Ian’s Update November 2018

Well it’s fast approaching our busy festive season but let’s first take a moment to reflect on our recent outings!

Firstly, can we thank those of you who attended our October concerts. I hope you enjoyed the shows, your support for which is very much appreciated. We included many war time, RAF related, tunes as well as some West End classics! It really was a magnificent show and your response made the production effort so worthwhile.

The logistics of putting on the Taverham shows are many and varied and there is so much work that goes on behind the scenes to make the shows happen. The hall is booked many months in advance and the band and junior band is then rehearsed for several weeks before the show. During this time the shows are promoted and ticket sales systems are put in place. On the Thursday before the show, an army of volunteers build the stage as, of course, it is not a permanent fixture – if only it were! It takes about 2 hours to build the stage before the extensive percussion section can be placed in position. The lights and PA are then set up and checked before we can finally head off home.

On the evening of the show the catering team arrive to prepare the interval refreshments – they also provide a buffet for the band and crew after Saturdays show! After Saturdays show the audience leaves and the task of dismantling the stage begins! Its hard work but your enthusiastic response makes it so worthwhile.

Our Christmas Concert tickets are now on sale:

Taverham Band Christmas Show!!

Taverham Village Hall

Fri/Sat 14th/15th December – Doors Open 7pm

Tickets £8   Child £4

Fun and festive music for all the family!

Candlelit Carol Concert

St Edmunds Church – Taverham

Tuesday 18th December – Doors open 7pm

Tickets £6  Child £3

All your favourite carols and Christmas music in the lovely candlelit church.


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

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

Ian Colman MBE  – Taverham Band

Ian’s Update October 2018

As we arrive in October it is a chance for the band to reflect on a very busy summer.  After the highlight of playing at Windsor Castle, we went on to play to several thousand Scouts and Guides at the famous Norjam event at the showground. This was a marvellous evening with band thumping out tunes to send the young crowd into a frenzy. A party atmosphere ensued to tunes such as “Amarillo” and “500 miles”. What a night everyone had!

The day before we had the honour of playing at Cromer Carnival. A large audience heard the band in the amazing acoustics of Cromer church. It is never easy taking a thirty-piece band on the road midweek. Here is a flavour of what is involved

The percussion section arrived early and most had to sneak away from work early to achieve it. Before the set up, we headed for the sea front to enjoy a fish and chip supper. Then it was time to set up Taverham Band’s large percussion section. There is an array of Timpanis, xylophones, glocks and a full drum kit to get into the church. This set up is the envy of many other Brass Bands.

The rest of the band then arrives to set up the stands and, normally, the music stand lights (on this occasion the lights did not make it for reasons unknown!). Hence the concert commenced with the band studying the music “extra hard” under the lights of the church! This concentration only seemed to enhance the concert as the band ripped through an amazing selection of tunes.

This included Mission Impossible, Bewitched, Out of the Blue (Radio’s football results tune!), Star Wars, Mama Mia and the rousing 633 Squadron. The finale was the very fast version of Lord of the Dance which sent the carnival crowd home happy. After the show it is the big clear up, before the band headed home for a well-deserved sleep.  If you have not heard the band before, we would love to see you – check out our next gigs by clicking here.

A selection of photographs and videos from our 2018 engagements to date can be found by clicking here.

Taverham Band In Concert

Friday 19th & Saturday 20th October 2018

Taverham Village Hall 7.30pm (Doors Open 7pm)

Tickets £8 (Child £4) from Drayton Post Office, The Kitchenary (Taverham Nursery), Abbotts Estate Agents – Taverham , Pymm & Co Estate Agents – Thorpe Marriott, Online – please click here or by calling 01603 868680

Programme includes tribute to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 70th Birthday with some of his greatest music and also we mark 100 Years of the Royal Air Force

Ian Colman MBE – Musical Director


Ian’s Update September 2018

A selection of photographs and videos from our 2018 engagements to date can be found by clicking here – a full article will be published in October.

