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Ian’s Update May 2018

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

 

Ian’s Update April 2018

With the long and harsh winter now just a distant memory (remember the “Big Beast from the East?) the Band’s concert programme is well under way; and this year we are looking forward to two special and prestigious engagements in London in June.

The Musical Museum in Kew is home to an extensive and world famous collection of musical instruments. From the tiniest of clockwork music boxes to the Mighty Wurlitzer theatre organ in our concert hall, you can listen to and learn about an impressive array of reproducing pianos, pipe organs and violin players. The Museum’s theatre space hosts a variety of musical concerts, films and dances throughout the year, and the Band is privileged to have been asked to give a concert as part of the Museum’s summer programme.

From Kew we go on to Windsor to perform at the bandstand in Windsor Castle, which promises to be an exciting event only days after the Royal Wedding.  Our previous engagements at the Queen’s Jubilee Garden Party and the Sandringham Flower Show have been outstanding milestones in the Band’s history, and we are looking forward to another successful summer venture after last year’s participation in the Menin Gate ceremony at Ypres on the Centenary of the battle of Passchendaele in 1917.

Ian Colman MBE – Musical Director

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Drummers – the next generation(s)!

A rare photo opportunity was recently captured with 5 Taverham Band drummers gathered in the same place at the same time!

Seen here are “25 years of Taverham Band drummers”, with John Clarke (rear centre) mentoring Jake Lay (rear right) both of whom mentored Ewen Dalgliesh (rear left) who, in turn, is now mentoring Sam Clark (no relation!) and Ollie Anderson.

Ian’s Update March 2018

2018 marks a special celebration for two members of the Band.

Ian Colman began his interest in Brass Bands at School. In 1978 at the age of 11 he joined Taverham Band as a 3rd Cornet player, progressing to Principal Cornet in 1983.

In 1992, at the age of 27, he was appointed Musical Director of the Band and this year will be completing 40 years of service – one of the longest serving members of today’s line-up.

He was awarded the MBE for Services to the Community in the Queen’s 90th Birthday Honours list in 2016, attending Buckingham Palace in January 2017 to collect his award, although sadly the Band was not invited to play on that occasion!

Peter Almond, Solo Horn player, will be 90 years old this year and as a special birthday treat has been asked to select some of the music for the Band’s Spring concert at Taverham Village Hall.

Peter has had a long career in music which he commenced in his teens as relief trumpet player at the Norwich Hippodrome Theatre, before joining the RAF Band at Cranwell in 1946.  Thereafter he played professionally with many top musicians including the Joe Loss Orchestra and some of the top brass bands in Britain.  He worked at the Hippodrome in Norwich for 10 years until it closed in 1959.

This coincided with the opening of the Britannia Pier Theatre in Great Yarmouth, with a summer season lasting 20 weeks, 6 days a week. Peter joined an orchestra supporting such famous names as The Beverley Sisters, Mike & Bernie Winters, Morecambe & Wise, Bob Monkhouse, Des O’ Connor, Ken Dodd, Jimmy Tarbuck, and Bruce Forsyth.

He later played in pantomime and circus bands with many other celebrities.  After retiring as a professional player in 1984 he worked for several years as Brass teacher at the Town Close School in Norwich and joined the Taverham Band in 1974 where his knowledge and experience have been ‘instrumental’ in the development of the Band.

It is appropriate therefore that our Spring Concert should have a strong element of nostalgia as Ian and Peter have chosen a programme of their favourite music from the Band’s wide repertoire developed over many years. Look out for some golden oldies!

Taverham Band Spring Concerts

Fri/Sat 23rd/24th March– 7.30pm

Taverham Village Hall – Taverham

Tickets £8 (Child £4)

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Or from Drayton Post Office, The Kitchenary (Taverham Nursery) or Abbotts Estate Agents (Taverham)

Ian Colman MBE – Musical Director

01603 868680

Ian’s Update January 2018

As we write this article later November the Band has just commenced a hectic Christmas programme of events lasting 4 weeks to Christmas Eve with 7 concerts and 8 carol playing sessions!  January is our quietest month (phew!) which gives us a chance to look at the 2018 programme of concerts with our first being in March.  Tickets will be on sale during this month.

