Members from Tendring Brass were again out in force this year supporting Remembrance events throughout the Tendring District. It is always a privilage to be asked to assist with these events in the community, and we are pleased to report that we were again able to cover all requests for assistance.
“Probably the best yet ” – was a comment following our recent Remembrance Concert at the Westcliff Theatre, Clacton. An almost packed theatre of between 400- 450 had a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon being entertained by the Band, with their special guests Chase Lane School Choir.
The Choir were on fantastic form, and the Band would like to express their thanks to the children who performed so well, the helpers who ensured everyone involved was safe, and to the School leadership for allowing the Choir to attend the event. The children were a credit to the school.
The afternoon was based on the ‘Memories’ theme, featured pieces which provided the audience with a variety of nostalgic thoughts form years gone by. The Band were also on top form, a testimony to the time and hard work spent rehearsing for the concert.
Particular mention to Ellie Bould and Chloe Jay, who on Cornet, faultlessly played the Flower Duet Arranged by Philip Sparke, during the first half of the concert.
During the second half, Becky Smith treated the audience to a Flugel Horn solo “Big Spender” shortly followed by the intrepid duo of Guy Lever and Andrew Cole with their Euphonium duet “Me and my Shadow” – no doubt causing much Toe-tapping amongst the very appreciative audience.
Traditionally in the Bands Remembrance concerts, there is a time to reflect on the sacrifice made by so many over the years for our freedom, and this year the Act of Remembrance was preceeded by the poignant piece ‘Final Countdown/Love Changes Everything’ arranged by a friend of the Band, David Cole in commemoration of the 11 Royal Marine Bandsmen who lost their lives in the Deal bombing in September 1989.
A reflective end to a great afternoon of musical entertainment . Well done to everyone involved.
With Christmas being less than 10 weeks away (!!!) – now is perhaps the time to think about a Christmas Party.
The Christmas Spectacular 2019 will be held at the Columbine Centre Walton -on-Naze on Saturday 21st December.
Entry is by pre- purchased tickets only, and will be available soon, but now is the time to reserve your places. Why not consider coming along perhaps as part of a small group , perhaps friends or work collegues, who can all be at the same table
Last years event was a hit with all those who came along, and this year we are at a larger venue for fun, music and dancing.
Please contact the Band as soon as possible to reserve your tickets to avoid disappointment.
For the last few years Tendring Brass Band have had the use, by kind permission of its owners, to use the facilities of Wix Ex-Services Club, Wix Essex.
We are now pleased to report that following recent meetings of the committees of both the Band and the Ex-Services Club, that agreement has been reached allowing Tendring Brass to take over the running of the premises. Recently, our Tendring Brass Academy has moved into the building (having moved from Chase Lane School, Dovercourt) and runs on a Tuesday evening between 5.30 and 7pm. Following Academy, our Community Band meets between 7.15 and 8.30pm.
On Mondays, our Main Band ( Concert Band and Contest Band ) meet.
We are now looking forward to updating some of the facilities at the building, by tidying or renewing some of the fitments.
We also intend to hold other Band-related events in the hall, as fundraising for this exciting opportunity in the bands history.
If any of our followers would like to know more about our plans, or would like to assist us in any way, please make contact with us.
Tendring Brass will be holding a festive band social quiz for all the family in the run up to Christmas.
Come along and join in the fun with all rounds of questions being Christmas based. Arrive at 7pm for a 7.30 start. Teams of six plus (children under 10 allowed as extras)
£2.50 per person entry (includes festive nibbles). Licenced bar.
We are pleased to announce that our Academy has moved from Chase Lane School,Dovercourt to our Bandroom in Wix, and the last two Tuesdays have been very successful
Thanks to Chase Lane for allowing us to use their premises over the years.
Although our Dovercourt based students have a little further to travel, we feel that the situation of Wix in the Tendring peninsular will be easier for students to travel from other areas of the district.
The Academy will continue to run on a Tuesday night, starting at 5.30 and finishing at 7pm. During the evening there will be group theory lessons and beginners brass.
Following Academy, commencing at 7.15, is our Community Band rehearsal. Our more advanced students form part of this group along with those who wish to return to Brass banding on a less formal level that our Concert/ Contest Bands provide.
Anyone interested in our Academy or Community Band can contact us for further details.
Tendring Brass are very lucky to have a large car park at their Bandroom in Wix, but over the summer period there has been vigorous growth of weeds and brambles restricting parking space.
Today, a small group of band volunteers set to work to clear the undergrowth and make the car park neat and tidy.
Thanks to the hard work of Ron, Carol, Antony, Caroline, Emma, Ellie, Janjelo, Robin, Annabel, Maisy, Michelle, Ted, Jane and Chris, the car park has been transformed into a clear and tidy area.
The Band would also like to thank a friend of the Band, George Lord, who assisted with the debris removal. Thanks George.