We have come to the end of our 30th Year. It has certainly been a huge year for the Band.
We started the clebrations for our 30th Anniversary by holding a black tie celebratory meal at Cadmore Lodge. Approximately 80 past and present members and supporters of the band attended the dinner.
The guest speaker for the evening was former director of music for the Coldstream guards, Mr David Marshall. Davids association with the band began in Keith Colwell’s days when they were both in The Worcestershire and Sherwood foresters Regimental band. David regularly joins Tenbury Town Band in playing and conducting at their May concerts. On the evening he was presented with a small band banner, a band tie and a framed picture of Keiths concert in 2007 as a Thank you.
Founder members of the band, Kathy De Beer , Emma Hillhouse , Melanie Parker , Marjorie Watts ( Daughter of the bands founder Ewart Morgan) and Louise Millichamp were invited to cut the fabulous 30th Anniversary Cake which was made by Joan Parker.
Following the dinner and speeches there was a midnight countdown to the actual anniversary date of 3rd March which was followed by fireworks over the lake.
Our Annual Concert was another great night with friends joining us from the Woofers, as always everyone worked hard to perform more challenging pieces and show the versatility of the Band.
The summer season was as busy as ever.
June saw the Band play at Worcester Rugby Club for the Woofers Reunion. This was a real honour as it was the first time they had invited a non-military Band.
July saw the usual suspects (& new recruits) troop off to Wessex Band Camp for a hard week of music and fun.
Everyone was looking forward to August and the trip to Edinburgh for the Tattoo and the highlight of performing a concert underneath Concorde.
In October the Band performed at The RBL Poppy Appeal Concert at The Regal, The change of venue increased the Audience and the Concert was very well supported raising £1500.
November was busy playing at Tenbury Firework Display and leading the Remembrance Parades in Tenbury and Bromyard.
December is always busy with all the Christmas events. Culmington Village held their Christmas Fayre on 6th Dec which got everyone into the Christmas Spirit. This was swiftly followed by Tenbury’s Father Christmas Parade and our own Charity Christmas Concert. We were really pleased to have a packed house once again for our Christmas Concert. In fact we were sold out a week before the concert. Apologies to those who turned up on the night. The Band was fortunate to have guest Vocalist Derek White join them again for many of the pieces and a particular favourite “Cry me a River”. The long awaited sketch was masterfully produced as ever & much secrecy surrounded the details, very well done to Mark for organising everyone in Tenbury Town Bands ”Twelve Days of Christmas”. Thank you to all the local businesses who helped be part of it!! Thanks to everyone for supporting the raffles by donating prizes and buying the tickets on the night. From all our Christmas fundraising events our donation to Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research was an amazing £2000. We are proud to help this worthwhile charity which is close to all our hearts.
Our 30th anniversary year finished with a music workshop weekend, tutored by Matt Stimpson, a fantastic weekend enjoyed by all.