July is always a busy time for the band. First we had the Garden Show where the band played in the afternoon. This was shortly followed by an all Constantine flavour concert featuring the School Choir, Boys Choir & Samba band, Our Male Voice Choir, The Trengilly Singers, the bands Youth Group and ourselves all doing a short programme which was greatly enjoyed by all.
Sunday was our 28th year of Brass On Grass with guest bands Cambome, Helston and St Keveme and was certainly celebrated in style. The brass on grass is becoming more popular each year and is an evening of high class entertainment plus audience participation, The setting and staging tastefully decorated due to the hard work of the band members and friends who work to make the event memorable and continues to be one of the best band events in the area. The parade was led by the bands new joint Presidents Drs. Adrian and Paula Roberts who took over the role after the very sad death of Mrs. Barbara Scully. Mr and Mrs Scully had been the band’s Presidents for many years. Our new Presidents introduced the evenings Compere Mr. Phillip Hunt who carried out the proceedings for the second year running introducing each piece of music with his great knowledge of bands and music.
Looking back to the first Brass 0n Grass it is interesting to reflect that the first performance was actually in the open air on the recreation ground, hence the title Brass on Grass, In 1985 we went up market and began our long association with the garden show sharing the marquee and its cost, its nice to see two local organizations working together for 24 years. Many in the audience in 1981 have attended Brass on Grass without a break and most look forward to the bands parade which is an attractive prelude to the event.
This year the audience were entertained to a varied musical programme with many aspects of individual and duet performances highly applauded The massed bands under the baton of Gareth Churcher (Castle Coch) John Hitchens (Trelawny & Pomp and Circumstance) Kevin Mackenzie (Flora Dance & The National Anthem) played an ever popular and rousing performance in which the audience stood and waved flags to the playing of Trelawny and Land of Hope and Glory with an encore for both. Thanks were expressed to all who helped with the event and through out the year.
The following week-end the band played on the Sunday’s Two Days village Carnival event, but due to the bad weather had to play in the Social Club Function room .
The next week-end saw the band playing at Port Navas Regatta, this was followed on the Sunday with the band’s annual Carolare on the Quay where we were joined by the Church Choir and the Constantine Male Voice Choir. Reverend David Stevens officiated at the event.