West Bergholt Concert & Training Band ended their spring events with a flourish and a band first…for the first time in our 40+ years the band went out on tour ! Members of Training Band played 3 concerts in a day at primary & junior schools from Great Maplestead to Wivenhoe, with over 400 pupils hearing the diverse types of music we play, learning about our instruments and seeing how much fun a band like ours is. Hopefully we’ll have inspired some of them to take up an instrument and join us in the future.
Training Band also visited Highfields Primary School in Lawford two days before the tour to hold our first Training Band school workshop for a while. A good number of beginning youngsters from the area joined us for a fun afternoon of music, playing everything from Raiders & Moana to Lady Gaga & The Final Countdown. Fingers crossed all of this will help encourage more youngsters our way to replace those that head off for University.
Prior to the tour and workshop we played our first full concert of the year at Clacton’s West Cliff theatre. As always at the West Cliff we had a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon of great music and we also raised over £900 for Parkinson’s UK, a charity to which the band has a personal connection. The finale of the concert was a rousing selection of WWII songs during which the audience of course joined in, and as our first summer concert is very close to this year’s commemorations of the 75th anniversary of D-Day, we’ll be playing that again along with some of our favourites (the Big Bands, Sousa, Luftwaffe March) plus some new pieces (The Greatest Showman, America, Intermezzo Sinfonico). All of those wonderful pieces can be heard for free in the beautiful setting of Flatford on Sunday 9th June at 2:30pm - we’re looking forward to a lovely afternoon of great music and lots of sunshine.
After playing at Flatford we’ll be returning to St Luke’s in Tiptree (a church in which the band sounds fabulous) for “A Night At The Movies” on July 13 th at 7:30pm. The concert will feature music from John Williams, The Lion King, Beauty And The Beast, Chitty Chitty Bang-Bang, West Side Story, The Wizard of Oz and more, and will also see another group of our younger members leaving for University, some of which will be playing the obligatory leaving solos.
Hopefully we’ll see you at one of our events this summer, or at one of our Friday rehearsals if you’d like to join in with us. Please check this website for details of the band and of our events, or you can contact our conductor on 07941 947541 or at Conductor@wbcb.org.