Blewbury Brass Band made its first summer outing at Brightwalton Fete today. We played some of our old favourites as well as some modern classics and solo. Well done to our young percussionist Michael who played his first fete job with the band.
Thank you to Mike Ananin and the organisers for looking after us so well and to the miniature train enthusiastics, Rory, Ross and Alex who kindly allowed us to us their train in our shots.
Blewbury Brass Band will play at the Brightwalton Fete on Sunday 30th April
from 1300 – 1500.
A classic village fete, there is a huge variety of stall and activities, including an impressive and well-supported dog show.
To be precise, you’ll find the following at the Brightwalton Fete: Barbecue, Beard Shaving, Bottle Stall, Bouncy Castle, Cake Stall, China Smashing, Church Bells, Classic Cars, Dog Show, Domestic Heroes, Face Painting, Fire Engine, Football Tournament, Hog Roast and Burgers, Maypole Dancing, Morris Men, Penalty Shoot Out, Plants, Raffle sales and prizes, Shetland Ponies, Skittles, Teas, Tractors and Welly Wanging … not forgetting the Blewbury Brass Band!!
Blewbury Brass Band’s younger members had a successful and enjoyable day at the ODBBA Brass Festival. The band was represented in seven different sections including solos, duets, quartets and the ensemble. A big thank you to David, George, William, Alice, Rose, Grace and Rachel for taking part in the event.
Alice received the award for being the best girl in the under 15 category; our under 19 quartet won second place playing ‘Drunken Sailor’; Grace and Rachel were placed third for their duet ‘When I’m 64’; and Alice finished third in the slow melody with her own arrangement of ‘On my own’. We also received four fourth places: David in the under 11 slow melody, Grace in the 12-14 slow melody and junior championship, and our under 14 hymn quartet.
Well done to our Blewbury Youth Brass Players: Katie who won first place in the senior duet; Izzy and Ciaran who were second in the under 19 duet; and Megan who came second in the 15-18 slow melody.
Thank you to the ODBBA for organising such a successful festival. It was a great experience for our young players to meet up with players from other local bands and hear some high-quality playing.
We look forward to taking more players (including our adults) next year!
Sunday 23rd April 2017
ODBBA Festival, Marlborough School, Woodstock
Members of Blewbury Brass Band will be representing the band at the Oxfordshire and District Brass Band Association Festival. The festival has classes for all ages including solos, duets, quartets and ensembles. It is hoped that Blewbury band will turn out in force and we will come home with a few prizes. Please come and support us at this event.
It has been a busy few days for all of our players and supporters as Blewbury Youth Brass met for their Easter Rehearsals. The children worked very hard on both Saturday and Sunday, making lots of improvements along the way. We held our first concert for family and friends and were joined by glorious spring sunshine. The concert was Jamie’s first performance as our principal cornet, and also featured solos from Thea, Megan and our trombone section.
This weekend marked the finish of our ‘Boppathon’ challenge and congratulations goes to all who took part. Prizes were awarded to all, and special recognition was given to Samson, Isobel and Rachel for their extra efforts. Over £1000 has been raised from this, which will be used to support our cultural excursions.
Thank you to all our young players for their cheerfulness, hard work and enthusiasm. A special thanks to our adult supporters and to the Speed Family for making the long trip down and being a huge help in rehearsals. Thank you to Mike Heard for taking some beautiful photos of our band.
We hope you have a lovely Easter, and look forward to seeing you at our next rehearsal!