Tendring Brass Community Band Launch



On the 26th November 2018, Tendring Brass will be launching a brand new venture, a Community Brass Band aimed at anyone who plays Brass or percussion. This new group will run alongside our main band, but will offer members va less demanding repertoire. Rehearsals will be on Monday evenings from 6.00- 7.30pm at Wix Ex-Services Club, Harwich Road. Wix CO11 2RY

If you would like further information, please make contgact with us on (0845)2500581 or email  :    enquiries@tendringbrassband.co.uk

November 2018 – Band Triumph in Leicester Competition.

On Saturday 17th November the Band travelled up to the Leicester area for an overnight stay prior to participating in the Leicestershire Brass Band Association Open Brass Band Competition the following day.

After an evening rehearsal, food, (& drink!) socialising, and a nights sleep the Band were ready for a last minute practice before travelling to Loughborough Endowed School, the venue for the competition.

The Band were entered in the Third Section competition, playing  a Goff Richards piece entitled ‘Oceans’.  There was stiff competition from a number of oither bands from across the country, each being judged by the adjudicators  Mr Steve Pritchard-Jones and Mr Gordon Eddison.

At the end of the competition, members of the band waited patiently for the results and were rewarded with the announcement that the Band’s Euphonium player Guy Lever had won the Enigma Challenge Cup for the best overall musician – a fantastic achievement – Well done Guy !

The Band were then kept in suspense before the winners were announced – Tendring Brass ! – the hall erupted with cheers as band member Chloe Jay went up to receive the Co-op 150 Challenge Trophy, a certificate and cheque. A great result and reward for all the hard work that the band had put into preparation for the competition.

Special thanks to our MD Antony, for his hard work leading up to the competition and to David Johnson, who recently led a Band Training weekend, and to Craig Sanders who helped at the competition – Thankyou.

November 2018 -‘Lest We Forget’ Concert

Sunday 11th November 2018, 100 years to the day of the end of hostilities in World War One and it was a busy day for Tendring Brass. We had buglers playing The Last Post at 23 different remembrance ceremonies around the Tendring Peninsula; two smaller ensembles in Walton-on-the-Naze and Holland-on-Sea respectively, supporting the nationwide Beacons event; as well as our own remembrance concert, “Lest We Forget”, at the West Cliff Theatre Clacton, where we were supported by CADS – Clacton Amateur Dramatic Society, Tendring Male Voice Choir and Chase Lane Primary School and Nursery Choir. We have put on a concert of remembrance for the last 18 years and this was quite possibly one of the best! The band were on fine form, the choirs in fine voice and the near capacity audience was fantastic and highly appreciative! It is always a great honour, pleasure and a privilege to be able to put on this event, especially when we get to involve so many other talented individuals! But it is the act of remembrance that makes it all worth while, a moment of reflection and contemplation that it is impossible not to be moved by.

Training Weekend 19th-21st October 2018

As part of band development, Tendring Brass have just had a enjoyable but tiring weekend of training in preparation for a contest in Leicester in November.

This was led by ex-Royal Marine Musician David Johnson, who now works as a freelance conductor.

We started with an Open Rehearsal on Friday night to which we invited fellow brass players to join us in playing technically challenging repertoire.

Saturday and Sunday took the form of full band and sectional practice helped by visiting guests from Haverhill band. Thanks must go to them for giving up part of their weekend to aid us.

David  certainly worked us hard and helped us interpret and understand the music in a more detailed way, enabling us to create a great sound.

We certainly felt challenged and are very grateful to David for sharing his expertise.
Thankyou to everyone who made the weekend possible, to our visiting guests and mentors, and to those who provided refreshments – a great weekend !

All we need to do now is more practice and perform well on the day – November 18th.

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.