Broughton Gifford Christmas Concert (8 December)
So it was the band's first Christmas Concert of December on Saturday evening. Broughton Gifford welcomed the band to the village hall where a selection of Christmas music was performed - some well known, some not so. With Candlelight Carol being played by candlelight (stand lights!) and the Twelve Days of Christmas giving soprano player, Steve Harris, the runaround, Christmas joy was spread. Audience members sang along to traditional carols and the children gave solo singing performances while the band played Away in a Manger.
The Christmas music heard in Broughton Gifford attracted the attention of Father Christmas who popped in to see if the band members were being naughty or nice! Ho! Ho! Ho!
Center Parcs, Longleat (15 November)
Yes, with less than 6 weeks to go, the band has started carolling to the public (although it has been going on in the band room for a few weeks now)! It is officially Winter Wonderland in Center Parcs and every Thursday evening you will find a Corsham Band ensemble entertaining the holiday makers (and staff members) to Christmas carols and music in the lead up to the big day. The band will also be performing in Center Parcs on Christmas Eve afternoon. Look for the very tall Christmas tree in the Plaza and that is where you will see, and hear, the band performing. Come and sing along to the carols. Bring the children (or young at heart) and get invited to shake some bells! The Christmas festivities has begun ...
Remembrance Day (11 November)
It was a fresh, but thankfully dry, morning on Sunday when the band took to the streets of Corsham for the annual Remembrance Day parade, commemorating, this year, 100 years since the end of World War 1. Many people turned out to line the streets to watch the parade and also to take part in the service at St Bartholomew's Church. It was standing room only in the church as the congregation sang and the band played. With the Last Post played and the two minute silence taken the band then marched and played their way towards the war memorial where many wreathes were laid and the second two minute silence was observed. A final march along the high street took the band to the final destination of the Royal British Legion. Thank you to everyone who supported this very special occasion.
Twinning Association Concert (23 September)
On Sunday afternoon the band played at the Corsham Town Hall. The band showcased some new and exciting repertoire for brass bands along with some well-known tunes from popular films and musicals which included 'Out of Africa', 'The Greatest Showman' and '42nd Street'. There were also sensitive renditions of beautiful hymn tunes and a rousing big finish in the form of Louis Prima's 'Sing, Sing, Sing'.
All proceeds from this concert were split between The Corsham Band and the Corsham Twinning Association who brought along their members and provided the refreshments during the interval.
Thank you to everyone who came along and supported the band. We hope you enjoyed the concert as much as the band did.
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 Clemons was out in the front. 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.
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!