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Holbeach Victoria Training Band
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A great start to the season. A very pleasant afternoon playing for the Open Day of the Holbeach Women's Institute. We opened with Jerusalem then played incidental music.
We played on the stage which is not over-large; and we had to remove lots of stacked chairs to make more room.
We were invited to return again to Long Sutton for their St George's Weekend organised by EELS (Entertainment and Events in Long Sutton). We played two sets on the back of a trailer; for the first set half the trailer was taken up by an Elvis tribute singer and we were very squashed in the other half. 'Elvis' left before our second set so we had much more room.
Our first set was due to start at 1.00pm - but just before that time there was a parade of vintage cars so we did not start until 1.15. The second set was due to start at 3.00pm - again their was a parade of vintage cars just before; then there was a display by an English Civil War re-enactment group; we eventually started playing again at 3.30.
It was cold and windy, and quite chilly waiting to play. The band played well in difficult conditions.
We were delighted to be invited to play at the 90th birthday party for Norman Smith, who is the grandfather of one of our younger members.The birthday celebration took place at a private house in Sutton St Edmonds. A marquee had been set up for us in the garden. As we arrived we were invited to have a drink from their bar (a good start); at the break we had a hog-roast (their home grown pig); and as we left there were ice-creams all round. A thoroughly enjoyable day.
We played 'Happy Birthday' as Mr Smith arrived, to his total surprise. We invited Mr Smith to conduct the band as we played 'March of the Cobblers'.
Our Musical Director was on holiday for this return visit to Fun in the Park at Flinders Park, Donington. Bass trombonist George Brown kindly took the baton for this event. We hope the organiserswon't mind us publishing their thank you letter:
"I'd just like to say a big thank you to The Holbeach Town Band and conductor George Brown from all of us in IDEA (Improving the Donington Environment for All) for the wonderful entertainment provided at our fun in Flinders Park event last Sunday afternoon. As ever, everyone was very well turned out and with all the gleaming instruments our bandstand looked a picture. Their 2 sets went down a treat with everyone in the park and so helped to make it another successful fundraiser for us".
A lovely evening playing music from the musicals. We had brass band arrangements for the muicals Mary Poppins, Oliver, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat ('The Essential Joseph'), Oklahoma!, Mama Mia ('Best of Abba'), Grease and The Sound of Music.
The band had prepared a booklet of the songs from each of the musicals for the audience to sing along to. The audience made a brave attempt at sining but some of the songs were quite tricky to fit the words to the music, such as "Grease Lightning: We'll get some overhead lifters and some four barrel quads, oh yeah" and "We Go Together: We go together like rama lama lama ka dinga da dinga dong" both from Grease
Another birthday. This was for the celebration of the 90th birthday of farmer R H G Hoff of Shouldham Thorpe, near Kings Lynn.It was a very high-class affair (we were very impressed by the luxury portable toilets). We had a small band of MD with 8 players; after a shaky start, we were well received.
We were booked to play for an hour at lunch-time and they asked us to play a selection of hymns and marches. During the second hymn they said it was too boring and what they wanted was music from the shows! Fortunately we had the music with us from the previous day.
A pleasant afternoon at John Eve Park where we played for a drumhead service organised Langtoft Royal British Legion in the early evening. This was a late addittion to our summer programme - we only had a couple of weeks' notice and we had some key players away. The organisers used recorded music to parade the standards on to the field, and they had their own bugler, so we just played one hymn and the National Anthem.
The drumhead service took place in the centre of the arena and the band were placed at the end with the wind blowing in the wrong direction!
This was a wonderful concert at the Gedney Church (known as the Cathedral of the Fens due to its size). We arranged the concert in conjunction with the Kirton Brass Band and invited Swineshead Silver Band to join us. The Combined Holbeach Victoria Training Band and Kirton Youth Brass band also took part.
The Church was full and the audience thoroughly enjoyed the concert.
The concert opened with three pieces by the combined Youth/Training Bands conducted by Mel Hopkin. This was followed by the three senior bands each plaiing two pieces. After the interval, the three senior bands combined forces to play seven more pieces.
Joint Training Bands Musical Director Mel Hopkin
Swineshead Silver Band Musical Director Baz Starbuck
Holbeach Town Band Musical Director Mel Hopkin
Kirton Brass Band Musical Director Nick Tudball
A wonderful evening playing Music from the Musicals (plus a few other bits and pieces) with SADOS (Spalding Amateur Dramattics and Operatic Society).
We played for the first set of 45 minutes, then SADOS did a 45 minute set, and we ended the evening with another 45 minutes where the band accompanied SADOS performing medlies from 'Mary Poppins', 'Oliver', and 'Oklahoma!'.
We had a very appreciative audience.
Musical Director Mel Hopkin was presented with a baton by the band to commemmorate his 50 years in banding, complete with press photographer.
A great performance by the Band at our annual trip to Holbeach St Marks for their Remembrance Service.
We played incidental musicat the war memorial (Colonel Bogey and 3 hymns). Adam Reece played Last Post very nicely.
We then go into the church and play the hymns for the service. There is a second War Memorial inside the Church and Kevin King played Last Post there extremely well.
We ended the service with Deep Harmony.
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