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At this time of year, like all bands, we are keeping busy trying out new pieces of music for our summer season…We’ve now more or less finalised our engagement list for the forthcoming year and it looks like we’ve got a busy time ahead…In addition to our usual engagements we are thinking about taking part in Brassfest in July but we’re waiting to see the piece of music selected…There is also a chance that we may be involved in Lyme’s spectacular Candles on the Cobb which this year is being organised by Lyme Regis Rotary Club. This is a major event, taking place on Sunday, 26th August, and which attracts huge crowds. It’s still in the planning stage but hopefully we will be taking part in some way…Finally, we were thrilled this week when another potential learner visited us at our Tuesday rehearsal. The young man plays the trombone and is thinking about joining our little group of trainees which would be great as we would then have five youngsters under tuition…All we need now are a few more adult players…

New Year news

Great news! At our first practice last week we welcomed two new young trainees who have now joined James and Josh. David Tozer, our trainees’ tutor, assisted by our solo cornet, Kathy, will do all he can to encourage the trainees and support them in their learning. We have high hopes for them all and look forward to seeing them progress to the main band in due course.

Congratulations, incidentally, to David himself, who became engaged to his partner Rachel just before Christmas. David is a popular member of the band and a talented cornet player.

On a sadder note we recently said goodbye to one of our cornet players, Harry, who has now left us due to pressure of school work and exams. Harry and his older sister, Nicola, joined us several years ago as youngsters. Nicola is now at university and it won’t be long before Harry is on his way too. They were both valued members of the band and we wish them well with their studies.

AGM time

awards agm 2017 (800x581)The band AGM was held on Thursday chaired by our President Owen Lovell. As part of the meeting Robert Crabbe was awarded the Bandmaster’s Award for the player who has made the most progress and Kathy Smith received the Musical Director’s Award for the person who has ‘gone the extra mile’.

 

Our last appearance 2017

Yet more carols on our home turf – Broad Street, Lyme Regis on Christmas Eve. Not forgetting thanks to our collectors!

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Jingle Bell Rocks some more!

2017 concert SB2 (800x640)These photos from our recent Christmas concert (see below)2017 concert SB1 (800x529) come courtesy of Stuart Broom, View News.

Jingle Bell Rock!

2017 concert 4 (800x598)Yesterday afternoon we held our Christmas Concert Jingle Bell Rock! at the Woodmead Halls in Lyme Regis and we were delighted to welcome over one hundred people who enjoyed a varied programme of seasonal music.2017 concert 3 (800x598)

Our concert was compered by popular local resident Nigel Ball and featured solos by our solo cornet Kathy Smith (far left)who played A Winter’s Tale 2017 concert 2 (800x598)and solo cornet David Tozer (above) who performed Santa Baby.

It was the first time on stage for our two young trainees James and Josh, who played a medley of Christmas numbers led by their tutor, David, and accompanied by several members of the band. The boys were rewarded for their commitment and hard work throughout the year when they were presented with The Chairman’s Award by our Chairman, Paul Snowball.

Youth was very much to the fore during the afternoon as our guest artists were 2017 concert 1 (800x598)Klara and Josie Smith, Cody Wootton and Sophie Rattenbury (left), who performed two lively dance routines following which Josie played two piano solos.

During the concert the Gordon Broom Memorial Award, presented to the player deemed by fellow band members to have made an outstanding contribution to the band, was presented to Kathy Smith by Mr Stuart Broom.

The afternoon concluded with carol singing. A good time was had by all and everyone went home happy and full of Christmas cheer!

Some nice remarks received…

“Just a quick message to say a huge ‘thank you’ for the Band’s major contribution once more to our Concert last night.  Please pass on our sincere thanks and congratulations to Brian and all the players.  …… next year’s date has already been booked …… when we look forward to welcoming you again.” [All Saints concert organisers]

“Please thank the band for their great playing and support on Sunday………. we value your support very much.” [The Vicar following our Remembrance Sunday contribution]

Eric Hodder

We received some sad news recently – the death of former band member Eric Hodder. Eric and his wife Sue were founder members of the band and were very regular players for many years. Some years ago Eric was made a life member. We all send our sincere condolences to Sue and the family.

 

Axminster’s Christmas evening

Axminster 2017 (220x172)Once again we enjoyed playing a selection of carols in Trinity Square to welcome in the season and to greet the arrival of Father Christmas.

Seaton’s turn today

Another day, another engagement – this time in Seaton where we played outside Tesco this afternoon. Thank you, Tesco, for having us and making us so welcome.

We were pleased to be joined by ex-player and conductor, Roger, who lives in Seaton and also by one our Trustees, Derek, and his partner, Suzanne, who came along as our collectors.

Big surprise – Rory, another ex-player was home from uni and was in Tesco with his family. We grabbed him with both hands, found him a cornet and he joined in. We’re thrilled as he’s also going to join us on stage for our Christmas Concert tomorrow afternoon. It’s lovely when ex-players keep in touch and come back to us when they can. We’re looking forward to seeing another, Peter Hurdwell, on Saturday evening when he and his wife Margaret are in Lyme Regis and will be joining us for Carols around the Tree in Broad Street in Lyme Regis, organised by the Rotary Club.

tesco 2017 2 (200x200)Before we played this afternoon we popped into Pebbles Restaurant intesco 2017 1 (200x200) Seaton (well worth a visit!) to fortify ourselves with delicious bacon sarnies and hot drinks. Eating and drinking again! Come and join Lyme Regis Town Band – you will have lots of fun but you might put on a bit of weight!