A little bit about “The Woofers”
Tenbury Town Band (TTB) have had a special link with The Woofers since the early days. This was of course through the Late Keith Colwell, our former conductor. Keith and our guests were all in The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regimental Band.
When our band first set up in 1983 Keith begged and borrowed music and instruments from his woofer friends to provide the players somewhere to start and try different instruments. Now many years down the line we are still using some of these, most obviously the Timpani Drums. These were collected by John Walker (in his orange VW van).
When the first TTB Concerts were held Keith ‘persuaded’ some of the lads to come to help us out. With this they would also perform their popular group The Tyrolean Terrors. Which was an Oompah band with a twist. It is really hard to describe unless you have seen them we do still have the videos to prove it! After the Concert everyone would go back to The Royal Oak Hotel where the evening of entertainment would continue…….!
TTB were also invited on a trip to Warminster, where the Woofers were based. Music was played then there was a Hockey Match to round off the day. TTB v WOOFERS....
Result - I am sure TTB won!
In 1992 The Woofers were based in Cyprus - Keith and Chris Burry (1WFR), hatched a plan & through many letters and hard work a trip was organised - 1 Week performing concerts in and around Ayia Napa then a massed bands concert with The Woofers, TTB, Larnaca Town Band and The Nicosia Police Band in a the setting of an old fort, great memories of music and friendship. There was even time for a re match of the Hockey game! Result - I am sure we won again. Keith I think put the opposition off as he wore shorts and only one sock. A sight to be seen.
Keith was a great “persuader” and called on David Marshall who had been his Bandmaster when he was in the Woofers to bring the Coldstream Guards to Tenbury. This was a truly memorable experience for the Town, all of TTB and I think secretly for Keith (opportunity to conduct the Coldstream Guards).
It was true testament of friendship that when Keith was ill and we phoned them and said would they come and perform a concert for Keith, they just came. This has since developed into an annual reunion which is so marvelously supported. The generosity and fabulous support continues, in many forms: instruments; music; conducting lessons and nurturing the next generation of TTB.
Our sincere thanks go to all the Woofers that have supported TTB over the many years and hope they know they are always welcome