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.
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.
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