Ian’s Update October 2021

August saw the Band continue with some well received outdoor performance enjoying the British summer!   We played at Sparham and Weston fetes and also at Kelling Heath holiday park where we returned in September.

Arrangements are underway for our October concerts at the village hall.  There will a reduced audience size of 2/3rds normal capacity so make sure you get your tickets now!  Please note that there are no tickets at local outlets and all bookings must be made as detailed below:

Taverham Band

Comeback Tour! – 2 nights only!

Friday 15th & Saturday 16th October 2021

Taverham Village Hall – 7.30pm – (Doors Open 7pm)

Adults: £8 – Children under 16: £1

Ticket Information :

Online Tickets – click the button below

Telephone sales via TicketSource on 0333 666 3366 (local rate call, card payments only, booking fees apply)

SAE with Cheque payable to Taverham Band to Unit 4 Beech Avenue, Taverham, Norwich, NR8 6HW

Ticket exchanges from Spring 2020 – Click here for details of how to exchange

Hope to see you all soon!

Ian Colman MBE – Musical Director

Ian’s Update September 2021

July saw the band make its first performance since December 2019 at Tesco in Drayton.  It was a great experience to be out playing again and bit by bit getting back towards normal.  Having been a ‘key worker’ at Tesco since March 2020 and recently finished it was good to see supporters and customers alike.  We would like to welcome Rebecca, John and Emily as new members to the band and more to follow!

We are planning a return for October with concerts on 15th and 16th October at the Taverham Village Hall.   We have updated our ticketing process and reduced the numbers in the hall so get your tickets now.   Read on for more details!

Taverham Band

Comeback Tour! – 2 nights only!

Friday 15th & Saturday 16th October 2021

Taverham Village Hall – 7.30pm – (Doors Open 7pm)

Adults: £8 – Children under 16: £1

Click Here for Ticket information (online, telephone and postal sales are available)

Ticket exchanges from Spring 2020 – Click Here for details of how to exchange any tickets still held for this COVID-19 cancelled engagement

Hope to see you all soon!

Ian Colman MBE  Musical Director – Taverham Band

Ian’s Update August 2021

Taverham Band – Newsletter August 2021

Well as I write this in early July it is pleasing to report that the band have recommenced rehearsals for the past month and everyone getting their lips back in order and back to playing!  The other good news is that our youngsters have returned after a 15 month absence from the training band and with the exception of 1, all are back!

We have to have bell covers (glorified tights stretched over the instrument bell!) but hopefully these can be made obsolete soon – its difficult/nigh impossible to use a mute when these covers are used!

Over the end of July and August/September we have a few outdoor events booked in and it will be good to get back to a concert performance – our last being Christmas 2019!

If things all progress  as we hope that we hope to be able to return to the Taverham Village Hall in October (15th & 16th) for our Autumn concerts – details in next months edition…

Hope to see you all soon!

Ian Colman MBE – Musical Director

First post-lockdown concert Saturday 24th July 2021 (images and video)

Since COVID-19 restrictions began easing, the Band has been able to undertake some guidelines-compliant rehearsals again. These have been so successful that we arranged an impromptu “pop-up” outdoor performance at the Tesco Superstore, Drayton from 1pm to 3pm It was great to be playing to an audience again!!

(with apologies for the portrait video clips – these were originally on Facebook live which insists on that format!)

Click here to view the media gallery

Ticket exchanges – Spring 2020 for Autumn 2021 Concerts

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Tickets for our Autumn Concerts on Friday 15th and Saturday 16th October 2021 will be on public sale shortly.

In the meantime, any holders of tickets for our cancelled Spring 2020 concerts are invited to send them to us for exchange tickets for the October dates at no extra cost.

We have updated our ticketing arrangements and all tickets will now be provided via a new provider, Ticketsource. Replacement eTickets will be sent if you have an email address and access to a printer. If not, please indicate this on the form and enclose a stamped, addressed envelope and we’ll print replacement tickets for you.

A form is attached below for ticket exchange – please click the link to open, then print and send to us with your Spring 2020 tickets for exchange. If you don’t have access to a printer, please copy the information requested down by hand.

As ticket numbers are limited (we are going to operate with reduced audience sizes in October) time is limited – once October tickets are all sold we regret that exchanges will no longer be possible.

If you have tickets to exchange and can’t make the October dates, we’ll make the same offer for a final time for our Christmas concert dates – this will happen nearer the time and before tickets go on general sale.

