November has been a busy time for the band preparing for two contests. All this hard work has paid off with a 2nd place at Gloucestershire GBBA Contest on 20th November followed a further 2nd place in First Section at Weymouth WBBA Contest on 26th November. These results are particularly encouraging for the band with so many changes in personnel over the last few months and the move to new rehearsal facilities.
Hyde Band raised the roof of the North Gorley WWII aircraft hangar at the annual Roaring 40s Concert on 13th August. Arguably one of the most popular concerts the band deliver each year, this year was no different and the audience really were 'In the Mood' for a night of entertainment, singing and dancing and suitably dressed in 40s style attire.
The band is happy to announce the appointment of Helen Kinder as Musical Director. Helen recently conducted the band for our concert in Alderholt which was a great success. We have a busy summer calendar, most notably with the annual ‘Roaring 40s’ concert in August and with a new rehearsal room in Sandleheath there are definitely exciting times ahead.
It is with great sadness that the band announces the resignation of our Musical Director, Ivan Hutchinson. Ivan has recently accepted a new post in The Band of Her Majesty's Royal Marines Collingwood and is now unable to give the time and commitment to Hyde Band that he has in the past.
When the Band were drawn to play 13th at the West of England Regional Championships in March 2011, there were a few moans and groans from the more superstitious members and supporters among us, but as it turns out there was no need!
The test-piece was 'Le Carnival Romain' by Hector Berlioz, a classical composition, which in past contests has suited Hyde Band, so we knew we had an chance of doing well. With no expectations but our own, everyone was fairly relaxed. We knew our soloists were secure and that our ensemble work was tight and controlled, and in the run up to the contest there was a feeling that we were heading towards a peak performance on stage.
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