News – New Band President & Charity Status update 23.11.20.

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.

Bandroom Improvements 2020- Project 1.

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.

Tendring Virtual Band Performance 17.8.20

During the Band’s absence from the Bandroom we have recently recorded a Virtual Band Performance of the British Legion March.

This was a new experience for everyone involved,each player recording their part in the comfort of their own homes- and it’s not as easy as you may think!

Well done to everyone involved, with special thanks to Trumpet Dave for organising, and to Andy Heard, who spend time putting the performance together.

**Check out the finished article on the Band’s Facebook page **

Facebook – Tendring Brass Band.

Bandroom car park tidy 2.7.20

During this week a small group from the Band had a Socially -Distanced tidy up of the areas around the Bandroom.

Unfortunately at this time the Band are unable to meet together to play, despite this, the grounds needed clearing so that when the time comes to meet again, the outside areas are clear and tidy.

Thanks to David H, Ron, Carol, Jane and Chris the areas around the Bandroom were cleared of undergrowth, and the grass areas mowed.

Ron has also been busy in the Bandroom installing sanitising stations in preparation for the return of members into the building.

Well done to all those involved, the grounds are looking so much better after your efforts!

VE Day Celebrations. 8th May 2020

Despite being in Lockdown, several of our members took part in VE Day commemorations & celebrations throught the Tendring District.

Whilst observing social distancing, members performed The Last Post in their streets, whilst others put on an inpromptu mini concert of old time songs from the War years.

Congratulations and thanks to Chloe, Ellie, Dave F, Maisey, William, Trumpet Dave, Jane, Saffron, Jenny, Oliver & Ted – we know that all you were appreciated in your respective areas.

Band Diary for 2020 **Updated 18.09.20**

Here are a few dates for your diaries. Clearly, in consideration of the current Coronavirus situation we will continually review all our events, which may be subject to change.

At Tendring Brass we take very seriously the health and welfare of all our members, supporters and concert attendees, and if there is any concern in this area, we will cancel or rearrange events if necessary.

Thankyou for your understanding

Sunday 22nd March 2020 – Band contesting at London & Southern Counties Area contest in Stevenage. Cancelled

Sunday 5th April 2020 – Community Band playing at the Dovercourt Half Marathon (casual event – not a concert) Cancelled

Sunday 26th April 2020 – Band room Open Day. From 10am until 4pm. Performances during the day from our Academy, our Community Band and our Main Band. Full details to follow. Postponed – will be rearranged for later in the year.

Saturday 9th May 2020 – Walton Royal British Legion VE Day Dance event – Columbine Centre, Walton.Cancelled – but may hopefully be rescheduled when the situation allows.

Sunday 7th June 2020 – Charity Fundraising Concert at the Salvation Army Citadel in Clacton. Concert starts at 3pm . Not ticketed, but retiring voluntary charity collection at conclusion of event. Postponed – will hopefully be rearranged for a future date.

Thursday 18th until Saturday 20th June 2020 – Band members will be performing with members of Clacton Amateur Dramatic Society in the production of “Brassed Off” at the Westcliff Theatre, Clacton. Tickets will only be available from the Westcliff Box office. Postponed – will hopefully be rearranged for future dates.

Saturday 1st August 2020 – Frinton Mission Opening Night Concert – Frinton Greensward. Tickets from Frinton Mission organisers. Event cancelled.

Sunday 4th October 2020 – Tendring Brass on Tour Concert Series – St Osyth Village Hall. 3pm. Event Cancelled. Hopefully we will be able to reschedule this concert for some time next year.

Sunday 8th November 2020 – Annual Westcliff Remembrance Concert, with Chase Lane School Choir. 3pm – Tickets will be available from the Westcliff Box Office. Event Cancelled.

