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Forthcoming Events

Vacancies: We welcome all new players. At present we have vacancies especially for:

2nd/3rd cornet players

soprano cornet player

bass trombonist

percussionist (drum kit available)


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June 2022 Events

The Band Returns... and a Birthday!



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Following a number of al fresco rehearsals in the school playground outside the practice room over the summer, the Band were delighted to perform at John Coles Park in Chippenham in August. A good crowd gathered to listen to a varied range of musical pieces. It has been 20 months since the Band's last performance so players and spectators were all very pleased to be back.

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In September the venue was Kingsgate Park in Yate, for the first time in many years. Fortunately the weather held and the park was busy. Sadly, Clive Rickards the bass trombonist, had recently passed away and Eventide was played as a mark of remembrance. Clive was a real character who will be greatly missed. It was pleasing to return to the park to play in such pleasant surroundings.


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The following week, Dodington Parish Council hosted a band performance at Lilliput Park in Chipping Sodbury to celebrate the band's 25th birthday. A good number of local residents brought their camping chairs to listen, and the 1st Raysfield Scout Group provided refreshments. The playlist included traditional marches, modern pop, musicals, big-band and jazz music so there was something for everyone! Thank you DPC!




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2019: 2 new ventures!



Indoor Music Games:

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Take a collection of several brass bands, two big bands and some small ensembles, all entertaining in a large sports hall at Filton College, Bristol, and you have the Indoor Music Games!

This was a new format for the band, who enjoyed performing a selection of our favourite pieces.

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We were then treated to a fascinating show of choreographed marching and movement from Cadence Performing Arts, admirably using the whole floor area. We felt remaining seated was safer for our band!

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South Glos Show:

Our inaugural attendance at this event on the first Saturday in August was welcomed by warmth and sunshine. The Show is very busy with lots of stalls and events. A buggy was needed to transport our kit to the dainty temporary bandstand provided by the organisers. The players did somewhat overspill the bandstand but nevertheless enjoyed playing 4 sets of a very varied programme including pop, swing, musicals, and film music as well as traditional marches!

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Comments (0) Added by Jenny November 15, 2019 (8:18PM)

Remembering..

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Cliff Phelps

During early 2017, the band lost a great friend and supporter, Cliff Phelps. Cliff was for many years a Dodington Parish Councillor and was instrumental in the formation of the Band and subsequently represented the band's interests on the the council. We remember Cliff fondly, especially every Christmas, when he arranged for the band to play at the Frome Valley Lodge carol service at the Masonic Hall in Chipping Sodbury. He was a great character and is very much missed.

On 20th March 2018, the Band were proud to present a concert in memory of Cliff. It was held at Dodington Parish Hall and very well attended by local people and his council colleagues. The music included  "What a Wonderful World", one of Cliff's favourite pieces.

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Time to Say Thank You Concert

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In November 2014 the band had performed a very successful concert in Chipping Sodbury Town Hall to mark the beginning of the First World War. This year, the band wished to commemorate the ending of the hostilities, so on 20th October 2018 their "Time to Say Thank You" Concert was held, this time at St Nicholas Church in Abbotswood, Yate. "St Nick's" proved to be an excellent venue for both band and audience enjoyment. The Concert was held in conjunction with Yate and Sodbury Royal British Legion to whom all profits were donated. The theme was to give thanks for peace, remember those lost and consider those who endured this difficult time thus putting Britain on the path to where it is today. The music reflected this, including pieces from both World Wars and onwards through the years to modern favourites.

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An atmospheric rendition of Schindler's list.
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Comments (0) Added by Jenny January 10, 2019 (11:33AM)

Oh, We Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside!

Last winter the band decided it would be great to have a day out at the seaside during the summer. This would be a considerably longer excursion than usual and required considerable investigation. But a plan was formed; the Band would go to Exmouth on a coach, and play in the bandstand in Manor Gardens in the afternoon. Now all we needed was sunshine on the day!

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The Band secretary had a contact in Exmouth and proceeded to promote our event, 'Music in the Park'. Brass bands local to Exmouth were also contacted, who kindly helped us to promote our event through Facebook and Twitter.



Sunday 25th June arrived - our day out to the seaside. It was a bit gloomy weather-wise, but soon we were all loading our instruments and uniforms onto the bus, and we were off, like excited school kids on day trip!
We made our way down the M5 with drizzly rain, but luckily as we got closer to Exmouth, the rain stopped and the sun started to peek through the clouds. The coach dropped us next to the park where we would be playing in the afternoon, and we wandered off to check out the Bandstand.
It's not a traditional round bandstand, more like a large stage with a roof, and half enclosed at the back with glass panels, set within a beautiful park. We'd found a great venue! It is in fact named 'The Garth Gibson Stage', which, after a little research appears to be named after one of Exmouth's much-missed town criers who died in 2009. He also sang with the Exmouth Shanty Men.

Eager to play on the stage later, the band members dispersed to explore and enjoy what Exmouth has to offer. Some players headed to the beach to paddle in the sea or make sandcastles, others wandered off to find fish and chips, ice-cream or a cheeky pint!

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All too soon it was time to return to the coach, unload all our kit, get changed into our uniforms, and set up on stage for our performance. We had a full band, and a great programme lined up. With the weather on our side, we had a good sized audience settling into their deck chairs and stopping by as they walked through the park to listen to a few pieces.

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The band played well, the audience seemed to be enjoying themselves, and during the interval we found that a couple of people had left us very nice comments on our social media pages. All was going well.

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Back on the bandstand, after the interval, we discovered we had a bit of competition. We could hear a very loud rock band playing, which we assumed were playing in a nearby pub. Not to worry, we could play louder and better than them! And drown them out we did!

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As ever, the rest of the performance flew by, and before long it was time to pack up, and head back home.
What a great day! We had a blast! (Well, we had to drown out that rock band!)
The Band would like to thank the people of Exmouth who helped us to promote our event and to all the people who came to listen to us and gave us such positive comments. Thank you!
If you missed seeing us in Exmouth, we have a few pieces recorded on the day on our YouTube channel (the link to our YouTube channel is at the bottom right of this page). Enjoy!

Comments (0) Added by Jenny August 9, 2017 (3:22PM)

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