Hyde Band made their debut appearance at the West of England Bandsmen’s Festival in Bugle on 18th June 2016. It was a very breezy day down in Bugle and whilst this would not normally be a problem at a contest, at Bugle things are very different. Bugle is an open-air contest and held on a big platform in the middle of the breezy Cornish countryside. Thankfully, our musical director is native to Cornwall and an experienced Bugle competitor, and after much nagging he finally convinced us all to stick our music to cardboard and bring all manner of pegs and magnets to anchor it down. It was just as well, because the wind was blowing hard and our music would have taken off faster than Mary Poppins in force ten if we hadn’t. As a true professional, our Musical Director has been working hard over the last 20+ years to ensure that even under the most severe conditions, he will never blow away!
Hyde Band Chairman and Bass player, Steve Mattock, announced his retirement from the band at the AGM in March 2016. Steve has been a stalwart of the band for a great many years, taking on a number of roles including bandmaster and chairman. He will be sorely missed, but we wish him well in the future and hope he now has more time to enjoy his other hobbies and past times.
With Spring just around the corner, the band is already planning some exciting concerts and events for the coming year - see our Events page, but first we are rehearsing our socks off for two contests, the first at Oxford at the end of February, and the West Of England Regional Contest in Torquay in March, playing ‘Essay’ by Edward Gregson, where we will be up against the top bands in our area.
Our Training band under their conductor, Lloyd Bartlett, enjoyed performing at the Wessex Youth and Training band Contest in Downton in January. It was the first time on the contest stage for many of the players, young and older, but they wowed the audience with their rendition of Jessie J’s ‘Price Tag’, complete with a rap sung by Jake, our young Euphonium player. He was presented with a Silver Award; his younger brother, Oliver, aged 6, received the trophy for ‘Youngest Player’ in the contest.
On Saturday 1st of August the band were incredibly proud to perform in the South Gorley WWII aircraft hangar at RAF Ibsley for our annual Roaring 40s Concert. This year was a little different as it marked 25 years of the Bygone Days celebrations. A huge achievement for everyone involved, and none more so than Mrs Elaine Micklewright who has been organising and hosting the events every year. Over the 25 years of ‘Bygone Days’, tens of thousands of pounds have been raised to support local charities including – Salisbury Hospice, Salisbury Alzheimer’s Society and the Royal British Legion Women’s Section.
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