Director : Mel
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Holbeach Victoria Training Band
Seasons 2000 - 2001 - 2002 - 2003- 2004 - 2005 - 2006 - 2007 - 2008 - 2009 - 2010 - 2011 - 2012 - 2013 - 2014
- Holbeach Primary School
We were invited, for the first time, to play at Holbeach Primary School fete. It was a lovely day and we had a reasonable turnout (for a Saturday). The fete was due to run from 12.00 to 3.00pm. We played for half an hour from 12.00 and were due to play again at the end. The start was OK but there were not many people around. We reassembled at 2.30 to find the arena events running late - they did not finish until after 3.00, then the raffle draw took place and went on and on. At 3.20 they stopped the raffle so we could play one final piece. As we packed away, the raffle continued.
Bourne Royal British Legion organised a day of events to commemorate Armed Forces Day. We were booked to play for a march past of members of the British Legion and contingents from the Armed Forces etc. This would be followed by the Evening Hymn (3 verses), Sunset, Last Post and Reveille and National Anthem
Unfortunately the organiser of the event was taken ill earlier in the day. Things did not go as smoothly as was anticipated! When we set up they asked us to play incidental music for 20-30 minutes but we only had music for the march past. We had quite a long (quiet) delay before the march started. After a short service we were just about to play the Evening Hymn when they changed the order and we played Last Post and Reveille - they had asked for a full 2 minutes silence, but then asked for Reveille in less than a minute. They then reduced the number of verses in the hymn to two. Finally we got the nod to play the National Anthem but had to stop the drum roll while the vicar said closing prayers. But otherwise it went smooth as clockwork!!
A small group played at the Spalding Grammar School annual fete. It was a lovely hot day and, fortunately the organisers found a spot for us in the shade of the trees. We were at the far end of the school field where we were not interrupted by the arena events. We played marches and incidental music.
We had a very pleasant afternoon at the garden party arranged
by the local church. The garden party was in the private garden at Fleet
House, Fleet Road, Fleet Hargate to raise funds for Fleet Baptist Church..
We were provided with a marquee to play in - it was just big enough and
protected us from the sun and wind. There were a number of stalls but
we were the only 'entertainment' and we were received very well. The church
secretary said "It was one of the best fetes we have ever had."
We opened the bandroom to visitors for Holbeach day of music. Admittedly, we did not expect too many visitors as the music day was based around a talent contest in the centre of town - not too far away, but far enough!
We created a display of photographs, leaflets and programmes and had a display of instruments. Many members of the band came along to play throughout the day and it was pleasing to have a number of players from the learner group join us. A copy of this website was also on display on a laptop.
Visitors were given information about the Learn to Play week and were encouraged to try out the instruments.
Our 8th annual Learn to Play Week has been less successful than in recent times. We have only had three new learners, and only one of them is continuing. However, the week has been very successful in other ways. We invited our current learner group to join us during the week and have had very useful training sessions every day. Thanks to the band members who have helped during the week and to the learner group for their hard work.
We were pleased to be invited to play at the annual Hovenden House Gala. We played at the start and againat the end of the gala. We set up before the public arrived and played from 12.15pm to 1.00pm as the guests arrived. We then had a long wait until the end of the afternoon and played again at 4.45pm for 30 minutes. We had a good turnout although two of the band were unable to return for the second performance.
We had a very successful evening at Holbeach Primary School with the Main Band and the Learner Group entertaining an audience of pupils, parents and teachers.
The Learner Group made their first public appearance and started the evening by showing their progress. Most of them have now been playing just over a year and have made good progress. They played simple tunes in unison, then moved on to 4-part arrangements and finally moved on to more complicated arrangements.
After half an hour, the Main Band arrived; while they were setting up the learner group let the members of the audience try out the instruments.
The main band opened with the Gordon Langford arrangement of Men of Harlech. On four occasions during the concert the band invited children from the audience to assist the percussion section on a range of instruments such as maracas, tambourine, claves, cow bell, wood block etc. They kept in time very well and followed the Muisical Director. They accompanied the Theme from Rocky, Everybody Needs Somebody, the Hornpipe from Fantasia on British Sea Songs and Is This The Way To Amarillo.
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