Thank to all who turned out on such a chilly night to entertain the parents and grandparents as the children of Blewbury received their presents from Santa.
Shoppers were given a Christmassy welcome in Sainsbury’s, Didcot today. The band took it in shifts to complete four hours of festive carols and songs. We took requests from passers-by and entertained the children with favourites including Jingle Bells and Rudolf.
Thanks to everyone who has contributed to our fund-raising over the Christmas period. Money raised will help to further develop the band and its activities. This includes supporting our Learner and Beginner Bands, buying instruments and music, and paying for rehearsal and concert venues.
Merry Christmas to all our band members and supporters!
St Michael’s Church, Blewbury was treated to festive delights from the main band and learner ensemble this evening.
Building on its success at local businesses Infinium and Ipsen, Blewbury continued our Christmas programme to huge acclaim. A packed congregation were charmed by the learner ensemble’s swinging ‘Jingle bells boogie’. The main band filled the church with Christmas cheer as the audience sang along to ‘The twelve days of Christmas’, expertly led by our musical director, Ian.
Our Christmas season is drawing to a close; come and see us tomorrow at Didcot Sainsburys, or at the Playclose in Blewbury village on Christmas Eve.
Shoppers in Wallingford were entertained by BBB’s favourite Christmas tunes outside Waitrose today. We were joined by returning university students, Andrew and Kathryn, on cornet. Passers-by were delighted to have their requests played and local children danced to Rudolf and Jingle Bells.
BBb bass player Norman Webb began his 80th birthday celebrations yesterday when the band presented him with a card and present.
Norman began playing 69 years ago, at the age of 11, and has been playing with local bands ever since. His enthusiasm, good humour and determination is an inspiration to all and we hope that he continues playing for many more years.
A great rehearsal from Blewbury Youth Brass in preparation for our tour to Boppard in Germany next summer.
Thanks to all the players for their hard work and enthusiasm. We tackled some challenging pieces, including Hootenanny and Eine Kleine Oompah Musik, and made good progress on the solo items. Well done to Conor and Rory who played their solos with the band for the first time.
Thank you to Lauren, Megan, Grace and Rose who even found time within the busy schedule to play carols for the ‘Santa Fun Run’ that was also taking place at the school.
A big thank you to Ian, Lauren and Jon for their support with the rehearsal.
Looking forward to seeing you all again in January.
A group from the main band played a selection of carols at the Officers’ Mess at RAF Benson as pre-dinner entertainment. Diners gathered outside a beautifully decorated Mess and listened to the band playing Christmas favourites including ‘O Come All Ye Faithful’, ‘Once in Royal’ and ‘Away in a Manger’. The band enjoyed a spectacular fireworks display which formed part of the evening’s entertainment.
Well done to the players of our Beginner and Learner Bands who put on a hugely enjoyable concert last night to round off a busy term of music making. The Beginner Band opened the concert with a fanfare and the rousing ‘Battle Pavan’ which was enhanced by some lively percussion playing from Thomas and Adam. They then played a selection of Christmas carols. The Learner Band entertained us with some Christmas songs before the bands combined to play ‘Jingle Bells Boogie’ and ‘We Wish You a Merry Christmas’.
Thank you to Annabelle who performed ‘Rudolf the Red-nosed Reindeer’ as her first ever solo. Rory and Jasper Tidmarsh also performed solos; Rory a compilation of his own making and Jasper a lively version of ‘Frosty the Snowman’.
We now have about 30 young players attending the bands regularly including five recruits from last year’s ‘Brass in Class’ lessons at Blewbury Primary School. In the new year we hope to encourage some of this year’s group to attend. All our young players are going from strength to strength. Ben (trombone grade 3), Katie (horn grade 2) and Annabelle (cornet grade 1) all took ABRSM exams this week and three players, David (horn), Adam and Michael (percussion), will also be playing with the main band in the new year.
If you are learning a brass instrument and would like to get involved in Blewbury Brass Band please contact Judith Atkins firstname.lastname@example.org