSPCC, is aimed at all band safeguarding officers. Certification from the course is valid for two years and contributes to your band being able to use the BBE BOPA for Child Performance Licensing.

BandSafe is our accredited training for all band safeguarding officers. The training is a companion to the BandSafe online toolkit, which provides support for users to develop their own policies and procedures based on national guidance given by BBE.

This three-hour workshop, developed in partnership with the NSPCC, has been designed to work alongside the BandSafe tool and will help bands to ensure that they have adequate safeguarding and child protection arrangements in place. All participants will be issued with a certificate of attendance, which will be valid for two years.

The training makes up one of the qualifying elements that bands need to complete to use the BBE BOPA, alongside membership and completion of the BandSafe self-assessment tool. Bands wishing to use the BOPA must have TWO members who have completed the training course.

Full details of this day and how to book on the course can be found on the Brass bands England website, using the link below.

June 2019. Great weekend with our Dutch and Austrian visitors.

Early on Saturday morning (1st June) the ferry arrived into Parkeston, from Holland carrying our Dutch friends from ‘Muziekvereniging Rotterdam ann Zee’ (RaZ Band)

Waiting to meet them were volunteers from our Band, with minibuses and a double decker bus to transport our guests into Harwich for breakfast provided by our hard working weekend catering team.

The weekend had began.

With full stomachs, our guests were transported over to the seaside town of Clacton for a period of free time to explore the town, seafront and pier.

After lunch and a change, a playing area was set up in Clacton town centre for a concert by the Marching Section of the Band, and the Concert Band.

Crowds out enjoying the sunshine, were treated to a great selection of music – and probably not something that was expected in the town centre!

During the concert, our accompanying Band members were busy handing out flyers for the Columbine centre Concert the following day.

RaZ were then transported back to Harwich to collect baggage and on to their accommodation for the night.

The evenings activities commenced with RaZ being transported to Birch Hall Adventures, Kirby le Soken, where the activity barn had been transformed into a staged concert hall with seating and tables, + bar.

Then followed an evening of music, with each band performing, enthusiastically enjoyed by the audience who sand along and danced (& drank!)

Following a delicious BBQ provided by RaZ and their travelling butcher and assistant(!) our other guests from Austria “die Lungauer” continued with their infectious style of music, which added to the atmosphere of singing and dancing.

Thanks to everyone involved with making the evening a success.

The following morning both Tendring Brass and Raz gathered for a pre-concert rehearsal in Dovercourt, lunch and transport over to Walton -on -the -Naze to the Columbine Centre.

RaZ marching band gave a pre- concert marching display for onlookers and early concert arrivals on the grass area in front of the Columbine, then a quick change ready for the main event, a combined concert entitled ‘Bands Across the Sea’

As you can see, a really good mix from the Bands in the first half, culminating in the Massed Bands performing the second half, enjoyed by a large, appreciative audience.

A great weekend was concluded with a ‘Fish & Chip Supper’, socialising and ‘Thankyou’s’ before RaZ were taken back to Parkeston for their evening crossing home.

Thankyou to the weekend planners, the catering team, the drivers, the cleaners, and the general helpers from Tendring Brass and Friends , for making the weekend a success.

May 2019- Walton Civic Service

Tendring Brass had the privilage of playing at this years Tendring District Council Civic Service, held at All Saints’ Parish Church, Walton-on-the-Naze on Saturday 18th May.

The Civic Service was a service of Celebration and Thanksgiving for the work of Tendring District Council, and marked the end of service of the Chairman of the Council Mr Mark Platt, who has held this position for the last two years.

When asked to play at the service by Mr Platt some time ago, the Band were only too willing to support the event as recognition of the tremendous support that Mr Platt has given to the Band over his time in office.

The Band played a selection of pieces as the congregation arrived, and accompanied the hymns during the service.

The Tendring Fanfare, a piece commissioned by Mr Platt for the Pride of Tendring Awards, and composed by former band member Craig Sanders,was also played during the service.

Thankyou Mr Platt for your service to the community of Tendring, and your support of Tendring Brass, the Band hope that this close association with Tendring District Council continues into the future.