Saturday 12th December 2020 – Royal British Legion Carol Service – All Saints Parish Church, Dovercourt. Event Cancelled

Saturday 19th December 2020 – Tendring on Tour ‘Christmas Spectacular’ event . Full details and location to be confirmed. Keep the date free !! Event Cancelled


Band Dinner and Awards – February 2020

On the evening of Saturday 29th February just under 50 diners gathered at our Bandroom at Wix for our Annual Dinner and Awards evening.

This was the first occasion where we have held the evening at the Bandroom and all the hard work and planning ensured that everyone enjoyed a three course sit down meal prepared by our visiting caterers and waiting staff (and very good they were too ! – Thankyou to the ‘Curry Cart’ of Dovercourt!)

At the end of the meal, Antony, our Musical Director gave a short resume of the Bands recent progress and preparation for our forthcoming competition entries (SCABA at Brighton, and our Regional Competition at Stevenage) and then came the eagerly awaited presentation of awards. A shortlist of Nominations for each Award was given to every band member, so they could vote for whom they thought was deserving of the Award.

The award winners were:

The Alf Simpson Cup – for the Young Bandsman of the Year 2019-2020 – Annabel Brookes.

The Charles Carter Cup– for the Bandsman of the Year 2019-2020 – David Rowland

The Jack Quaintance Memorial Vase – for the Main Band Section of the Year 2019-2020 – The Bass Section

Congrats also to David, and Keith, who were unable to be at the event.

The Harwen Cup – The Player of the Year 2019-2020 – Paul Burnage

Thankyou to Emma our Band Chairperson for presenting the awards and for all the hardwork involved in organising such a succesful evening.

Thanks also to Alex for preparing a few Fun Awards, (for memorable events or characters within the Band) that rounded off a great evening

Fantastic Training Weekend. (14-16 Feb 2020)

Tendring Brass recently held a training weekend at their bandroom in Wix.

The weekend was part of the Band’s ongoing development and training programme, aimed specifically at the Bands forthcoming entries into the SCABA Spring Contest in Brighton, and the London and Southern Counties area competition of the Brass Band Championships of Great Britain.

The weekend was directed by the Bands Musical advisor and friend David Johnson.

We began on Friday night with a run through of the ‘The Golden Sabre’, the piece of music set for 2nd Section bands, to allow David to gauge the level of work needed to bring the performance up to contest standard. We soon realised we had a lot to accomplish.

Saturday was a day split in to workshops for the different sections within the band, culminating in a Lower Section run through. Our supporters kindly provided Pie & Pint at lunch time and plied us with lots of cups of tea and cake at the various intervals.

Sunday was full day 10-3pm of continually repeating performances and concentrating on some technicalities, rhythms and general ensemble togetherness. David announced that our last run through of the piece, before he began his long journey back to Cornwall, was a significant improvement of Fridays first performance and that he had been pleased with all our work to reach that standard. He set us all some homework! ready to impress him when he returns in March!! we hope.

Tendring Brass appoint new Musical Advisor

It is with great pleasure that Tendring Brass can announce that David Johnson has joined the organisation as a musical advisor.

The news was released and celebrated in a recent post on the popular Brass Banding website 4Barsrest as follows :::

The north-east Essex based Tendring Brass has announced the appointment of the highly experienced David Johnson as their new Professional Musical Adviser.

He will both prepare and conduct the band at the forthcoming scaba (Brighton) contest and London & Southern Counties Regional Championship in Stevenage in March.

Self evident

Musical Director, Antony Sanders told 4BR: “Tendring Brass is very fortunate to have worked with both Paul Holland and David Johnson over the past five years and the progress made throughout this period with their help is pretty self-evident.

I’ve known David for many years. His wealth of musical knowledge, experience and enthusiasm can only benefit the band further as it looks to build on some fantastic results in its first ever year at Second Section level.”

I’ve known David for many years. His wealth of musical knowledge, experience and enthusiasm can only benefit the band further as it looks to build on some fantastic results in its first ever year at Second Section levelAntony Sanders