Neston Village Fete (7 July)
On Saturday the band performed at the Neston Village Fete. With the sun shining, yet again, the band were situated in a marquee on the playing field providing background music to all visitors.
It was also a day for others to show the band their stuff by coming along during the interval and 'Having a Blow'. With a few instruments set aside, (cornet, horn and bass) the public (young and old) were invited to see if they could produce a note. With a variety of sounds expelling from the instruments it was great to see that they were all successful. Thank you and well done to you all!
It is the band's intention to form a Beginners Group or Training Band in the near future and are looking for new members. The band are able to offer free tuition along with the loan of an instrument. If you, or anyone you know, are interested please contact our secretary, Greg Hayes, using the details on our contacts page.
Neston Cream Teas, St James' Church (1 July)
The annual cream tea event took place outside St Philip & St James' Church in Neston. The band entertained the audience with some popular favourites - African Waltz, 42nd Street and New York, New York, just to name a few. Check out our Facebook page to listen to the band playing 'The Irish Blessing'. Thank you to the church for providing the band with cold drinking water throughout our performance on yet another hot day, and for the tea, cake and scones that followed!
With another local engagement under the belt, the band now look forward to the Neston Village Fete next weekend. Come and join us more music and support the local village.
Stonar School Fete (30 June)
It is not very often that the band get to play during the morning at a weekend job (unless it is at a church service). On Saturday, the last day in June, a morning summer fayre was the call for the day. Stonar School, near Atworth in Wiltshire, was a new venue for the band and Gavin was out in the front for his first engagement since his appointment as Musical Director. It was a hot, sunny day but with music to entertain the visitors, and ice creams at half time, the band did very well coping with the high temperatures. A big thank you goes out to the guest players that morning for filling a few empty seats and the band looks forward to playing at next year's event.
Well done Gav - Galloping Home was great! :)
Welcome Gavin! (6th June)
In the past few weeks, auditions have been taking place for a new Musical Director. The Corsham Band are now excited to announce the new appointment to this position of Gavin Clemons. Gavin joins the band in the throes of the summer season rehearsals, getting ready to conduct them as they perform at the forthcoming fetes and concerts. He has a wealth of experience as a player, having played since he was a young boy and then playing trombone in the Marines, and is now in a position to expand this musical knowledge as a conductor of a contesting band - something Gavin is very much looking forward to.
Check out our engagements page to find out where the band will be in the next few months and be introduced to our newest arrival!
Goodbye Colin! (End of May)
It is with sadness that we have to share the news that our Musical Director of many years has decided to leave the Corsham Band. Having travelled from Swansea to Neston most weeks since July 2012, Colin has now made the decision to concentrate on his golfing and spend more time away with his wife in their caravan. In recent years, Colin has helped the band to gain promotion from the fourth section to the second section in the contesting arena, with notable visits to the finals in 2014 and 2017. All the band members would like to extend its best wishes to Colin for the future.
Twinning Association Concert, Corsham (6 May)
The Bank Holiday weekend proved to be a very hot one and the band took a well deserved pint break (we mean, tea break) during the interval of the concert held at the Town Hall in Corsham. With the concert scheduled to start at 2.30pm, the French guests arrived to take up the audience chairs at 2.45pm! So with rousing music, the band entertained the Corsham Twinning Association and their French counterparts, treating them to tunes and music they could sing along and sway to. With a standing ovation at the end the band concluded the afternoon by playing the German drinking song, In Munchen, ... as you do! We hope they all had a safe journey back to Jargeau, in France, the following day. Bon voyage.
Royal Air Force Centenery, Corsham (5 May)
On Saturday, the band were delighted to be asked to take part in the Royal Air Force centenery weekend celebrations. The RAFA were taking part in the 100th Anniversary Commemorative Walk from Corsham to Calne, via Chippenham, which is a total of 10 miles - one mile for each 10 years of the RAF. They were carrying a token to representing Major General Trenchard the first Commander of the force and the Corsham Band played to send the token, with the walkers, on their merry way. With Aces High, 633 Squadron and the Royal Air Force March being played, the cadets led the walk through the Corsham High Street. Despite being an extremely hot morning, the band donned their uniform and supported the occasion.
Corsham Grant Evening, Springfield Centre, Corsham (22 March)
With new brass band mutes in hand the Corsham Band provided the entertainment at the Springfield Centre in Corsham for the meeting with all Wiltshire Council grant recipients. The evening was held in the community centre for those who were successful in obtaining much needed funds for their groups. The Corsham Band's grant was received back in December and Thursday evening was the first opportunity for the whole band to use the new mutes and show the audience the difference they make in performances. THANK YOU WILTSHIRE COUNCIL!
West of England Regional Brass Band Championships (10 March)
On Friday afternoon the band members made the long journey down to Torquay for their last evening rehearsal before 'the big day'. In the morning, having been drawn 8th, the band took to the stage to see what they could do with Ex Terra Lucem (the test piece). With a snug seating arrangement and some timpani stick throwing the band finally reached the end of their performance and exited the Forum pleased with what they had done. The result came later in the afternoon - a very commendable 10th place out of 16 was achieved by Corsham Band, coming ahead of some very established bands. Not bad for the first outing in the second section. Onwards and upwards!