BCB Autumn 2015

Congratulations!
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
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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.

Congratulations!

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!

BCB - Summer 2015

The band has been performing in and around Bournemouth during the summer months.
In June the band performed its annual 'Hollywood & Broadway' concert at the Regent Centre Christchurch.
 
Music on offer was from the films The Longest Day, Empire of the Sun, Harry Potter, and Midway, together with Musical numbers from Anything Goes and Phantom of the Opera. We also featured music from Game of Thrones and even the Muppets!
Solo items performed were the Cornet solo Let it Go from Frozen, played by Alf Hughes, Principal Cornet. Gabriel's Oboe from The Mission, played by Tony Hartley, Solo Euphonium. Also featured was a Cornet Trio, Three Little Maids, played by ALf Hughes, Nick Jarvis and Stuart Gaudion. We also featured a Euphonium Duet, Bibbidi, Bobbidi Boo, played by Tony & Peter Hartley.
As an encore, and to recognise the passing of the singer Joe Cocker, the band played Up Where We Belong from the film, An Officer and a Gentleman.
 
For the past 23 years the band has played in the Pinewalk bandstand in Bournemouth's Lower Gardens. This year Bournemouth Council could not provide the funds to pay for bands wishing to play in the bandstand. The band proudly wears the Council logo and felt duty bound to perform for the public and represent the town of Bournemouth. The band has a 10-piece ensemble and it was this group of players that eprformed 2 concerts in the bandstand without being paid.
The crowd responded to entertaining numbers such as Copa Cabana, New York New York, My Way and many others.
 
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The 10-piece ensemble also performed in the Christchurch bandstand over the weekend of 22/23 August. One of the most popular numbers and to which many of the children listening performed the actions, was YMCA!
 
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On the Bank Holday weekend the band were asked to provide a Quintet to play some fanfares at the unveiling of a commemorative plaque. This was at very late notice but we managed to practice for 20 minutes before the ceremony!
The fanfares were well received and local dignitaries were in attendance including the Deputy Mayor and Mayoress.

 

BCB at Cadburys new chocolate bar launch 'Puddles'

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On bank holiday Monday BCB were requested to play at an event for the chocalate makers, Cadburys who were launching a new chocolate bar called 'Puddles'.
This took place in the village of Puddletown, Dorset where the villagers hold an annual duck race along part of the river Piddle that runs through the town.
Cadburys had decorated the ducks and supporting food and ice cream stalls in their specific colouring and many of the villagers were there to support the event.
Due to the lack of space the band provided a 10 piece ensemble and played suitable music to which many of the children (and parents!) danced along to along the river bank.
The event was a huge success and look out for the new chocolate bar 'Puddles' soon.

BCB v AFC Bournemouth

BCB were privileged to play at AFC Bournemouth Goldsands stadium the night the team effectively sealed promotion to the Premiership. The band had been asked to play outside the ground prior to the match with a specific request for 'football' type anthems. The band were happy to oblige and for an hour before the match performed pievces such at Match of the Day theme, 'Ere we go' (Stars & Stripes Forever), The Great Escape, Congratulations, We are the Champions (maybe a bit premature in that one!), plus other suitable music. The crowd were in a buoyant mood and as the fans entered the stadium, many stopped to sing along, or to take 'selfies' with the band. A good night was had by all.

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BCB performs at the West of England regional contest in Torquay

February/March is the time when all contesting brass bands set their sights on preparing for the regional contests that happen around the country during the month of March. The bands in the Championship (top) section were required to play a piece of music entitled the Torchbearer by Peter Graham.

BCB had to travel to Torquay to take part in the West of England regional contest, in the previous weeks Professional conductor Nigel Taken had been thoroughly preparing the band for this contest ensuring we were familiar with the direction he wanted to give, and that we could play our parts!

After a short rehearsal in Torquay on the Saturday morning we were advised that we had been drawn to play 13th (last). This meant that we would not be on stage until approx. 7pm.

We finally got on stage shortly after 7pm and produced a performance that both conductor and players were happy with, and a short while after it was announced that the adjudicators had placed BCB in 4th place, the band were extremely happy with this as not only was it an improvement on last year’s result but also meant that the band maintained its Championship status for another year.

This certainly made the trip back to Bournemouth an enjoyable one.

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