Band Report 2018

The band continues to go well, and re- mains very much a community band playing and supporting our village and surrounding area. At present we have over 30 players at different stages, mostly made up of village parents and young people. We practice in the Social Club on Tuesday nights. Classes start at 7.00 with beginners, followed by the main band at 7.30. New members are always welcome so come along. Instru- ments are on loan for free, as is tuition.

Our busy time started in July with the band and its youth playing in the mar- quee which was greatly enjoyed by alL Following on Sunday 15th was our 37th year of Brass on Grass with our guest bands Camborne Town, Helston Town, St Keverne and Lanner & District Silver Band. Brass on Grass has become more popular each year and continues to be one of the best band events in the area.

The parade was led by the band’s presi-dents, Richard & Tracey Clowes, with Tracey also introducing the evening andwelcoming BBC’s Donna Birrell who wascompere for the evening.

Inside the marquee, the audience were entertained with a varied musical pro- gramme from each band with many as- pects of individual and duet performances highly applauded.

At the end, the massed bands under the batons of, Kevin Mackenzie (Pomp & Cir- cumstance), Gareth Churcher (Trelawny), Kevin Johns (The Floral Dance) and Aaron Harvey (The National Anthem) played us out with an ever popular and rousing per- formance in which the audience stood and waved flags to the playing of Trelawny and Land of Hope & Glory with the singing was led by Melanie Uren.

On Saturday 21 July we had the garden show with the Band pleased to be playing once more for the event. A week later at the Port Navas Regatta, the band was also happy to entertain the many people who attended. On 1 September, we played for the Church BIG BBQ and FUN DAY. Not the best of weather but an enjoyable event.

On Thursday 8 November we took part in a concert, Lest we Forget, an informal eve- ning of music and reflection in the church which was decorated with hundreds of knit- ted poppies and various displays of memo- rabilia to remember 100 years since the end of the First World War. We then played in the Remembrance Day service on the 11th with the last post played by Allison Symons, Angela Alexander and Samantha Rowe-Papastavrou.

Christmas started very early for us this year in the beginning of November with six Turkey & Tinsel at the Membley Hall Hotel. In December we had three visits to Trago Mills, a wedding reception at Budock Vean Hotel, the village parade and the switching on of the tree lights, playing carols at Asda, then on to Port Navas for carols and switch on of lights at the village hall. This was fol- lowed by the Christmas carol service in Church, and then carols at the Social Club. To finish we played at Budock Vean Hotel on Christmas Eve.