Spring 2016

BCB's next concert is Sunday 19 June 2016 at the Regent Centre, Christchurch. This year the theme of the concert is 'Heroes of the Skies' and we will be featuring music associated with flying and the skies above us and especially recognising the anniversaries of the first flights of the Spitfire and the Lancaster Bomber. We look forward to seeing you there!
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The band recently welcomed bank to the band John Starkes. Starsky has played with the band on many occasions and has agreed to join the band on Solo Euphonium.
The end of April saw the band's AGM take place and due to the recent retirement of the band's long standing chairman, Ken Taken, that position needed to be filled. The band were very pleased that Ken, who is now Life President was able to attend. In true democratic fashion votes were cast for those offering their services.
The committee that will serve the band for the year to April 2017 is:
Chairman: Nick Jarvis
Secretary: Alf Hughes
Treasurer: John Kidby
Resident: Bill Willis
Committee: Calum Noble-Gresty, Cam Smith, Matt Chiverton
Every year awards are presented to the Player of the year (the most improved) and Bandsman of the year (the person who has done over and above for the band) . This year these awards went to Calum - Player of the Year and Alf - Bandsman of the Year.
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In April BCB joined forces with the Winton Salvation Army Songster Brigade to raise funds for a forthcoming trip the SA were undertaking to the Ukraine to help support the people in that area.
Sharing the stage BCB offered Walking with Heroes, Shine as the Light, Three Little Maids (cornet trio), Big Band Tribute and the clasic SA march - Rousseau. The band are looking forward to such events in the future.
A week later the BCB quintet joined forces with the Bournemouth Community Choir for a joint concert in the East Cliff URC.
This was a fun evening with the choir and band providing much foot tapping music. The groups are preparing a similar concert around Christmas time so watch this space!


Brad Rouillier - First Baritone

Brad Roullier - First BaritoneIt was with great sadness that the band saw Brad retire from playing with the band. Brad had been a member of the band for many years and also held the position of Chairmen for a period of time. The band has been priveledged to play many of Brad's brass band film arrangements, most as premieres. Brad is now concentrating of his other hobby, painting. The band wish Brad all the best for the future but as we oftern say, 'never say never!'.



Easter bank holiday saw the BCB quintet perform in the Bournemouth Pinewalk bandstand for the town's Duck race held in the Bourne stream. Unfortunately the weather was not at it's best but a fair number of people came to take part and watch.
With the Mayor leading the proceedings and commenting on the race, the band played suitable music to entertain the crowd.
Mayor's comment:
Dear Bournemouth Concert Brass.
A truly great afternoon, in cold wintery conditions, but, luckily no rain.
Great Team, and a great atmosphere, BCB was as usual the sound that should be playing there, and they were great.
Sincere appreciation,
Councillor John Adams JP, Mayor of Bournemouth


The band threw a surprise party for the band's retiring Chairman, Ken Taken with former members and Ken's son Nigel, the band's professional conductor in attendance. Music was provided by different members forming a quintet through out the evening. Ken was presented with a plaque to recognise his long service to the band and a special cake was made in the shape of a tenor horn.


BCB prepare for the West of England Area contest 2016

The band are delighted to announce that Matt Brown will be conducting them at the forthcoming Area contest being held in Torquay in March.
Matt is no stranger to the area, originating from Portsmouth and conducting other local bands in this area.
Matt is currenly based in the Manchester area studying Trombone under the tuition of Brett Baker, and is delighted to be associated with the band.

BCB see in the New Year in style!


The New Year was seen in with the annual New Concert given by the band at the Regent Centre Christchurch.

The band began the concert with the first movement of Mozart's 25th Symphony and swiftly move on to Beerthoven and his wonderful overture, Egmont. Further representations from Mozart were a duet from the Magic Flute played by Alf Hughes (Flugel) and Tony Hartley (Euphonium) and A Musical Joke, the music of which you may remember from the Horse of the Year show. The band were delighted to introduce a new soloist. Cam Smith recently joined the band on Trombone and he presented Girls are Made to Love and Kiss by Franz Lehar.

Strauss was of course the main contributor to the programme with familiar Waltzes and polkas, and as the band were celebrating the 20th concert of this type they played a polka written by one of the band's members, Peter Hartley, entitled Regent Polka, this was written in the style of Strauss, and as a thank you to the staff at the Centre for their support over the years and also the the audiences who come year after year to hear the band.

The concert finished in obligatory style with The Blue Danube and Strauss Senior's Radetsky March.

Malcolm Torrent - RIP


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It is with great sadness that Malcolm Torrent, a former member of the band passed away on Friday 20/11/2015. Malcolm, a former military musician, joined the band on cornet and also conducted and compered the band on occasion.
Our thoughts are with his family at this time.

BCB Autumn 2015

It is with great pleasure we announce the engagement of one of our bass players.
Calum, who plays Eb Bass with the band recently popped the question to his girlfriend Jess, and she has accepted.
The band offers their congratulations.
Engagement Updates
Please see the Diary page for updates on forthcoming concerts and events.

New Players
The band welcomes some new players, Shaun Street on Cornet, Clare Fawcett on Baritone, Cam Smith on Trombone and his brother Fraser on Horn. Further details to follow.
Wessex Contest
Wessex, BCB have engaged the services of David Hayward to conduct them at the forthcoming Wessex Contest.
With the band’s professional conductor Nigel Taken not being available, the band asked David and he readily accepted.
David has been associated with the band on many occasions and led the band to some fine contest results in the Spring and Senior Trophies contests in Blackpool, the Yeovil Entertainment contest and gaining 1st prize at the Wessex contest in 2006.
The band look forward to working with him.
September Concerts
September saw BCB perform their annual Last Night of the Proms concerts at the Mowlem Theatre Swanage and the Regent Centre Christchurch.
These are popular concerts with the audiences and gives the band the opportunity to play new arrangements and resurrect some piece from the past.
The same programme was performed at each concert.
The band started off with a new composition entitled ‘Regent Intrada’ This started with just cornets, trombones and percussion on stage playing a fanfare before, at a given time, the remainder of the band entered the stage and joined in playing. The conductor then entered to finish off the piece.
The soloists on display were firstly the cornet section, with a quartet arrangement of My Favourite Things from the Sound of Music and later in the programme a Soprano and Flugel duet of Ivor Novello’s We’ll Gather Lilacs from the show, Perchance to Dream.
The band recognised the music output of two musicians who sadly passed away this year. The Cilla Black hit, Step Inside Love, and Ernest Tomlinson’s Little Serenade.
There were a number of new arrangements on show and these included, Stairway to Heaven (Led Zeppelin), Sparkling Diamonds (from Moulin Rouge) and Who wants to Live Forever (Queen). A further Queen number, We Will Rock You opened the 2nd half of the concert where just percussion and basses started the familiar introduction to this piece before the trombones commenced playing the melody, after which the rest of the band filed in to join for the rest of the piece.
The band had also delved into their extensive library for what is affectionately known as ‘brown music’, and played the fine overture, Yeoman of the Guard, and Dvorak’s overture, Carnival.
Audience participation was heard and well received in a selection, Wartime Songs, singing the familiar words to many of the tunes, and then to the normal ending for these concerts with British Sea Songs, Jerusalem and Pomp and Circumstance. With much flag waving and clapping the audience were in fine voice and with an encore of the last strain of Land of Hope and Glory, with both sets of audiences gave a standing ovation to the band.


Matt Chiverton - Soprano

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Congratulations to Matt and his girlfriend who are the proud parents of a baby boy.named William.
I'm sure the sleepless nights will pass in time!

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