We are delighted to welcome Arnolds Keys as a new sponsor of the Band and look forward to a long association!

Trainee Drummer Vacancy!

We have a rare opportunity for a young budding drummer to come and join our training band.  If you know of a youngster who would like to learn more and play with the training band then please get in touch.  Ewen and Jake before have progressed to the main band to make up our 5-strong percussion team.  Please get in touch for more details.

Meanwhile Spring is around the corner!

Taverham Band Spring Concerts

Fri/Sat 23rd/24th March– 7.30pm

Taverham Village Hall – Taverham

Tickets £8 (Child £4)

Click Here to buy online

Or from Drayton Post Office, The Kitchenary (Taverham Nursery) or Abbotts Estate Agents (Taverham)

Ian Colman MBE – Musical Director

01603 868680

Ian’s Update December 2017

It’s the time of year for Father Christmas to take his uniform to the dry cleaners, the reindeer to the Vet for their annual injections, and to stock up on presents (and a few raffle prizes).

For the Band, as soon as the Village Hall stage been dismantled after two highly successful Autumn concerts out comes the Christmas repertoire, the Carol books are dusted down (and in some cases sellotaped together!) and preparations are underway for a hectic schedule of seasonal concerts. The solemnity of the Remembrance Day concert and Service precedes a hectic schedule involving (at the last count) some 13 engagements up to and including Christmas Eve.

Tickets are selling fast for our popular Taverham Village Hall Christmas concerts on 15th & 16th December, and our popular Candlelit Carol Concert at St. Edmund’s Church on Tuesday 19th December,  so be sure to book early to avoid disappointment.

Finally on behalf of Taverham Band may I thank everyone for their continued support and wish you a very Merry Christmas!

Taverham Band Christmas Concerts

Fri/Sat 15th/16th December  – 7.30pm

Taverham Village Hall – Taverham

Tickets £8 (Child £4)

 

Taverham Band Candlelit Carol Concert

Tuesday 19th December  – 7.30pm

St. Edmunds Church  – Taverham

Tickets £6 (Child £3)

From: click here to buy online

Or from Drayton Post Office, Sweetbucket (Taverham Nursery)

or Abbotts Estate Agents (Taverham)

Ian Colman MBE – Musical Director

01603 868680

Ian’s Update November 2017

Taverham Band November 2017

Well, where has the time gone? The one thing about playing in the band is that the concert schedule does come round quickly. Summer was a busy period but it’s now a distant memory as we march into winter. The Band is now completing it’s autumn concerts, and is now rehearsing for our Christmas shows, so it’s not just the shops who start early!

It doesn’t seem five minutes since the Christmas music folders came out last year! The percussion section has to find the sleigh bells again and Nick has to decide what costume he will wear at the Christmas shows. If you want to see Nick in action just check out this link :-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCs__RlReOk

Many thanks for attending the Autumn concerts – we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did – look forward to seeing you at the Christmas events……..

Please visit click here for a full listing of our future concerts.

We are seeking support for the main band and training band and if you or your business is interested in being a sponsor of Taverham Band then please get in touch! Individual sponsors are £250 and business sponsors £500 per annum and we acknowledge/advertise the support at all our concerts around Norfolk.

Taverham Band Armistice Concert

Sat 11th November – 7.30pm

St. Edmund’s Church – Taverham

Tickets £6 (Child £3) – Proceeds to Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal

Taverham Band Christmas Concerts

Fri/Sat 15th/16th December  – 7.30pm

Taverham Village Hall – Taverham

Tickets £8 (Child £4)

Taverham Band Candlelit Carol Concert

Tuesday 19th December  – 7.30pm

St. Edmunds Church  – Taverham

Tickets £6 (Child £3)

Tickets can be purchased online here :- click here for tickets

Or from Drayton Post Office, Sweetbucket (Taverham Nursery) or Abbotts Estate Agents (Taverham)

Ian Colman MBE – Musical Director

01603 868680