September 2018 – Great concert at Manningtree

The Tendring Brass on Tour tour bus stopped in Manningtree this afternoon (Sunday 30th September)and the band played our first ever “Last Night of the Proms” style concert to an almost sold out auditorium at Manningtree High School.  This time we shared the concert with the Tendring Male Voice choir, under the direction of Ilze Robertson, who truly were in fine voice!

The first half was a trip around the British Isles, taking in some Famous British Marches before heading up north to hear the Jarrow Song and then over to the Blaydon Races (an excellent Euphonium Solo played by Guy Lever).  From there, with the help of the Choir, we were Wales bound as they regaled us with Myfanwy, Land of my Farther’s and two other songs.  From Wales it is a quick ferry journey to the Emerald Isle here we heard the hauntingly beautiful Cornet Solo, Carrickfugus (played by Chloe Jay).  James Bond then took us into the interval where it was all change for the band as they swapped band jackets and straight ties for Dinner Suits and bow ties for the men and Red, White or Blue dresses for the ladies – the band looked great!

On with the second half, where our own Caroline Sanders led the singing of We’ll Meet again and White Cliffs of Dover and the choir sang Pack up your Troubles.  Before we could launch fully into the Last Night of the Proms tradition, we hadn’t yet visited Scotland! Step up Charlie Jones with his Bagpipes! Scotland the Brave and then Highland Cathedral (with band accompaniment) made sure no one was left out!  The Choir gave us two more numbers, Men of Harlech and a really nice arrangement of the sea shanty What Shall we do with the Drunken Sailor.  Then we were ready, the audience had their flags, they had programs complete with words and the band were now set for Jerusalem, Pomp and Circumstance No 1 (Land of Hope and Glory) and Fantasia on British Sea Songs (which finishes with Rule Britannia!).

All in all a great concert!  Here’s looking forward to our next engagement at the West Cliff Theatre Clacton on Sunday 11th November at 2.30pm.


September 2018 – ***Academy New Term Dates ***

Tendring Brass Academy will restart on Tuesday 18th September and will be a 10 week term, with half term break being on 23rd October, and then restarting on 30th October until 27th November.

Times will be 5.30 to 8.30pm, at Chase Lane Primary School, Dovercourt.

We currently have some vacancies, so if you would like to learn a Brass instrument, or get back into playing again, the Academy is a great place to start, and is open to all ages.

If you would like to know more about the Academy, please contact us, details on the website contact tab.

Look forward to seeing you there!

September 2018 – Band Family Beach Day in Frinton

Band members met up today  for an end-of-Summer social. Glorious sunshine and golden beaches welcomed several members, friends and families to the informal event at ‘The Leas’ end of Frinton beach.

Lillybet displayed her artistic talents whilst she waited for other band members to arrive by drawing in the sand, several members of the public stopped to admire the the drawings she created.(see pictures)

Following a mini snadcastle competition, younger members of the band took to the water, including the Chairman David, who, after putting on his racing goggles, was seen front crawling towards the horizon, but then quickly returned as lunch was being prepared.

After lunch, a cricket match was held on the sand as the tide came in, steadily reducing the pitch size. Thanks again to David, who retrieved the ball from over the breakwater (where the tide was in!) after a splendid boundary stroke by Ellie, much to her (and others) amazement.Lots of fun and giggles.

The more laid back members of the beach party watched on, drinking tea and chatting.

A lovely relaxing afternoon to end the school summer holidays.

August 2018 – Former Band Member set to join Band of the Grenadier Guards

Former band member, Lorna Wryraft has achieved her long term ambition of a career in Military music, by recently passing out from Kneller Hall, the training center for the Corps of  Army Music.

Lorna was a member of Tendring Brass when it was known as Harwich Royal British Legion Band, and also part of its music school, where Lorna progressed and taught.     She then moved away from Essex for further music study in Devon.


Lorna started her military musical career as a trainee with HM Royal Marines, but then transferred to the Corps of Army Music where she completed her phase 2 training, passing out recently. The next stage in Lorna’s life will be to join the Band of the Grenadier Guards as a tuba player.

Congratulations Lorna

You are an inspiration to others, as you have said ‘ the last 4 years have been a real rollercoaster’ but your dedication,  perseverence and commitment to achieve your goal, have rewarded you with the career you have wanted for so long. Well done

August 2018 – Band BBQ

A warm and sunny afternoon, combined with the fantastic location of Birch Hall Adventures, Kirby le Soken, provided perfect conditions and picturesque surroundings for the Band BBQ.

As part of the afternoon, activities had been organised to cater for all.  The firm favourite, was a boat trip out onto the beautiful Walton Backwaters to see the seal colony and other wildlife.

Back at the centre, there was also Archery, or for the more adventurous, the climbing wall.

After the activities everyone enjoyed a BBQ meal, washed down by a few glasses of cold beer and wine ( & soft drinks of course!)

The afternoon was rounded off with a cricket match, with some pretty spectacular bowling, batting and acrobatics by the fielders, much to the amusement of the onlookers.

