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Annual Concert 2018

Saturday 19th May for many people was a day of excitement, organising and last minute preparations..........I'm not talking about a certain wedding at Windsor but Tenbury Town Band and their Annual  Concert. The date had been arranged well before any announcement of Royal Weddings!

As usual, the band had been rehearsing for many months and finally the big day had arrived. The afternoon rehearsal went well with a few of Keith's' army buddies arriving for their unofficial reunion.

It was with sad news we learnt that Derek wouldn't be joining us as unfortunately his Grandfather had died earlier in the week . However we had offers from Niamh and Alistair Thomas to sing "Skyfall" and "Copacabana" which was absolutely amazing with very little notice,  they both did a wonderful  job and the audience and band thought it was fantastic.

The ever growing Apprentice Band were superb! With Three hard pieces to play, the young trumpets enjoying  the fast paced "In The Hall of The Mountain King" and "Don't it make my Brown Eyes Blue" featured the Sax section. "Cantica" was their final piece with Niamh and James leading the trumpets with their duet. Very well done to everyone.

The programme was an interesting one with many familiar tunes but also some new pieces for our audience. Phantom of the Opera was a favourite along with Drums of Thunder from the Windows of the World collection. Benjamin played a wonderful solo, Bring him Home, from Les Mis and Annabel and Francesca performed Flight of the Bumble Bee which was very speedy indeed!

Our Annual Achievement Award was given to James Kellett on Trumpet . Since joining the band he has really proved to be an accomplished player with plenty more to offer. This year  The Gladys Kitchen Memorial Cup was presented to Mike Carter,  also on Trumpet, for his ongoing support of the band, travelling most weekends from Banbury to play at the fetes in and around Tenbury.

It was decided to put the proceeds from the Raffle towards the fund for another defibrillator in the town, this was very well supported and I'm sure it will help reach their target soon.

Thank you to everyone for their support, it is lovely to see so many familiar faces in the audience. We look forward to the summer fete season, Shrewsbury Bandstand and The National Memorial Arboretum in the months ahead. You can find a full list of engagements on the website www.tenburytownband.co.uk

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