April 14th- Holland on Sea Concert Report

Holland-on-Sea was the next stop for the ‘Tendring Brass on Tour in Tendring’ series of concerts, aimed at bringing great music into the local communities of the Tendring District.

The Band always enjoy playing to a packed venue, and Holland was no exception, with the Public Hall at almost capacity for the afternoon concert.

The concert was entitled ‘Spring Back the Decades’ and included a real mix of favourite foot tapping pieces.  After their rousing opening numbers of ‘Prismatic Light’ and ‘The Contestor’ the Band’s Musical Director Antony Sanders gave an update of what the Band had been working at since the last Tendring on Tour concert in Manningtree.

The competition successes in Leicester, Crawley and  the Regionals in Stevenage were mentioned, culminating in the unveiling of a table with the Bands recently won trophies, much to the delight of the audience.

The afternoon continued in entertaining fashion, including a flugel horn solo ‘Emerald Skies’ by Becky Smith, with the first half concluding with ‘The Penguin Dance’  with audience participation , who were working up an appetite ready for the delicious cakes and hot drinks served by the Band Support team during the interval.

The second half opened with ‘La Bamba’ and ‘Baggy Trousers’ – something a little different. Dancing in the aisle was contemplated -but quickly forgotten considering the amount of cake eaten during the break.

Chloe Jay then played a cornet solo ‘Hetty Wainthropp Investigates’ followed by the hit ‘It’s not unusual’ – with trombone trio of Saffina Frazer-Brown, Alison Howell and Paul Burnage, delighting the audience – well played everyone.

The afternoon was brought to a close with numbers made famous by The Beatles, Ella Fitzgerald, Cole Poerter and finally Elvis.

A great afternoon of music enjoyed by a very appreciative audience.TOT Holland POSTER Master

Please help us get to Cheltenham Finals

Centaur_Website_Banner1Tendring Brass have qualified for the Finals in the Second Section of the Brass Band Championships of Great Britain.

To be honest, this success was totally unexpected (but perhaps not surprising, considering the Bands preparation for the Regional Contest) as the 2019 contest was the first time Tendring have played in the Second Section – having been promoted this year !

Members of the Band are now putting together ideas for fundraising to help with the cost of getting the Band to the Finals in Cheltenham in September.

Success, in this case is expensive (!) so we would warmly welcome any offers of support to help us achieve our aim.

If you feel you could help in any way, either from individuals or companies,please make contact with us, our details are on the website contact page.


Band Diary (as at 12.5.19)

Tendring Brass currently have the following events where they will be performing:

Sunday 14th April 2019 –  3pm Holland-on-Sea Public Hall  as part of the Band’s concert series ‘Tendring Brass on Tour in Tendring’  a concert entitled ‘Spring back the Decades’. Tickets are currently on sale. **Due to high levels of interest in this concert, early ticket purchases are advised, as tickets may not be available on the door.**

Saturday 18th MayWalton Parish Church  Civic Service

Saturday 1st June – Music weekend with Dutch & Austrian Bands – events to be published soon

Sunday 2nd June– Music weekend with Dutch & Austrian Bands – events to be published soon, but main event will be combined concert at the Columbine Centre, Walton at 3pm

Saturday 27th July – Frinton Mission 2019Frinton Greensward at 7.30pm.           Tickets from Frinton Mission (www.frintonmission.net)

Sunday 15th SeptemberSecond Section National Finals Brass Band Championships of Great Britain. Cheltenham Racecourse.

Visit of Dutch and Austrian Bands – June 2019

Final plans are coming together for a weekend of music, hosted by Tendring Brass on the weekend of Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd June.

Members of  ‘Muziekvereniging Rotterdam aan Zee’ will be visiting the district, together with Austrian group ‘Die Lungauer’.

Full details will be released soon, the highlight of the weekend being a combined concert of Tendring Brass together with their Dutch and Austrian friends.This event is entitled ‘Bands across the Sea’ and will be held at the Columbine Centre Walton-on-Naze at 3pm on Sunday 2nd June, so remember to keep this date free.

L&SC Second Section Contest Success March 2019

  Press release ::: 

On Sunday 17th March, members of Tendring Brass Band travelled to Stevenage to compete in the second section of the National Brass Band Championships – London and Southern Counties area competition.

In 2018 the Band were successful in the Third section of the same competition, and the result there, promoted the band up into the Second Section, so this year it was the first time Tendring Brass had competed at the higher level.

Playing against 17 other bands from across a wide area, playing a Darrol  Barry piece entitled ‘Rise of the Phoenix’, the Band won the second place trophy. Not only was this a fantastic achievement for the band, but sections within the band were also recognised by winning the best Bass Section and best Trombone Section out of all participating bands.

These awards were particularly well received by the proud parents of the Bass section leader, Ed Frazer-Brown (16 yrs) and Trombone section leader, his sister Saffina Frazer- Brown (13 yrs)

The Band also qualified for the National Finals of the competition to be held in Cheltenham in September.

The success for the band at the weekend follows on from the Bands achievements other recent competitions. In November the  Band competed in the Third Section of the  Leicestershire Brass Band Association Open Band Contest, and won first place, as well as member Guy Lever winning the Best Euphonium Player.

In February the Band competed  in the second section of the Southern Counties Amateur Bands Association  Spring Contest  in Crawley. In this competition they achieved First Place overall, and the Best March Trophy. Again  the trombone section were recognised by winning the Best Trombone Section trophy, and the Band Musical Director Antony Sanders, winning the Best Conductor shield.


Tendring Brass at Pride of Tendring Award Evening March 2019

Pride of Tendring 2019 3Tendring Brass  were invited, by the Chairman of Tendring District Council to again play at this years Pride of Tendring Award Ceremony at the Prince’s Theatre, Town Hall, Clacton-on-sea on Friday 22nd March.

This event, hosted by Tendring District Council is an annual event during which individuals or groups who have made a positive impact in the life of the District are presented with awards.Quite often these are people whose work is not recognised, and this event is to ensure that they are.

Under the baton of a guest conductor David Hammond, the Band played a selection of pieces to entertain the audience at the event, and as each of the award recipients entered the stage, the Band played the ‘Tendring Fanfare’.

The ‘Tendring Fanfare’  is a specially composed piece for the Band, by associate band member, Craig Sanders, who is a member of HM Royal Marines Band Service.


Crawley Contest Success February 2019

Sunday 24th February  proved to be a very successful day for Tendring Brass when the Main Band attended The Hawth in Crawley for the Southern Counties Amateur Bands Association (SCABA) competition.

This  was Tendring Brass’ first entry into the competition, and its first entry into a Second Section Band Competition, but the Band’s hard work paid off when the results were announced.

Best Conductor – Antony Sanders – Tendring Brass

Best March – Tendring Brass.

Best Trombone Section – Tendring Brass

First place overall – Tendring Brass !

A fantastic result for Tendring Brass – well done to everyone involved