Autumn 2005

3 September - Merchant Navy Day
4 September - Ayscoughfee Gardens
8 October - Fleet Church
15 October - Brass and Bells concert
13 November - Remembrance
26 November - Weston Village Hall

3 September - Merchant Navy Day

We were invited to play at Boston for the Merchant Navy Association's VE/VJ 60th anniversary service.  One of our members, who recently left the band due to ill health is a member of the assocaition.  We played for half an hour before the service and foor the hymns;  our principal cornet also played Last Post and Reveille.  We were short of members due to work commitments, but it was one of the band's worst performances for a long while!  The hymns were nicely played, and Last Post and Reveille were good, but the half hour before the Service was very poor .. back to the rehearsal room!!  

We have since had a letter of thanks, congratulations on the playing, and a request to return next year.


4 September - Ayscoughfee Gardens We joined the Royal British Legion Band Spalding in their annual concert in Ayscoughfee Gardens, Spalding as part of the Garden's season of concerts.  Eight of our players took part with a number of players from other bands in what was a very enjoyable concert.
An enjoyable concert at Fleet Church, near Holbeach.  It was a dark and wet night but we had a reasonable audience.  Conditions in the church we quite cramped but we were made very welcome.  During the first half, the band were quite nervous at times, but that improved for the second half.  We altered our season's programme (see below) by including a wartime medley of songs - 1914 March, Keep Smiling Through, and Pomp and Circumstance March No 1 (new Bernaerts arrangement).  The audience were invited to sing along. 8 October - Fleet Church

15 October 2005 - Brass and Bells concert

This was an excellent concert by the band at Holbeach Methodist Church.  We were joined by the Methodist Church Chimers (hand-bell ringers) who performed in each half.  The band's playing was a great improvement on the Fleet concert and was one of the band's best performances in recent times.  It was basically the same as the Fleet concert, with a couple of pieces taken out to make room for the Chimers.

The Chimers performed very well, and enlisted the help of our MD on a couple of pieces.

The wartime selection was well-received and programmes were waved flag-style in Pomp & Circumstance.  The final item was the Steve Cortland arrangement of Jupiter's Theme with the Chimers playing the glockenspiel part.  As an encore we played Is This The Way To Amarillo which was very well received.

13 November 2005 - Remembrance

Remembrance Service at Holbeach St Marks.   A reasonable performance by the band.  We play Last Post at the War Memorial near the church then play in the church for the service.  The service did not follow the programme, but it cam out OK in the end!
26 November 2005 - Weston Village Hall We were invited back to Weston village hall, having last visited on 8 December 2000.  The concert was to test the new accoustics system installed in the hall, which worked very well.  Unfortunately very few of the local inhabitants came to listen - a very disappointing concert, although played quite well bt the band.

Autumn Programme

Classical Gold Darrol Barry
Happy Bandleader Johnny Ocean
Conquest Of Paradise Vangelis
arr. Frank Bernaerts
Anna Magdalena's Song J S Bach
arr. Steve Cortland
Backdraft Hans Zimmer
arr. Dave Stowell
Dream of Love Franz Liszt
arr. Steve Cortland
Czardas Andre Weignein
James Bond Theme Monty Norman
arr. Jan van Kraeydonck
Tina Turner: Simply the Best arr. Jan van Kraeydonck
My Way Anka, Thibault, Francois & Revaux
arr. Frank Bernaerts
Keep Smiling Through arr. Darrol Barry
Pomp & Circumstance Sir Edward Elgar
March No 1 (extract) arr. Alan Robinson
Jupiter's Theme Gustav Holst
arr. Steve Cortland
1914 March Gordon Mackenzie
Is This The Way To Amarillo