Battle of Britain Wings Concert – Thetford – 28th September

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Ian’s Update August 2019

After the novelty and excitement of the Band’s overseas adventures cruising in the Norwegian Fjords at the end of May it was time to come back down to earth (literally!) during June and July, and undertake a series of traditional local concerts. The sight and sounds of a brass band performing in the park or on the promenade at the seaside is quintessentially English, even if, on occasions, the sun has gone on strike and the umbrellas have to be unfurled.

We were delighted to attract enthusiastic audiences of locals and holiday makers at Kelling Heath, Waterloo Park in Norwich, and Girl guides at Hautbois, rounding off July with a memorable concert in the lovely setting of Salle Church.  A return visit to Kelling is in the diary for this month, together with a visit to the bandstand at Eaton Park in Norwich which is always popular and well attended, before we start turning our attention to our busy schedule of autumn concerts.

It’s not too early to start booking for our “home” Taverham concerts on18th/19th October!  Full details in next month’s edition.

Ian Colman MBE, Musical Director

 

Ian’s Update July 2019

Well, what a time we have had since I last reported! We had an amazing experience touring the Norwegian Fjords aboard the magnificent “Balmoral”, Fred Olsen, cruise liner. Sadly, there is not enough space to tell you everything about the tour but we hope this summary gives you a flavour!

We set out very early on the IC Travel tour coach heading for the port of Tyne – an early hitch involved one of our Trombone players realising his band uniform was still in the back of his car which was now heading back to his home! After few, unsuccessful calls, contact was finally made, and he was soon reunited.

On arrival at port we set about loading the instruments, drum kit and percussion onto the luxury liner – a task in itself! We were soon allocated to our cabins and then set sail for a full day at sea. We were able to view the magnificent Lysefjord before dinner, followed by an evening of relaxation!

Our port days included the incredible views at Bergen and the spectacular and dramatic scenery at Eidfjord.

The highlights of the trip had to be the two concerts performed by the band in the ships packed out theatre! The shows had the passengers on their feet in appreciation, demanding “more”! Our featured soloists Richard, Becs and Becky were outstanding and the reception they were given was incredible. When Becky hit the last note of “Think of Me” the audience were clearly astounded!

This really was an incredible experience for the band and it will stay in our memories for a very long time.

A full gallery pf photographs and recordings of our two on-board performances can be found here :

https://taverhamband.org/2018-2019/

We would like to thank Fred Olsen Cruises for the outstanding hospitality and service. Thanks, also to our loyal support crew who helped everything run so smoothly. Full details of the cruise itself can be found here;

https://www.fredolsencruises.com/cruise/the-norwegian-fjords-in-five-nights-l1921

Ian Colman MBE

Musical Director

Ian’s Update May 2019

Well, first may I thank all of you who attended the “Brass Rocks” concerts at the village hall – I am pleased to report that the roof survived our nights of rocking the hall! The concert gave us a chance to play some arrangements of tunes not normally associated with brass bands – judging by your reaction it seems you enjoyed them!

At the end of this month it will be another first for the band when we embark on the Fred Olsen cruise liner “Balmoral” for a tour of the Norwegian Fjords. We are scheduled to play a series of concerts on board and the excitement is already growing!   Look out for pictures in the next newsletter! So until next time…..”Port out…Starboard home”…….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We look forward to seeing you soon. Check out our engagements list for up and coming shows!

Ian Colman MBE

Musical Director, Taverham Band

New CD Release!

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“Destination Brass”

This geographical “tour de force” from Taverham Band will take you from New York’s 42nd Street to the sultry slopes of Aranjuez in central Spain by way of Georgia and the Dixieland in American Trilogy.

Take a Tijuana Taxi to spend Midnight in Moscow and sail Out of Africa to the Conquest of Paradise.

Much closer to home, here in England, the Band is pleased to include its recording of the arrangement of the Hymn tune “Manchester” – the original of which was specifically released to raise funds for the victims of the Manchester Arena terrorist attack in May 2017.

Please click here for track listing and to buy online. Also available from our shop at most concert appearances!

Ian’s Update April 2019

There are still a few tickets left for our Spring Concerts and we very much look forward to seeing you;

Taverham Village Hall – 7.30pm

Fri/Sat 5th/6th April – Doors Open 7pm

Tickets £8   Child (under 16 £1)

Music from 50’s, 60’s and 70’s greatest artists including Buddy, Elvis, Beatles, Queen and more!

Tickets available online here or 01603 868680, Drayton Post Office, The Kitchenary (Taverham Nursery), Abbotts Estate Agents – Victoria Road Taverham and Pymm & Co Estate Agents – Thorpe Marriott.

Please bring all the family and experience live music  locally!!   We now have Under 16’s priced at just £1 so a great opportunity!!

We look forward to seeing you soon. Check out our engagements list for up and coming shows!

Ian Colman MBE

Musical Director, Taverham Band

Ian’s Update March 2019

After our “recovering from Christmas” months, rehearsals are now well under way for our “Brass Rocks” concerts (details below). We are ready to “raise the roof” of the village hall and we know you will enjoy the classic rock/pop tunes, superbly arranged for brass.

The new CD is in the final stages of production and will be available very soon – In January we had a long day in the studio, recording some twenty-four tracks. Recording is a totally different experience to playing concerts and for many of our younger players it was their first time in the studio.The senior soloists did amazingly well, often laying down the track in one take! – the effort and energy at the recording session was excellent and we can’t wait to hear the final mix – we will let you know when it is available!

 

There are still a few tickets left for our Spring Concerts and we very much look forward to seeing you;

Taverham Village Hall – 7.30pm

Fri/Sat 5th/6th April – Doors Open 7pm

Tickets £8   Child (under 16 £1)

Music from 50’s, 60’s and 70’s greatest artists including Buddy, Elvis, Beatles, Queen and more!

Tickets available online here or 01603 868680, Drayton Post Office, The Kitchenary (Taverham Nursery), Abbotts Estate Agents – Victoria Road Taverham and Pymm & Co Estate Agents – Thorpe Marriott.

Please bring all the family and experience live music  locally!!   We now have Under 16’s priced at just £1 so a great opportunity!!

We look forward to seeing you soon. Check out our engagements list for up and coming shows!

Ian Colman MBE

Musical Director, Taverham Band

 

Tenor Horn and Eb or Bb Bass player vacancies

Taverham Band is non-contesting, and is one of the leading concert brass bands in East Anglia with a weekly rehearsal on a Tuesday night from 7.30pm – 9.30pm. (Training Band from 6.30pm – 7.15pm)

Under the direction of Ian Colman MBE who has been Musical Director for 25 years, Taverham Band specialises in concert work and undertaking a number of exciting and varied  engagements during the year. In recent years we have performed for HM Queen Diamond Jubilee Garden Party, Sandringham Flower Show, Menin Gate (Ypres, Belgium) and in 2018 at Windsor Castle.

The band has a policy of focusing on entertainment for the general public whilst at the same time giving experience and encouragement to all its members, from ex-professional musicians to youngsters working hard to develop their skills.  The band has 40 members and rehearsal numbers average 26 players.  Quality instrument available.

Tenor Horn vacancy

Taverham Band is looking to welcome an additional tenor horn player.

 

Eb or Bb bass vacancy

Taverham Band is looking to welcome an additional Eb or Bb bass player.

If you want to be part of a friendly, sociable and progressive Band then please get in touch.

Ian Colman MBE – Musical Director