Taverham Band In Concert

Friday 19th & Saturday 20th October 2018

Taverham Village Hall 7.30pm (Doors Open 7pm)

Tickets £8 (Child £4) from Drayton Post Office, The Kitchenary (Taverham Nursery), Abbotts Estate Agents – Taverham , Pymm & Co Estate Agents – Thorpe Marriott, Online – please click here or by calling 01603 868680

Programme includes tribute to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 70th Birthday with some of his greatest music and also we mark 100 Years of the Royal Air Force

Ian Colman MBE – Musical Director

Ian’s Update August 2018

Perfect summer sunshine, a large and appreciative crowd of visitors from all corners of the globe, and a bandstand with the backdrop of the historic buildings  provided the perfect setting for the Band’s concert at Windsor Castle at the end of June. The fantastic atmosphere which had been created by the Royal Wedding only days earlier was still evident in the town, and when we arrived we saw the Royal Standard flying from the private apartments to indicate that the Queen was in residence.

It would not of course have been the first occasion on which Her Majesty had heard the band play, since we were privileged to perform at Sandringham on the occasion of her Diamond Jubilee Garden Party.

Prior to our two hour-long performances there was the opportunity to visit the magnificent State Apartments and experience the amazing collection of paintings, furniture and porcelain alongside historic armaments and memorabilia.  The view from the Castle over to the Chapel and playing fields of Eton College was stunning. All in all it was truly a day to remember, and experience at first hand the images which had been broadcast across the world at the wedding.

The evening before the band gave a concert at the Musical Museum, home to a wide variety of rare mechanical musical instruments including (albeit out of sight beneath the stage) a Wurlitzer organ. The acoustic was first class, the stage spacious, and the hosts generous in inviting the band back again next year.

In short, a weekend full of a sense of occasion coupled with the usual Band fellowship. Certainly one which will be remembered and talked about for some time to come.

Ian Colman MBE

Musical Director

Ian’s Update July 2018

By Royal Appointment

With the summer in full swing, it has certainly has been a busy time for the Band. We recently returned from a mini tour which saw us play some memorable concerts, including Windsor Castle!

So, how do you take a forty-piece Band, and its back-up team, on tour? Once we had been invited to play at Windsor the behind-the-scenes-planning started.

Accommodation was the first hurdle. We needed a hotel with enough rooms for the band, including storage for the instruments. Rooms had to be quickly secured, and “rooming” arrangements agreed – a task in itself!

The tour bus took the band and all its instruments to the hotel on the Friday evening, with the concerts taking place on the Saturday and Sunday. All the instruments were then taken off the bus and into a secure area within the hotel. Once done it was time to check into the rooms and then meet in the Bar!

We were up early for breakfast, after which we loaded the bus to ensure we were ready for the evening concert taking place at the Kew Musical Museum. During the day we had some free time to visit the amazing Kew Gardens and the museum itself..

After the show it was back to the hotel for a nightcap! (after unloading the bus!)

The next day the bus was again loaded ready for the afternoon concerts at Windsor Castle.

We cant really emphasise what a huge honour it was to be asked to play in the Bandstand within the grounds of the castle. The crowds loved the performances and it was an emotional experience for everyone. After the shows it was time to head home to Norwich for a well-earned rest!


Catch our remaining summer shows as listed here.

We look forward to seeing you – and a special thanks to those who travelled to Windsor to watch the shows.

Ian Colman MBE – Musical Director

01603 868680

Ian’s Update June 2018

With preparations  well under way for the main events of the band’s Summer engagements,  a strong contigent visited St Andrew’s Hall to hear the nationally-acclaimed Cory Band in concert and admire the outstanding virtuosity of these top professionals.

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 their 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 this should be equally memorable.

In 2017 the Band was privileged to participate in the Menin Gate ceremony at Ypres on the Centenary of the battle of Passchendaele; and in May 2019 we shall once again be venturing overseas, having been invited by Fred Olsen Cruises to accompany their cruise to the Norwegian Fjords and provide musical entertainment for the passengers. An exciting opportunity indeed which promises to be yet another very special and prestigious undertaking.

Ian Colman MBE  – Musical Director

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