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Last night’s concert was a lot of fun.

Mike PawsonFirst of all we were pleased to welcome a guest player, Mike Pawson, who joined us on Soprano. Mike, who was on holiday in the area, plays with Avonbank (Evesham) Band. We are always more than pleased when visitors ask to sit in so if you’re coming to Lyme on holiday just pop along and see us on the Marine Parade any Tuesday evening throughout July and August – we start to gather from 7.00 pm onwards ready to play from 8.00 pm until 9.00 pm.

It was the turn of our solo cornet, Kathy Smith, to take centre stage last night and she gave a lovely rendition of The Way we Were.

During the evening we were somewhat puzzled when local horticulturalist, Nigel Ball, stepped up to the microphone between numbers with a strange package under his arm. Nigel is a keen supporter of theGourd band and comperes our annual Christmas Concert. He and his family attend most of our summer concerts on Marine Parade and Nigel is well known for demanding an encore at the end of our performances, bless him! It transpired that Nigel has been growing a crop of what we learnt were Tromboncino squashes and he had two prime specimens with him which he “lent” to our two trombone players, Adrian and Geoff. Whatever next? – you never know with Nigel….

Last night the view across the bay was breathtaking, with the sea calm and every shade of blue, a beautiful pinky mauve sky and to top it all the moon appearing as we packed up. It was a lovely evening all round: great setting, great audience and, we hope, great music.

Lifeboat Week starts on Saturday and we will be accompanying the hymns for the RNLI Songs of Praise, which commences at 3.00 pm on Sunday afternoon.

Lyme at its best

What a lovely evening we had on the seafront last night. The weather was a bit overcast but we had a great audience, who really enjoyed our varied programme of music. Our soloist this week was Paul, our Chairman, who played Danny Boy. Our percussion item was Rock Around the Clock and Ellis did a marvellous job persuading the children in the audience to join in. He’s now nicknamed the Child Catcher – but he’s not that scary! At the end of the piece, when he’s collecting in the instruments, parents are allowed their children back if they put money in the bucket! So far we’ve had no unclaimed children…During Rock Around the Clock a couple in the audience did an energetic jive which really took audience participation to another level.

Just to round off a very successful evening we were thrilled when ex-band member Peter unexpectedlyjosh (600x800) arrived with his wife, Margaret. Peter sat in with us and was a most welcome addition to the cornet line. It’s always lovely to see old friends – another ex-player, Andy, was also in the audience.

Finally we have a new collector, local school boy Josh, who last night joined Robert, Peter and Ralph. We are very grateful to all our collectors and it’s great to have Josh, accompanied by his Mum, Annette, on our team.

We’re now looking forward to our next Tuesday evening concert on Marine Parade. Most of the schools will have broken up by then, and the summer season will be in full swing, so we expect to see more old friends. Why not come and join us?

Introducing our new baritone

debbie (600x800)Here it is – our lovely new baritone, seen here with its lovely new owner, Debbie. The new instrument is being put to very good use during our open air concerts on Marine Parade which are now coming thick and fast. Next one is due next Tuesday evening, 17th July at 8.00 pm.

Any players who are in Lyme Regis on holiday are most welcome to come along and sit in with us. We would be very pleased to see you.

“Into The Future”

We played a brand new piece, “Into the Future”, at our open air concert on Marine Parade in Lyme Regis on Sunday afternoon, 8th July.  The piece went well and was positively received by our audience. “Into the Future”, composed by Max Stannard,  was selected as the anthem for the 2018 Brassfest initiative, after being chosen by a panel comprising Philip Harper, Gavin Somerset and Christopher Bond.

Brassfest last year saw over 100 bands take part in successful BrassFestUK events. This year numbers were expected to be even better for events that took take place over the weekend of Friday 6th — Sunday 8th July. Up to 135 bands and events were held and most of these bands performed “Into the Future” as part of their programme.

Lyme Regis Town Band was pleased to make our contribution to this celebration.

