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soprano cornet player

bass trombonist

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2014-15 : a Busy Band!

Well, it seems some time has passed since we posted any 'News'. It's not that we haven't had anything to update, more that we haven't got around to keeping things up to date! So here we go, with more of a 'round-up' of the last year, rather than ground-breaking news!
As ever, we have been very busy both rehearsing every week and performing at both public and private events.

Probably our biggest event of 2014 was our November concert at Chipping Sodbury Town Hall, themed "Wartime Classics". It was inevitable that we would commemorate the Centenary of the First World War, particularly in 2014, which coincided with 75 years since the start of the Second World War. It gave us a great opportunity to extend our repertoire, just as all of our "themed" concerts do. The concert was held on 8th November, and all proceeds went to the Royal British Legion. We are really proud of how well attended and received our concert was, and particularly pleased that we were able to donate 596 pounds to the British Legion. It was definitely one of our best concerts to date.


Christmas 2014 was once again very busy, with something like 14 engagements over 18 days! We know how much the public enjoy hearing a Brass Band at Christmas and that keeps us motivated, even when we're cold and rained upon! So many of you kindly come up and give us positive comments and ask for requests (which we love!), and also donate funds to keep the band going from strength to strength. Thank you!

This year we have collaborated with some other musical groups. In April, we joined the U3A Ukelele Band and Pupils from Colston's School at Chipping Sodbury Town Hall, where together we raised over 1000 pounds for Cancer Research UK. And just last week we joined with The Cleeve Singers of Downend, for a concert in Yate.

We have also been hunting down new venues to hold concerts. Traditionally most of our concerts have taken place in Dodington Parish Hall, where we rehearse weekly. But it is becoming too small, for our ever increasing audience! So it's been great to go to new venues, and share our music with new audiences. In Spring 2014, we put on a "Showtime" concert at St John's Church, Slimbridge, (raising 143 pounds for the Church Fund) and this spring was a "Time and Space" concert at Winterbourne Community Centre.


The greatest thing is just how much the local people get behind these events. Not only buying tickets and coming to listen to our music, but also helping us out with organising the events, promoting the events, selling tickets on our behalf and recommending our concerts to their friends and family. We love playing, and the fact that so many people help us to do that is simply fantastic. Thank you again!


And now the summer season is upon us, you can see us at various bandstands and parks over the summer. The links to our forthcoming events can be found on the right-hand side of the website. We'd love to see you at any or all of those events. Let's just hope for sunshine, because we love nothing better than playing to a big audience and making you smile and tap your feet! And all those bandstand events are FREE for you to attend.

As ever, we wouldn't be able to perform without the ongoing support from the public, Dodington Parish Council and South Gloucestershire Council. But we are also incredibly proud that because of your support we are also able to help support other very worthwhile charities. 

Added by Jenny May 28, 2015 (9:05PM)

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