Lots of laughs, eating, drinking and chatting – Thanks to David for organising the event for us all to enjoy.

August 2018 – Former Band member graduates from HM Royal Marines School of Music.

Tendring Brass are immensly proud of one of their former members, Hannah Rigg, who on Friday graduated from the Royal Marines School of Music, Portsmouth.

Hannah, started playing baritone with Tendring Brass Academy, and progressed up to the main band and moved onto trombone.

In 2015 Hannah joined the Royal Marines Band Service and started her career at the Royal Marines School of Music in Portsmouth, but instead of playing trombone, Hannah was asked to move instrument and play French Horn.

Before music training began however, Hannah attended the HM Royal Marines Commando Training Center, Lympstone to complete her initial military  training.

French Horn was a new instrument for Hannah and when she returned to the school of music she started from scratch, and progressed well and by by the end of the three years at the school achieved the high standard required by the Marines, and passed her exams. On Friday Hannah graduated from the School  of Music, during a ceremony at the school attended by friends and family including Hannahs very proud Mum, Jo.

The following day, the School of Music, performed a concert to a packed audience in the Guildhall, Portsmouth, and then afterwards performed Beating Retreat in the public  square outside .

After some well earned Leave,Hannah will be joining The Band of HM Royal Marines Collingwood to continue her musical career.

           Congratulations Hannah on your achievement

Hannah is the third member of Tendring Brass, who, during the last 5 years have moved on from the Band into a career with the Royal Marines Band Service.

Craig Sanders graduated from the school in 2014 and is now with HM Royal Marines Band Portsmouth, and Pete Gibson graduated in 2016 and is now with HM Royal Marines Band Collingwood, but is shortly moving to the Band of HM Royal Marines CTC Lympstone.

July 2018 – Frinton Mission

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Saturday 28th July saw the Band at The Greensward, Frinton which is the annual venue for the Frinton Mission – a week of events hosted by local churches.

Tendring Brass had the privelege of performing at the opening concert for this years event, and despite facing strong winds which had threatened to launch one of the Mission tents skywards, the event went ahead as scheduled.

A packed marquee of a mixed age audience of approximatly 250 settled down to an evening of a real variety of great music played by the band.

The first half opened with a Cole Porter number ‘Another Opening Another Show’ provided a taste of what  delights the audience had in store from the band. This was closely followed by the hymn ‘Crown Him With Many Crowns’ – the band being accompanied by rousing singing from the audience.

‘Fanfare and Flourises’ then followed, before the whole Marquee paused to reflect on the tragic loss of  a young man in the sea off Clacton recently, a prayer was led by Ian Harrison from the Mission organising committee. The Band then played a very moving piece ‘Guardian of My Soul ‘ – continuing the mood of reflection.

The audience were then treated to  a Bass Trombone Solo ‘Lazy Bones Blues’ by one of the Bands newest members, the talented Paul Burnage, and then a further Trombone feature played again by Paul, Caroline Saunders and Saffina Frazer-Brown, along with Becky Smith on flugel, playing the well known piece from Sister Act ‘ I Will Follow Him’

A further worship song ‘Shout to the Lord’ gave the audience oportunity to air their vocal chords again, before being entertained with ‘Hot Toddy’ and a Glen Miller Special bringing the first half to a conclusion.

‘Valero’ was the opening piece of the second half, closely followed by ‘Under the Boardwalk’  featuring Becky Smith on Flugel and Ed Frazer-Brown on Eb Bass, the Band accompanied the duet with a choreographed routine which raised a smile amongst the audience.

The tempo was raised by the well known Elton John piece ‘Crocodile Rock’ – again, accompanied by the vocals of the audience at the appropriate times !. They then had further singing oportunity with the worship song ‘Come on and Celebrate’

As an acknowledgement of the centenary of the RAF, the Band changed the musical genre to the well known march ‘Eagle Squadron’.

The Bands very own vocalist Caroline Sanders, then led community singing with band accompaniment of  ‘We’ll Meet Again’ and ‘White Cliffs of Dover’

The concert concluded with a piece entitled ‘Salute to Sinatra’ – a mix of well known Sinatra songs such as ‘My Way ‘and ‘New York New York.’

As an encore, and to raise the roof (or Marquee in this case) the concert was closed by a fantastic rendition of Tocatta in D Minor, and then the Blues Brothers number ‘Everybody Needs Somebody’ – with the band donning Trilby hays and sunglasses.

A great ending to a great evening.

The Band’s varied programme for the evening showed the versatility and range of music now being performed, a real treat for the audience who showed their appreciation with thunderous applause.

Thankyou to Frinton Mission for inviting the band to perform for you, we hope you enjoyed listening, singing and dancing, as much as we enjoyed playing for you.

Special acknowledgement to the Band Musical Director Antony Sanders for putting the concert together and for his hard work in preparing  visual accompanyment to enhance the evening,via screens in the marquee for the duration for the concert. Also to a great friend of the Band, Andy Craze, who had assisted with concert rehearsals, and for playing at the concert – Thankyou.

Thanks to Colin P Brooks Photography for some great photos!