Community at Heart Lottery

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Taverham Band is delighted to have been approved by Broadland Council as a good cause for the newly-launched Community at Heart Lottery. As we have now wound up our old 100 club, this is an ideal replacement opportunity for our supporters.

You will have a 1 in 50 chance of winning a prize of up to £25,000 for a £1 weekly stake, whilst helping the Band out – especially during these difficult times when performance income is zero and outgoings such as insurance continue to be payable. 50p from every £1 ticket sold is paid directly to the Band.

The Community at Heart Lottery is managed and administered by Broadland District Council.

For full details, and to buy tickets, please visit our lottery page at:

https://www.communityatheartlottery.com/support/taverham-band

The first draw is 27th February 2021 but tickets are on sale now – good luck to all of our supporters!

Ian’s Update December 2020

My Well early October saw the Band hold its first rehearsal since mid-March with a ‘socially distanced’ group meeting at the village hall.

With 2m spacing between players, temperature checks and health declarations, bell covers on instruments we were all apprehensive as to what the first piece would sound like – it was Kool & The Gang’s ‘Celebration’ and to be honest didn’t sound too band!   After about an hour players were starting to tire out. Lip muscles need exercise and 7 months away was taking its toll.  Sadly, there is not a vast range of lip muscles exercises other than playing!

As we reach the end of October sadly concert performances seem a way off but we will keep positive. Hopefully in December we can have a few carol playing sessions at the Tesco store in Drayton which we are all keen on doing if we can and also raise a few pounds to help with our bills we have had this year with no income.

On a personal note, following a short illness my dad Brian sadly passed away in October. Many of you will know my mum and dad from the concerts and as residents of Drayton for nearly 60 years and on behalf of the family can I thank all those who have sent their best wishes.

With this being the December issue of the newsletter can I wish you the Merriest Christmas you can and hope for a much better 2021.

Hope to see you all soon!

Ian Colman MBE  Musical Director – Taverham Band

Webmaster’s update – since this article was written (in late October, to meet local magazine print publication guidelines) we have, of course, been in Lockdown 2.0 since 5th November and until 2nd December which meant, of course, that rehearsals were suspended again. As Norfolk exits lockdown inTier 2, rehearsals and performances are, once again, possible under strict guidelines. There isn’t time to rehearse, plan or book any full performances before Christmas, but look out for groups of 6 of us playing carols outside Tesco Drayton from 11am to 3pm on Sunday 20th December!

Update 18th December – apologies but, owing to unforeseen circumstances, the carol sessions at Tesco, Drayton on Sunday 20th December will no longer take place…

For any more recent (breaking!) news please check our Facebook and Twitter feeds and our website.

Ian’s Update November 2020

Hello everybody! This article was written at the end of September (in line with publication dates for local print magazines) so everything is based on what we knew at that time.

With the guidance for performing arts as it stands, the band committee is reviewing whether it is possible to meet the requirements to enable some rehearsals to take place.  With 2m spacing and no more than 6 in an individual group not mingling with another group….(the cornets and trombones never talked together anyway!), bell covers on instruments and so on there are hurdles to overcome but hopefully……

Turning to concerts, particularly Christmas – it is hard at the moment to know what we will be able to do in December – suffice to say the usual concert formats we are used to will definitely not take place.  Hopefully it may be feasible to offer something but who knows?  We will update in the next (December) issue once we know more at the end of October.

Hopefully as things progress in a positive direction, we can get the great support of all of us locally to get things back on track soon.

For any more recent (breaking!) news please check our Facebook and Twitter feeds and our website.

Hope to see you all soon!


Ian Colman MBE – Musical Director – Taverham Band

First COVID-19 guidelines-compliant rehearsal held 13/10/2020!

And….we’re back! Last night was our first DCMS guidelines-compliant, socially-distanced, mask-wearing (except when playing), sanitised, bell-covered, non-mingling rehearsal since lockdown started – and the band was sounding great….

Not only that, the piece featured in this video was entirely new to the band – the first time they had seen it so it was sight read!

Rehearsals are being held subject to the UK Government/English laws and guidance applicable each time and are subject to ongoing review on a weekly basis.

Thanks must go to Brass Bands England (https://www.bbe.org.uk/what-we-do/covid-19-advice-guidance-and-resources) for the fantastic set of resources which specifically tailor and translate the guidance/laws for Brass Bands.

Until such time as guidelines/laws regarding performances change, all bookings and concerts are currently cancelled but the intention is that the Band is “match fit” for performances as soon as this happens 🙂