Back on Marine Parade

!cid_ii_jj7eigst0_164665b61a3c8c6a (600x800)This is what the Marine Parade!cid_ii_jj7ejcbj1_164665bfe95d2fc1 (600x800) in Lyme Regis looks like when your first open air band concert of the summer season clashes with an England World Cup match!

However, we did manage to attract a very appreciative audience and we thought the evening went very well indeed. It was most encouraging for the weeks ahead…

The most popular item was the piece we play when the audience are asked to join in on percussion. We have a suitcase full of suitable instruments and Ellis went above and beyond, “encouraging” people to join in. He entertained the audience and the band, who had a job concentrating on the music we were playing, as he dashed back and forth persuading people to take part.

!cid_ii_jj7ek9yw2_164665cabd286de1 (600x800)Little Jennifer in the photo was also press ganged into helping out – as she is the granddaughter of our baritone player, Jane, she had natural rhythm! LRTB is always keen to encourage young players.

As ever we remain grateful to our collectors who this week were Ralph, Robert and Peter.

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Our last pre-season rehearsal

Last night was our last rehearsal before we head to the seafront on Tuesday evenings for our Open Air Concerts throughout July and August.

It was also the last practice for our trainees who will now have the summer off to run free and enjoy themselves – and hopefully pick up their instruments from time to time. Who knows? – next summer they might be ready to join us on the seafront.trainees (664x674)

You can see a short video of the trainees rehearsing at



There was extra excitement last night as it was Jonathan’s birthday – thanks to Mum and Dad for providing the band with yummy cup cakes which were greatly appreciated.

Two new pieces…two new members

It’s only three more rehearsals until our first open air concert on Marine Parade on Tuesday, 5th July. We are working on three programmes of music so that there will be a bit of variety for our regulars who turn up every week – bless them!

Last night we were working on Into the Future, the piece of music selected for Brassfest. Brassfest is a national event to promote brass bands and bands all over the country will be performing this piece over the weekend of 7th and 8th July. We will play it during our Sunday afternoon concert on Marine Parade on 8th July.

We also had a look at a new special arrangement of the hymn tune Manchester which is “dedicated to the victims of the Manchester Arena attack on 22nd May 2017 and to the people of Manchester for their spirit and courage”. We will be adding this lovely piece to our summer programme.

We’ve also had a real boost as Ellis, who joined us last week on cornet, brought a friend, Steve, with him last night and both will be joining us for our concerts this summer. We can’t believe our luck – two new cornet players – they are like gold dust in these parts!

The Civic Service 2018

This morning we played at St Michael’s Church in Lyme Regis for the Mayor’s Civic Service. Councillor Michaela Ellis, who has just started her second term of office as Mayor, chose the hymns which were I Vow to Thee, my Country, Lord of all Hopefulness, Praise my Soul, the King of Heaven and Cwm Rhondda. As the Mayoral party and the congregation left the church we played The Young Verdi.

We always enjoy playing at the church and we look forward to doing so again in November when we will be taking part in the annual Service of Remembrance.

Our next outing, however, is only weeks away – when we begin our season of Open Air Concerts on the Marine Parade in Lyme Regis which commence on Tuesday, 3rd July at 8.00 pm. Throughout July and August we perform on Marine Parade no fewer than thirteen times – who said “…Unlucky for some”?!

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Phew! What a scorcher!

Lyme Regis is packed for the Fossil Festival but it was also the Blessing the Boats Ceremony at the Lifeboat Station this afternoon. We were pleased to take part in this annual event which was attended by representatives of many local organisations such as the Coastguard, Royal British Legion, Gig Club, Sailing Club and other harbour users.lifeboat2018 (800x600)

The band played “March of the Cobblers” prior to the service and also accompanying the hymns and the National Anthem. As the floral wreaths left the harbour mouth on board the lifeboat we played “Amazing Grace”. After the service, as the large crowd started to disperse, we chose “Sussex by the Sea” to bring the afternoon to a close.

It’s good to have completed our first engagement at the start of a busy year and we now look forward to our next appearance when we will play the hymns at the Civic Service for the Mayor, Councillor Michaela Ellis, at St Michael’s Parish Church in Lyme Regis on Sunday, 3rd June.