The Training Band with help from members of the main band played at the "Light up the Lights" ceremony to turn on the Christmas Tree lights at Salisbury Hospice. This was attended by many people whose loved ones had received end-of-life care and support from the Hospice, and so for many it was a poignant time.
The band was ably conducted by the Christopher Mahy, and played "Jingle Bells", "Mary's Boy Child" and "The Snowman" beforehand followed by carols through the ceremony.
A small band played carols in Salisbury town centre on Saturday 2nd December. The bandstand, outside Waterstones, was well placed and there was a continuous flow of people to listen. The music was enjoyed by the passing shoppers, particularly "Jingle Bells", much to the chagrin of the band, who had to play it many times. Nevertheless the audience was very generous as the band collected over £250 in 2 hours.
In addition, the band also had the Hyde Band Christmas CD on sale (see details here), which sold very well!
Saturday 25th November 2017 saw Hyde Band venture to the New Life Centre in Bournemouth for the Wessex Brass Band Association Winter Contest. This is an own-choice contest with an open adjudication, so that competing bands can be seen by the adjudicator. Hyde chose to play "Odyssey" by Kevin Norbury, which will also be the Area test piece in March next year.
The result was positive for Hyde, coming third overall and placed second within the First section group. In addition, our percussion team won the award for best percussion section!
"A performance with lots to offer" (from Adjudicators remarks)
"This is a great result - I'm really pleased for the band.", said the band chairman Martin Easterbrook, "We are building the band that will compete in the Championship Section next year in Torquay, and this is a milestone in our preparation. This result gives us lots of feedback and direction for what we need to do next".
Jonathan Lush-Camps, Hyde Band Musical Director, was also very pleased with the performance, commenting "I set the band a challenge, and they rose to it. Well done them".
For more information about the contest and the results, please visit the WBBA website here.
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