June 2017- Quintet at the Britannia Ball

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On Friday 30 June Tendring Brass Band Quintet visited the Waterfront in Harwich to help to support the Britannia Ball. The Britannia Ball was an absolutely excellent fundraiser for the RNLI, that was enjoyed by everybody, and a lot of money was raised. The band began by playing outside, welcoming all of the guests, and the rest of the evening was spent playing sets off a range of music to entertain the guests, while the meal was being enjoyed.

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As the evening was themed around “Britannia” we included some well known British music such as  “Fantastia on British Sea Songs” and “Pomp and circumstance”  but we also interested the audience with some of our Spanish Music, one piece known as “Campeonas Cariocas”. The quintet really enjoyed the experience and it was fantastic to play with an audience of such variety. We hope to aid many more functions such as this in the future! 🎶

July 2017 -Tendring Brass Band and Academy at Tendring Show

Tendring Brass Academy are pleased to be at the Tendring Hundred Show on Saturday 8th July 2017.
Come along to the Co-operative Society marquee and meet some of the Academy and ‘Have a Try’ of one of the Brass Band Instrument that will be available. Come and see our display boards- giving details of  Tendring Brass – incorporating its Main Band and Academy.
Children will have the opportunity to enter the Wordsearch Quiz, with a chance to win a great prize

June 2017 – McGrigor Hall Concert – Frinton

On Sunday 25th June , the McGrigor Hall Fourth Avenue , was the venue of the Main Bands band premiere performance in Frinton on Sea and the only thing it could be described as is a resounding success!

The audience were treated to a variety of music from The Shows, The charts, The Movies and more traditional Brass Band repertoire, including, Breezing Down Broadway, Singing in the Rain, David Bowie’s Life on Mars, and a beautiful arrangement of The Seal Lullaby.  Our young quartet, who received high praise when they finished runners up in the East Anglian Brass Band Association’s Solo and Quartet Competition, entertained everyone with their performance of “A Southern Gospel Suite”.  Just when we thought the people of Frinton had had enough they called for a double encore, first a rousing sing-a-long to Tom Jones in Concert, followed by a selection of Abba classics from the show Mamma Mia.

Needless to say the band thoroughly enjoyed themselves and can’t wait to be invited back.  The band must also say a huge thank you to Tendring District Council for the donation of a wonderful raffle prize, a pair of tickets to ride the Tornado steam train from Walton to Colchester! We thank you for your on-going support.
The concert was a resounding success and has provided much needed funds for future band projects in the community and beyond.


The Band of The Parachute Regiment based at Merville Barracks Colchester opened their band room to welcome Tendring Brass Academy students and staff for a morning of music training on Saturday 13th May 2017.


We all benefited from sitting alongside the musicians and being guided by their excellent MD. A lot was learnt such as respect, posture, being attentive, sight reading, dynamic contrasts and other musical qualities.


A very positive experience for all, to be repeated in the future.


Following the training we headed to Colchester Castle Park for a picnic and games rounders and cricket.

Then came Jump Street. Many of us with older bones and bodies opted out of this but those that took part had a great time and came off very red in the face.

A brilliant day of Music Fun and Friendship.

EABB Association Annual Solo and Quartet Contest

Our participants travelled to Norwich on Sunday 7th May to take part in the East Anglian Brass Band Association Annual Solo and Quartet Contest.

In the Under 18’s we were represented by, from left to right, Ed on Eb Bass, Ellie on Cornet, Saffina on Trombone and Lillybet on Tenor Horn

We are delighted to announce that Ellie came 3rd and Edward won the winners cup.

Congratulations to everyone who played in this group and especially to these two for gaining a prize.

The next class was the Air Varie Open class for adults and under 18’s. Both Ellie on Cornet and Bob on Bb Bass took part and did themselves very proud with solid performances of some very tricky music.


In the Quartet class we were represented by our Under 17’s, who were competing against four other adult quartets.
On cornet was Ellie aged 15 on Cornet, Saffina aged 12 on Trombone, Edward aged 14 on Eb Bass and William aged 11 on Cornet.
Wow what a performance they gave us. They were deservedly awarded 2nd place – a remarkable achievement.

Some Supporters and participants stayed on to hear the amazing sounds and talent of one of the World’s leading Brass Bands, Brighouse and Rastrick at The Halls in Norwich.
A great way to end an day full of brilliant music making.


‘Light into Europe’


 On Friday 21st April a quintet from the band travelled by BlueAir from London Luton to Bucharest, Romania, arriving at midnight local time. The flights and accommodation at the Caro Park Hotel were sponsored by the UK charity “Light into Europe” which had requested the band to provide live entertainment at a St George’s Day charity fundraiser for Romanian Guide Dogs for the Blind, which is an initiative being championed in Romania by this charity. By the time we made our way to our hotel and found our rooms it was nearer to 1am. After a hearty breakfast at the hotel on Saturday morning we just had time to drive the short distance into the city centre and spend a couple of hours marvelling at the size of the People’s Palace constructed during the Ceausescu era – it’s reputed to be the second largest building in the world after the Pentagon. Finding the hotel again after a pizza lunch proved slightly trickier and at one point we went head to head with a tram but all ended well. The event was being held in a large ballroom at the Caro Park Hotel and much of the afternoon was spent setting up the stage area and having a practice session while the hotel staff added the final touches to the tables. The band first played outside while the guests arrived to their welcome drinks and then moved onto the stage in the ballroom, playing several sets before and after the main meal. As the band’s advocate (non playing) I was highly impressed with the range and quality of music played to a very appreciative audience. The evening culminated with a rousing performance of Pomp and Circumstance and much applause and a job well done. On Sunday morning the band had been asked to play a couple of hymns at the International Church of Bucharest which the charity founder attends and it was a pleasure to hear the band play again. We were then treated to a nice lunch before our flight home in the afternoon. All in all the whole trip went very well and I feel privileged to have been able to share a wonderful experience with this group representing Tendring Brass Band. A big thanks to Ann, Ellie, Trevor, Bob and Antony for agreeing to travel all the way to Romania and give up their time for this worthy cause.

Best wishes to brave contestants

On Sunday May 7th students and staff from the Academy will be contesting in the East Anglian Brass Band Association Quartet and Solo Contest at Blackfriars Hall Norwich.
We are proud to have several entries –
An under 17’s quartet comprising Ellie and William on Cornet, Saffina on Trombone and Edward on Eb Bass and they will be playing ‘A Southern Gospel Suite’ by Alan Fernie.
Slow melody Solo classes include:-
Under 13’s  –  Lilybet on Eb Horn playing ‘O Star of Eve’ and
                       Saffina on Trombone playing ‘The Iceberg’
Age 14-17  –  Ellie on Cornet playing ‘Second movement of Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto’ and
                      Ed on Eb Bass playing ‘Andante’  from Andante and Roneo Concerto for                                 Double Bass by Antonio Capuzzi
Open Air Varie class – Ellie on Cornet playing ‘Napoli’ and
                                    Bob on Bb Bass playing ‘La Belle American’
If you wish to come along and support them I am sure they will appreciate it. Following the contest which starts at 10.30am, we will be staying on to listen to one of the best Brass Bands in the country Brighouse and Rastrick who are holding a concert commencing at 6.30pm, see poster below.
Tickets are still available at £15 or £17 if you wish to go.
Alternatively Tendring Brass Academy have ‘1 FREE TICKET’ to the concert to the first person who contacts us via facebook or the website.