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.

Quiz Night Friday 5th July 2019

We are fundraising to help with our costs linked with our qualification for the second Section Finals of the Brass Band Championships of Great Britain in Cheltenham in September.

We are holding a Quiz night on Friday 5th July at our Bandroom, at Wix Ex-Services Club, Harwich Road, Wix, Essex, starting at 7.30pm. Entry will be £2.00 per person, and there will be teams of 6, so if you would like to bring along a group of friends, please do so. If you would like to come as a couple or individual, you can join with others to make up a team,.

There will be a cash bar, with teas and coffees being available, please bring your own nibbles, (but no nuts please)

If you would like to come along, please let us know, either by email ( or or by phone 0845 250 0581

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.

Rotterdam ann Zee (RAZ Band) information

40141779455_bb04553ce8_oRotterdam ann Zee music association consists of music school, youth orchestra, show and marching band and concert band.Our association with them goes back to 2006.

The following, are extracts from the groups website, as background to the concert on the 2nd June. Weather permitting, the marching Band will be performing outside,prior to the concert.


Wind band “Rotterdam aan Zee” was founded 1917 in Hoek van Holland as a wind orchestra for the working class and has had different ensembles during it’s existence. Since 1997 we have both a Concert Band and a Marching Band. The Concert Band performs several times a year including two annual concerts in spring and autumn, a summer concert and the annual “Westland festival” where we compete against other wind orchestras in the region.

The Marching Band has grown in membership and musical performance since it’s start in 1997. They have different performances and parades every year. A few years ago the marching band were transformed into show band performing field shows at tatoos in the Netherlands. Wind band “Rotterdam aan Zee” is a dynamic orchestra with many youth members, who really enjoy playing music together and entertaining audiences.

The youth orchestra is the newest part of Muziekvereniging Rotterdam aan Zee. The first rehearsal took place on April 3, 2009 and since then there has been repeated with great enthusiasm on a weekly basis. Since December 2013 the orchestra has been conducted by conductor Martin Aalbregt. To prepare the beginning musicians to play in the Concert Band and / or Marching Band of Rotterdam aan Zee, they can play in the youth orchestra very quickly. There they learn how fun it is to make music in groups, how to watch the conductor and much more.

Since August 2017, the Concert Band has a new permanent conductor: Peter Habraken.

Peter Habraken (1975) attended the open days of all Technical Universities in the Netherlands at the age of sixteen and after completing his Gymnasium diploma started the Mechanical Engineering study in Enschede.

However, his nature decided differently: after four weeks he changed course and from that moment he studied music! This resulted in three Conservatory degrees: classical clarinet, harmony and brass band (Enschede) and jazz clarinet (The Hague).

Peter has been professionally associated for eight years as a clarinettist and double bass clarinettist at the Royal Navy Chapel. In 2007 he resigned himself and since then he has followed his own artistic adventure as an independent composer, conductor, clarinetist and saxophonist.

As a conductor he has been working with a huge variety of ensembles for years – from classical choir to concert band to big band. His broad and at the same time profound musical interest is also reflected in his work as clarinettist and saxophonist.

As an autodidact composer, Peter gets his professional knowledge, techniques and sources of inspiration from the entire music and art history. And if that benefits the composition, he mixes classic and popular styles with each other’s heart.

Show & Marching Band Rotterdam aan Zee was founded in 1997 and is one of the three parts of Muziekvereniging Rotterdam aan Zee from Hoek van Holland and is the face of the association on the street.

The Show & Marching Band lends its cooperation to various festivities such as Carnival Parades, Lampion Parades and Evening Four Days. The band also performs in France, Belgium and Germany and shows are performed at tapes. In 2015, the Show & Marching Band was a guest at tapes in Krimpen aan de Lek, Ter Heijde aan Zee and Pijnacker. In 2016 the band did a three-day tour where five gigs were given in France (Le Touquet-Paris-Plage and Merlimont) and Belgium (Ghent and Overijse). In all places they participated in street parades and in Le Touquet the band also provided a tap show.

The repertoire of the band is characterized by the fact that no traditional marching music is played. The band only plays entertainment music, including many pop music, most of which are from the United States. This results in a modern presentation that is pleasant to listen to and fun to perform.

Show & Marching Band Rotterdam aan Zee is led by Martin Aalbregt. The instruction of the percussion group is in the hands of Jennifer Heins. Marcel van der Valk is responsible for writing the shows and practicing the exercise.





Generous donation to the Band

Walton British Legion Cheque for band 2.5.19Following our recent promotion and success, we are extremely pleased and grateful to The Support Shop in Walton for financial support .
The money donated will go towards further training and preparation for our forthcoming participation in the National Brass Band Association
Finals in Cheltenham in September.
Our Band consists of players from throughout the Tendring District and we are pleased to support our community with concerts and events. It is
fantastic that the local community are willing to support us.

Venues sought for future ‘Tendring Brass on Tour’ Concerts.

As part of our aim of going out into the Community of Tendring we are now seeking a new venue for one of our future ‘Tendring Brass on Tour’ concerts.

Concerts have previously been held in Frinton, Great Bromley, St Osyth, Brightlingsea, Manningtree and Holland-on-Sea.

If you know of a venue that could hold one of our concerts, preferably in a new area – please let us know.

Our requirements are : Raised stage area or similar suitable for the band (normally 25-30 players), audience seating for between 120-150,  car parking nearby, good kitchen facilities, adequate other rooms for use, including toilets to comply with the requirements of the Child Performance Regulations.

Any suggestions will be considered.

Please contact us with your suggestions.

Thank you