Ian’s Update June 2016

A visit by one of the world’s top brass bands is a special event, and the Grimethorpe Colliery Band received a warm welcome when they came to St Andrew’s Hall in Norwich as guests of the East Anglian Brass Band Association. Their outstanding virtuosity was an inspiration to the many keen amateurs who came to listen; and each year members of our Band attend a training workshop when a team from Grimethorpe or another leading band give up their time to pass on their expertise.

June and July are busy for the Band as we participate in a variety of local village events at Hingham, Kelling Heath, and of course the Taverham Fayre, and keep our fingers crossed that the sun will be shining.

Preparations are well under way for the Band’s visit to Belgium to give a concert and participate in the Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate. As well as the privilege of that very poignant and special occasion, the trip also affords an opportunity to visit historic battlefield sites of the Great War, and promises to be another significant milestone in the Band’s history.

We would like to congratulate Dan Polley and Peter Almond who received long service awards for 30 and 40 years respectively at the recent concert. We would also like to say welcome to Jan Hytch who has joined the cornet section and a farewell to Richard Slipper who is retiring after nearly 15 years as a band member and also provided much support behind the scenes, particularly with Exploding Brass! (Click here for image gallery)

Full details of forthcoming events including our autumn concerts are available on the  website here – book early to avoid disappointment!

Ian Colman – Musical Director