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.