The oldest brass band in the Milton Keynes area
CHRISTMAS EVE ROUND THE TREE
24 December 2011. The band made its traditional appearance playing round the Christmas tree in The Square in Wolverton on Christmas Eve. Many thanks to those who provided an enjoyable end to the year and some festive cheer to shoppers out and about on the last day before Christmas.
As the year draws to a close, we must say a huge thank-you to both everyone in the band and all our supporters for another year's brass banding and for a very busy festive period.
Here's to a merry Christmas and we send our best wishes for a happy, prosperous and healthy New Year.
Looking ahead to 2012, the band's first practice of the new year will be on Thursday 5th January.
PLAYING AND COLLECTING AROUND WOLVERTON
22 December 2011. Rain stopped play halfway through our first of four evenings of playing and collecting round the streets of Wolverton (12 Dec). Thanks to everyone who turned out on such a wet and windy evening. Just over £80 was raised for the band's funds.
The rain held off for our second fundraising evening (15 Dec) and we raised £187. Huge thanks to everyone who turned out. The rain started just as we finished at 9pm.
After lots of rain during the day, the weather was very kind to us on our third session out and about Wolverton (19 Dec). £196 was raised this time, which was an excellent result. Many thanks to everyone who stomped the streets.
Our final evening (22 Dec) was also a fantastic success, raising £193. Thanks to Hilary for the drinks and cakes afterwards!
Many thanks to everyone who took part over the four evenings. We enjoyed providing some festive joy over the Christmas period and we must say a huge thank-you to the very generous people of Wolverton.
WOLVERTON LANTERN FESTIVAL
Click here to edit text 11 December 2011. The band took part in the 23rd Wolverton Lantern Festival last night. The festival is one of the town's major events and brings together community groups, businesses, schools, volunteers and residents in a parade of wonderful creations of light. Many thanks to everyone who took part - another boost to the band's funds.
STACEY BUSHES CHRISTMAS EVENT
7 December 2011. Thanks to everyone who played at this evening's Christmas event at The Meeting Place in Stacey Bushes. It was a chilly evening but at least it didn't involve too much time in the cold!
WEEKEND OF FESTIVE FUNDRAISING
4 December 2011. Congratulations and thanks to everyone who played and collected outside Tesco this weekend. More than £890 was raised over the four two-hour sessions, which was an excellent result for the band's funds. Many thanks to Tesco and the generous weekend shoppers.
ON THE HUNT FOR A NEW MUSICAL DIRECTOR
16 November 2011. Unfortunately, our Musical Director, Bob Paton, has stepped down. Bob was good enough to volunteer for the role earlier this year but, as he lives in Haverhill in Suffolk, he found the commuting to and from his home to Wolverton too much of a commitment.
So, we'd be pleased to hear from anyone with a passion for playing music and could take on the position, which involves: leading the main band's weekly rehearsal session, preparing the band for its playing commitments and conducting the band at its occasional performances.
REMEMBRANCE DAY PARADE
13 November 2011. Congratulations and many thanks to everyone who took part in the Remembrance Day parade earlier today. It was a excellent display with the band looking smart and everyone in uniform again. It was also good to see some old faces who came along and gave us the benefit of their experience and support. Thanks also to those who helped as well as those who played.
Have a look at the photos in the Photo Gallery.
NEW LOOK FOR BAND WEBSITE AS IT GOES MOBILE TOO
8 November 2011. The band's website has recently been overhauled and is now in a new design. All the content has been reviewed and updated, and the new layout is clearer and more modern. But, at the same time, it retains our traditional colours of black and red.
Also, the site has been optimised so that it displays well on mobile phones and tablets such as iPads. This is a first for the band as no other brass band in the Milton Keynes area has a mobile-friendly website.
BAND MEETING BRINGS OUT VOLUNTEER SPIRIT
29 September 2011. At the band meeting on 29th September, various members took on specific responsibilities. Thanks especially to Peter for for becoming Chair, Nathalie for volunteering as Treasurer, David for taking on the website and Kate for agreeing to look after our Facebook page.
AND STILL MORE NEW MEMBERS!
September 2011. The phoenix is definitely rising! We've recently had five more join us. Firstly Claire, taking up the fugel horn, and Kate on the baritone, swiftly followed by Liam and Bertalan, on cornet, and Kevin dusting off an old trombone. This is really giving us a fuller sound and it's lovely to have them with us. Welcome to them all!
OUR NEW CONDUCTOR
July 2011. Bob Paton (who comes all the way from Haverhill in Suffolk!) has very kindly taken on the task of being our conductor. A brass player for many years, Bob saw our plea for someone to come and help us out and has been conducting us now for several weeks. Even in that short time his efforts are showing success as we can now play things that were pretty well impossible without someone there to wave a stick and keep us going through changes of time and rhythm.
Bob is a very welcome addition to our small band of members. And his partner, Jane, has even taken on to learn the Eb Bass in order to swell our numbers – a pretty vast task to take on in more ways than one! Welcome to both Bob and Jane.
THINGS ARE LOOKING UP AT LAST!
May 2011. Almost a whole family of enthusiasts joined us a few weeks ago - boosting our numbers by three! Welcome to Liz, Malcolm and Abigail. I'm sure it won't be long before Malcolm and Abigail join the ranks of the main band, although they're only learning at the moment. And Liz is a major asset to the horn section.
We've also had a little bit of interest from a conductor - but sadly the days we practice are already busy days for him. Still, we might get lucky yet!
Did anyone go to hear Bradwell Silver Band and watch Brassed Off at St George's Church in Wolverton on Saturday? Well if you did, you will have seen our intrepid Secretary stand up and invite anyone interested in playing an instrument to come along and join us. And someone did! Welcome to Tracy.