Well, spring has certainly “sprung” and the band launched into the season with its celebration concerts at the village hall.
Beverley Greenacre and Amelia Hazelwood both received long service awards, 30 and 20 years’ service respectively! Tenor Horn player Peter Almond will be 90 this year and is still an active member of the band (he does tell us that he has however have to give up his water skiing hobby!). Ian of course has completed 40 years in the Band, 25 years conducting! Hence we really did have something to celebrate across the band.
The concert programme was a selection of numbers that had special memories for Ian, as well as tunes selected by Amelia, Beverley and Peter.
The concert included “Bandology” which Ian recalled we had played from the early days. Other favourites included “McArthur Park” and “As If We Never Said Goodbye” from Sunset Boulevard superbly played by Paul on trombone.
During the concerts Ian gave an insight as to the importance of the social side of the band. He remembered overseas trips to Belgium, Germany and Holland which were very special moments. Taverham band, he explained, was a true “family” and the spirit of the band extends far beyond the music. He also recalled the early days of the band and how the band has developed, from humble beginnings into a major concert band. He also explained that as a conductor he is entirely self-taught !!!!
He also recalled how sister Beverley (who many will know is not a nun ! but his sister) once fled her solo performance being hotly pursued by a wasp !
It was a great concert and we would like to thank the audience who made the celebration concert so special. Presentations were made and thanks were made to Ian who really has taken the band to new levels , providing so much enjoyment for the band and its audiences. Without his dedication and commitment, the band would certainly not be what it is today.
You can see a clip from the celebration show on you tube – it’s the bands roaring version of “Old Man River” – it’s a drum feature with John in the drum chair – hang on to your hat !
Also, Rebecca Buss’s lovely flugelhorn solo on Concierto D’Aranjuez (as mimed by Tara Fitzgerald in the popular film “Brassed Off”) :
And, finally, Ian’s reminiscences of 40 years with Taverham Band :-
Some additional photographs taken over the two nights of our Spring concerts can be viewed by clicking here.
We look forward to seeing you all in the summer as we play various shows and concerts – please see our engagements list here.
Ian Colman MBE – Musical Director