Musical Director: Claudio Nold
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Cove Brass News
July saw the band return to Aldershot's bandstand in Princes Gardens where the weather wasn't really our friend! The small audience braved the showers whilst the band played on. Later in the month we were asked to perform for the Gibraltar Barracks Family Fun Day. Again the weather was not our friend! When we arrived the weather wasn't too bad but as the afternoon progressed the rains became heavier and heavier but the show went on regardless!
June turned out to be a busy month for the band with the Cove Churches Fayre, Aldershot Victoria Day Parade, Our "Summer Sounds of Switzerland" Concert and Odiham's Armed Forces Day Parade. All the events were very well attended and the band performed very well. We look forward to a slightly less busy July!
May saw the band's first appearance on the bandstand at Newbury for the year. A very pleasant day was rewarded by a fine performance.
The "Big & Brassy" event weekend went marvellously raising in the region of £2,500 for the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice. More than 70 brass and percussion players from 7 local bands took part in the event which culminated in a concert in the Prince's Hall, Aldershot.
The first concert of the year saw us return to "A Night At The Movies" where the band played really well with The Great Escape, I'll Walk With God, Crimson Tide, When You Wish Upon A Star, Going Home, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Happy, The Sound Of Music, The Rose, The Sand Volcano (from "The Mummy"), Spartacus and Aces High.
The busy festive season began for us at Redfield's Garden Centre where we had been asked to help to get their customers in the Festive Spirit. Our Christmas Concert went down very well with a festive fun program - The Bells of Christmas, Christmas Piece, The Polar Express, Mr Sandman (Mr Santa), White Christmas, Christmas Variations based on "Es ist ein ros esprungen", Intrada "Lobt Gott den Herrn", The Call Of Christmas, The Christmas Song, Sleigh Ride, When A Child Is Born, Festive Frenzy and The Spirit Of Christmas. Finally we played some Carols in the Tradesman's Arms on Christmas Eve which went down very well indeed.
Our "Last Night of the Proms" concert was a super evening's entertainment with the program of Valiant and True, I Vow To Thee My Country, Broken Sword, My Love Is Like A Red Red Rose, Sing, Under Two Flags, March from A Moorside Suite, Irish Tune From County Derry (better known as Danny Boy), Seventeen Come Sunday and Folks Songs From Somerset from the English Folk Song Suite, Nimrod, Pastime With Good Company, finishing with a rousing rendition of the Fantasia On British Sea Songs complete with waving Union Flags!
Our Summer Concert was very well received. The band performed a varied program - Kingdom of God, Canadian Folk Song Suite, In Perfect Peace, Lord Tullamore, Montreal Citadel and after a short interval, Prismatic Light, Jubilation, Mack and Mabel, One Voice, Ruby Tuesday, ending with Calling Cornwall. We also performed at the Princes Gardens bandstand in Aldershot, where our program of music was very well appreciated by the sizeable crowd on a lovely Saturday lunchtime.
Our first bandstand engagement went very well. The weather forecast had been horrible all week but it turned out to be a pleasant afternoon in the sunshine, if a little chilly!
We would like to send our best wishes and thanks to Matt Cairns, who has decided to step down from the band to concentrate on other commitments.
We would like to send our best wishes and thanks with Anthony Peagam, who has decided to step down from the band due to other commitments.
This month saw our first formal concert entitled "A Night at the Movies". The band performed very well and the super audience thoroughly enjoyed our program of film themes - Death or Glory, For the Love of a Princess (from Braveheart), How to Train Your Dragon, Evergreen, Chicken Run and Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone followed by a short interval and refreshments. The band then resumed with The Magnificent Seven, Pirates of the Caribbean, Over the Rainbow, The Best of Bond, Moon River and Born Free. Finally, as an encore we played Colonel Bogey.
We would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate our Euphonium player, Amy Ewen, who has been offered a place to study Euphonium at the Birmingham Conservatoire from September.
We would like to welcome Isaac Priest (on bass trombone) to the band. We hope he enjoys playing with us and will continue to do so for a long time. We are now preparing for our first public performances to add a little festive cheer to the shoppers of Farnborough and Sandhurst as well as swelling the band's coffers to enable us to purchase sufficient equipment and instruments to further develop for the future.
We would like to welcome Lucy North (on horn) and Chris Seabrook (on drums) to the band. We hope they enjoy playing with us and will continue to do so for a long time.
We would like to welcome Roger Endacott (on cornet) and Chris Davies (Eb Bass) to the band. We hope they enjoy playing with us and will continue to do so for a long time.
First rehearsal was a great success! Fourteen enthusiastic players enjoyed the opportunity to make music and start the process of establishing a new band under the direction and guidance of Claudio. Now we look forward to more music making and some more players to fill the gaps.