The oldest brass band in the Milton Keynes area
THE END OF ANOTHER EVENTFUL YEAR
24 December. As another new year beckons, we must say a huge thank-you to everyone in the band and all our supporters for a great 2015.
We've had a very good year for performances and did lots of gigs to entertain the people of Wolverton and raise our profile in the town.
We wish everyone a very merry Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous 2016. We look forward to playing for the people of Wolverton in the New Year.
CAROLS IN THE SQUARE, 24 DECEMBER
24 December. As is tradition, we finished the year playing carols round the Christmas tree in The Square on Christmas Eve afternoon.
Even Bob got into the Christmas spirit with a great piece of festive headgear!
More photos in the Photo Gallery.
CAROLING ROUND THE STREETS, DECEMBER
22 December. The band played carols to local residents door-to-door around the streets of Wolverton on five evenings in December.
It was great to see so many people supporting their local band, with many coming out to take photos, sing along and even dance!
After our fifth and final evening stomping the streets, we finished with a few festive tunes and a pint at The Galleon pub, Old Wolverton.
More photos in the Photo Gallery.
CAROLS AT TESCO, 20 DECEMBER
20 December. Today, the band brought some festive cheer to shoppers at Tesco in Wolverton, by playing carols betweeen 10:30am and 2:30pm.
We got everyone in the Christmas spirity and the people of the town were very generous in their support for their local band.
COMMUNITY ORCHARD, 13 DECEMBER
13 December. The band played carols at Wolverton Community Orchard's Christmas event, and was accompanied by a group of singers from a local church.
Once again, it was a great opportunity for our youngsters and developers to play a few pieces in public.
CHRISTMAS CONCERT, 12 DECEMBER
13 December. Our Christmas Concert last night was fantastic. The church was full, so much so that the Church Wardens had to bring out extra chairs! It was great to see so many people there - of all ages ranging from toddlers to senior citizens.
It was especially nice to see our youngsters and developers taking part, and everyone getting into the Christmas spirit.
The people of Wolverton really do appreciate their local band!
Thanks to everyone for making it such a success. We're so pleased everyone enjoyed themselves. More photos in the Photo Gallery.
CAROLS OUTSIDE WAITROSE, 12 DECEMBER
12 December. This morning, the band got shoppers into the festive spirit with Christmas carols at Waitrose in Oakgrove.
WOLVERTON LANTERN FESTIVAL, 5 DECEMBER
5 December. We continued our musical activities in the run-up to Christmas with an appearance at Wolverton Lantern Parade this evening. We played in The Square after the parade set off and made its way round the streets, and finished when the parade arrived back at The Square. It was windy!
DOBBIES GARDEN CENTRE, 22 NOVEMBER
22 November. At its first performance for Christmas 2015, the band brought some festive cheer to shoppers at Dobbies Garden Centre in Fenny Stratford. Good to see lots of seasonal headgear on show. Many thanks to everyone who played (especially the deps who helped us out) and also those who handed out leaflets for the forthcoming Christmas Concert.
REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY, 8 NOVEMBER
8 November. The band was honoured and proud to take part in the Remembrance Day parade earlier today.
The weather held off and we were spared the rain. It was good to see our Musical Director, Jane Lloyd, back in charge after a while off due to illness. Special thanks and well done to Heidi who played solo.
WOLVERTON COMMUNITY ORCHARD, APPLE DAY
18 October. The rain held off for the Apple Day at Wolverton Community Orchard, which included lots of family fun activities, scrummy cakes and refreshments. The band played between 2 and 3pm and the afternoon included the dedication of a bench and plaque to Perry Harris, a former long-standing player in the band. More photos in the Photo Gallery.
ROOTS, RUGBY WORLD CUP FANZONE
11 October. The band opened (at 11am) and closed (at 12 noon) at the free Roots event in the Rugby World Cup Fanzone (the temporary big blue tent in Campbell Park, Central Milton Keynes).
Roots was a showcase community arts event and we were proud and thrilled to be invited to take part.
It proved to be an exciting occasion and was the debut performance for many of our younger band members, all of whom had been practising for many weeks in the run-up to the event.
MEMORABLE ORDER OF TIN HATS MEMORIAL SERVICE
6 September. The band played at the annual M.O.T.H. United Services Memorial Service and March Past, which took place in Central Milton Keynes.
Formed in 1927, M.O.T.H. is an ex-servicemen's organisation, the aim of which is to help fellow comrades and remember all servicemen.
The service took place in the presence of the Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire and the Mayor of Milton Keynes, and included the laying of a number of wreaths of remembrance.
IT'S IN THE SQUARE
6 July. The band kicked off the festivities at 'It's in the Square' - Wolverton's annual music and dance festival, which provides a fun day for all the family.
PAWS FOR THOUGHT DOG SHOW
31 May. Today, the band played at the Paws for Thought dog show in Victoria Park in Wolverton.
The rain held off and the wind wasn't too bad, making it an enjoyable family fun day that included all sorts of dog competitions, races and challenges.
17 May. Following our two successful public concerts in 2014, the band held a Spring Concert last night, on the musical theme of ‘Land, Sea and Air’.
The performance took place in the beautiful surroundings of Wolverton’s St George’s Church and attracted around 90 people.
Admission was free and the concert included favourites featuring places from across the world, such as:
• Stranger on the shore’ (Acker Bilk) – duet by Steve Hill and Shirley Ludlow.
‘• Ferry cross the Mersey’ (Gerry and the Pacemakers).
‘• By the time I get to Phoenix’ (Glen Campbell).
• ‘Take the A train’ (Duke Ellington).
The event included a number of solo and duet performances and the band’s newest and youngest members (as young as eight) also took part in their first ever public performance.
The evening finished with a rousing version of ‘Rule Britannia’ led by one of the band’s youngest members, Casey Brockwell, who distributed flags among the audience and encouraged a session of flag-waving.
APPLE ORCHARD - EASTER EGG HUNT
5 April. Yesterday, the band played at the first Wolverton Apple Orchard event of the year - an Easter egg hunt.
It was a chilly day but the weather didn't hamper a great local community event. Lots of colourful entertainment and things to do.
CHARITY CHEQUE PRESENTATION
18 February. Recently, a cheque for £170 was presented to Crystal Brockwell for Mind (the mental health charity) - in memory of her brother, Jamie Brockwell.
The money was raised at two of our concerts in 2014, the most recent being the Christmas charity concert and sing-along in Wolverton’s St George’s Church in December.
The presentation also included Casey Brockwell (band member and brother of both Jamie and Crystal) and Debbie Walker (band member and mother of Jamie, Crystal and Casey). Casey is our youngest member (12 years old). He made his concert debut at the Christmas concert on drums and percussion having moved from cornet and taken up drums just six weeks previously.
The two concerts also raised money for The Suki Woodland Memorial Trust.
Photo: Kevin Williams (Band Committee Member); Crystal Brockwell; Debbie Walker; Jane Lloyd (Band Musical Director) and Casey Brockwell.
HAPPY NEW YEAR
1 January. Happy New Year to everyone. Here's to an excellent year and we wish everyone the very best for 2015. The band's first practice will be on Monday 12th January.