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September 2017 Events

20th Anniversary Concert

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The Band would like to thank everyone who came along to our 20th anniversary concert at Chipping Sodbury Town Hall on October 22nd 2016. We hope you all enjoyed the evening as much as we did!

It felt like the Band had been building up to the concert all year, and whenever time permitted preparations were being made. However, with all our other engagements over the summer and our fabulous training day with Philip Harper, the time just flew by and suddenly we had a week to go!

The Band committee and others got super busy with all the final arrangements.

The evening was quickly upon us, and the band arrived early to decorate the hall, blow up balloons, sort out the raffle and set up the stage. It came almost as a relief to finally sit down and do what we do best - play some music!

As ever the band's repertoire was varied in style and era; Marches, Jazz, Pop, Big Band and traditional Brass Band pieces. The Band also tried to pick a few pieces that have been played over the years since it was first started 20 years ago. Thanks have to go to our Musical Director, Peter Cornford, for choosing such a varied and entertaining programme of music.

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Many items focused on solos from several band members, who played fantastically, so a huge congratulations to them all for outstanding solo performances.tromb-trio





The Band decided to donate all money from the concert to Wallace and Gromit's Grand Appeal. The Grand Appeal is a well-known charity here in the South West, that has helped to transform the lives of sick babies and children at Bristol Children's Hospital and the Special Care Baby Unit, providing life-saving equipment, patient activities, new services and family accommodation.


It felt appropriate that all funds raised would specifically go to the Music Therapy Service. The Grand Appeal funds three music therapists at Bristol Children's Hospital, who visit patients on every ward with a trolley full of instruments. Bedside activities range from song writing and sound effects to rhythmic drumming and ukulele lessons, and the team also runs sessions for groups and families. Children experience lots of difficult feelings while they are in hospital, particularly during a long stay. Music therapy is a fun and creative way to help children express themselves, as well as providing a distraction from the stresses of treatment, and is proven to aid recovery.

The band has a few people to thank firstly, the family and friends of the band members who helped out on the night, helped to blow up balloons, decorate the hall, take tickets on the door and run the raffle - we couldn't have done it without you! Thank you.

But our biggest thanks go to all of you who support us, and came to our concert, and gave generously. You raised a massive 512 pounds and 3 pence (every penny counts!) for The Grand Appeal Music Therapy Services. Thank you so much for your support, you are as ever amazing and generous. Thank you.

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Added by Jenny December 2, 2016 (9:31AM)

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