A big congratulations to Natasha and Dave Marchant on the arrival of baby Alexia Ruth Jane Marchant on 26th February. We can't help but notice that this is the second baby which now clashes with the area contest! We hope both Alexia and her big sister Eloise decide to take up brass instruments when they're older so they can celebrate their birthdays in style at a brass band contest!
The 7th August saw the band perform in their annual Roaring 40s concert, which has been a hit year after year and this year was no different. The audience lifted the roof of the Gorley aircraft hangar with their singing, dancing and flag waving and the band provided the music to make it all happen. From the American swing music of Glenn Miller including ‘American Patrol’, ‘String of Pearls’ and ‘In the Mood’ right to the patriotic music of Britain -‘Jerusalem’ and ‘Rule Britannia’ – there was something for everyone.
On 31st July Hyde Band hosted their first Master Class delivered by three top players from the world famous Grimethorpe Colliery Band. Players of all standards came to learn from the stars, namely Kevin Crockford on soprano cornet, Andy Holmes on flugel horn and Michael Dodd on euphonium. Photographs from the day are available in the gallery.
On the 24th April the band performed a very successful concert at the Trinity Church in Ringwood. On this occasion our Musical Director, Ivan Hutchinson was away in Dubai on Marine duties – that is once the volcano stopped spewing ash and he actually made it out there! But Hyde Band were not going to let a volcano stop them from putting on a good show – stepping into the breach was Captain Dave Barringer, Director of Music, Royal Signals.
For the band, this is the biggest competition of the year, with the potential to qualify for the National Finals. This year the band decided to stay in Torquay over the whole weekend, which meant no early starts to catch the coach, and no need to rush back afterwards! With a relaxed rehearsal in a local church hall on the Friday night, followed by a leisurely breakfast on the morning of the contest, we were all in good spirits and ready to perform.
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