It was a dark November evening back in 1978 when 8 musicians gathered in Heathlands school for the first rehearsal of the newly formed West Bergholt Wind Band, under the baton of Sid Cooper. 2018 has therefore been a year of 40th anniversary celebrations for the band, with a particular highlight being our wonderful summer concert in St Botolph's featuring a massed band finale of over 70 musicians.
To celebrate our official 40th anniversary this November, we're returning to one of our favourite venues, the beautiful St Peter ad Vincula Church in Coggeshall, for a concert of the current band's favourite music…from Pirates Of The Caribbean, Les Miserables, Disney, Stevie Wonder, Benny Goodman and more…so come along on Saturday 17th November at 730pm (just in case this reaches you in time !).
We're then very much looking forward to returning to St Botolph's for our first ever Christmas Concert there, with a full programme of Christmas favourites…Sleigh Ride, Baby It's Cold Outside, A Christmas Festival, Oh Holy Night, Santa Baby…there's too many to mention ! We'd love you to join us to wrap up our 40th celebrations in style…on Saturday 15th December at 730pm.
Looking ahead to 2019…all of our events are booked, with returns to Flatford, Clacton's West Cliff Theatre, and St Botolphs among others, with concert themes including Movies & Musicals and The Great Composers. We'll also be celebrating another couple of band milestones - our longest serving band member will be celebrating 40 years in the band, and it'll also be 25 years since I took over full time conducting duties.
As always, details of all of our events are available here www.wbcb.org, and new players of any age are always welcome to come and see us on Friday evenings at Heathlands School, including at our next Open Rehearsal on 18th January. We hope to see you at our Christmas Concert, and we wish you a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year.