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Band visits Totton

Saturday 13th May was the band’s first visit to St Winfrid’s Church in Totton, for many years.  It’s an unusual building with large sweeping arches (fifty feet wide) producing an open space for congregation and concert goers alike.  The architect was NF Cachemaille-day, it was completed in 1937 and is grade II listed.  

The concert had been promoted effectively by the church and we enjoyed playing to a full house.  St Winfrid’s vicar, Rev Chris Steed introduced the concert explaining that monies raised would go towards turning the church into a ‘creative hub’.

After our pre-concert rehearsal we were treated to a sumptuous buffet tea of nibbles, sandwiches and cakes with hot and cold drinks which were replenished ready for us at the interval. This was appreciated by all.

One of the musical highlights was the band’s first public performance of ‘Orient Express’ composed by Philip Sparke which is a musical depiction of a steam train journey complete with whistles!  It was well received by the audience so will no doubt feature in future performances.

The concert concluded with the traditional ‘Last Night of the Proms’ feature with the audience enjoying some flag waving and showing their appreciation with a standing ovation. A great concert for all and I’m sure we’ll be making a return visit.

Tough Mudder Challenge for Diabetes UK

On 6th May, Rebecca, one of our trumpet players, is undertaking Tough Mudder (a military grade obstacle course with 20 obstacles along a 12 mile run). In February 2017, she 'celebrated' her 25th year anniversary as a Type 1 Diabetic, a condition which is not easy to live with. As such she set herself the challenge to 1) raise awareness of the condition, 2) prove that it shouldn't have to stop her (and other people with the condition) from doing anything and 3) help raise funds for Diabetes UK so that the wonderful research and advancements in the treatment of diabetes can continue.
She would be really grateful if you could find it in your heart to sponsor her:


Fleet Concert - Feb 2017

Our first performance of the year is now done. What a show ! What an audience !

The Band was there in force and played to the now normal, high, standard we achieve under the direction of Major Pete Curtis. The multi-talented Amanda Goldthorpe-Hall wowed the crowds as ever and the audience even sang along to, amongst others, our Beatles medley.

Interesting fact - one member of the Band once played with the Fab Four !

Thank you Fleet for what is now our annual curtain raiser for a year of great music, appreciative audiences and fund raising for worthy causes like the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice. All done whilst flying the flag for Hampshire Constabulary far and wide.

We hope to be be back in Fleet in 2018.

Our next performance is at the Royal Victoria Country Park on 14th March. The show starts at 19.30.