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East Sussex Brass band.

 

Warbleton

Brass Band

Rushlake Green Nr

Heathfield

East Sussex

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The band rehearses in the Dunn hall in Rushlake Green only 2 miles from Heathfield in East Sussex.

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Merrie Harriers

Cowbeech

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Thursday

13th December

2018 NEWS REPORT

Sunday 21st October 2018, Our Presidents Birthday.

Happy Birthday to our President Judith? Thank you for inviting us to play at your birthday celebrations within the beautifulsurroundings of Herstmonceux castle (the fact no one knew when your birthday actually was didn't seem to matter). At least your cake gave away your age (39), but we were a bit surprised you didn't wait for the big 40 next year for such a special event. We also thank you for inviting us to join you for a lovely afternoon tea as your guests.

 

Friday 28th September 2018, MacMillan coffee evening.

Warbleton Brass Band Coffee evening was a great success with many new faces joining all those that regularly enjoy our events throughout the year. We must thank all those that donated to the Macmillan cancer trust for the privilege of choosing the music we play. For those that didn't get to choose their favourites we hope you all still enjoyed a great evening with plenty of tea and cake while listening to a modern-day brass band doing what it does best. keep an eye on our engagements page for 2019 when we hope to do it all again.

 

Monday 27th August 2018, Le Marché 2018

This year's performance at Le Marché was a spectacular example of how the brass band has evolved. Le Marché is usually the end of the summer engagements and we saved the best until last. Heathfield is our local town, so it was a lovely end of season performance for all our members friends and family, and of course all the public who stopped shopping for 45 minutes to enjoy our musical treat. This year we were given the more prestigious midmorning slot and from the feedback we received it clearly hit the spot with the shoppers and stall holders alike.

 

 

Sunday 26th August 2018,Eastbourne Bandstand

Well what can we say about Sundays performance on the bandstand? I think it shows that it doesn't matter if we have a small audience in the pouring rain or a large audience in glorious sunshine we will always put on a top performance. Despite the terrible weather we were cheered by a small but enthusiastic audience that were able to find shelter from the driving rain. That said the site of people dancing in the rain was a fine example of when the music is so good even the weather can't dampen your spirits.

 

 

Sunday 5th August 2018, Dig for victory, Cowbeech

After the world war 1 theme of Batemans yesterday we move on 3 decades to world war 2 at the dig for victory village fete and doge show in Cowbeech. You know you are in a lovely rural Sussex village when a sporting competition refers to welly wanging and maggot racing while a human fruit machine seems to lurk around every corner.

 

Saturday 4th August 2018, Batemans,Burwash. End of WW1 Celebrations

2018, Its 100 years since the end of world war 1. We joined many re-enactment groups to celebrate the war's end at Batemans, the Sussex home of Rudyard Kipling.

We played a variety of music from the many decades since the end of the Great War. Of course we played all the favourites from that time but we also played many upbeat popular tunes to reflect the vibrant free society we are all fortunate to live in thanks to all those that fought and died during the great war. Our final piece was Slaidburn to accompany the assembled troop march past. We would like to thank everyone for all the positive feedback we received and to the organisers for inviting us to play at this prestige's event.

 

Sunday 29th July 2018,Proms on the Green

It was that time of the year when Rushlake Green echoes to the sounds of the Proms. Unfortunately despite months of hot dry weather it changed a day too early for our proms concert. We are lucky we have use of the flower show marquee and therefore were able to put on a great performance albeit indoors. We have to thank all those that braved to horrendous weather to support this annual event and hope everyone enjoyed the varied program of music. We were joined by Sidonie Winter who sang a lovely rendition of Misty along with all the proms favourites. We are sure next year will be a lovely warm summers evening, so everyone put it in your diaries now. It will be the last Sunday in July 2019.

 

Saturday 28th July 2018, Rushlake Green Flower Show

Although it was very windy the rain held off and I'm sure the

sun shone for most of the afternoon. The flower show is the

Village's main event of the year and we are always pleased

to support the village to create a very successful afternoon.

 

 

Saturday 21st July 2018, West Hoathly Street Fair

We thoroughly enjoyed playing at the Street &food fair. The setting was beautiful with the church behind us.

The bustling street & food fair was a overwhelming success and we hope we were able to enhance that great atmosphere.

We would like to thank the organisers for inviting us to play and looking after us throughout the day.

 

Friday 6th July 2018, Private party, Warbleton

Instead of our Usual practice we were invited to play at a private garden party in Warbleton.

 

Saturday 3rd June 2018, Bodle Street Fete

It was great to be back at Bodle Street Fete after being away for a few years.

The weather was so warm we decided it would be more comfortable to play

in the hall to give us a bit of relief from the sun. Well I think the jury may still

be out as to where was the warmest, outside in the sun or inside with little

breeze to cool us down.

 

 

Sunday 3rd June 2018, The Big Lunch

The band has always been at the heart of the Rushlake Green and Warbleton community

so it was lovely to have been a pinnacle part of the BIG LUNCH.

It was an idyllic day, not a cloud in the sky and the sound of a brass band

playing across a traditional village green.

After we finished playing it was away with the instruments and music stands

and out with the picnic baskets for an enjoyable afternoon relaxing

and enjoying everything that was going on around the green.

 

 

Sunday 6th May 2018, Spring Concert

With the sun shining outside it was perfect to create a bright atmosphere for our Spring Concert. The band started with BRASSED UP FUNK and finished the first half with a piece of music that allows the drummer to spread her wings called KIT of FUN. After the interval our B Band now 20 strong entertained with their first performance and was a great illustration of how well this 1st class group play together. If anyone feels they would like to come along on Friday night they would be very welcome. The second half started with BARNARD CASTLE and finished with SEX BOMB with a visit to the STRAWBERRY FAIR in between.

 

 

Saturday 17th March 2018, Heathfield Farmers Market.

Despite the Beast from the east's return visit the band played on.......at least for a while! The band played all the summer fete favourites to remind all the stall holders and their customers that despite the heavy snow and icy cold wind it was only four days until the beginning of spring. We look forward to playing here again on the 18th of August and hope the weather will be much warmer.

 

 

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2017 NEWS REPORT

Saturday 9th December 2017,WARBLETON BRASS BAND & THE SOUTH DOWNS SINGERS

Saturday 9th December, we were privileged to play alongside The SOUTH DOWNS SINGERS, to a packed audience at St Saviours Church, Eastbourne. A big thank you to Sian and Louise for their amazing program. This joint Christmas Concert was a remarkable mix of traditional and more contemporary music. We raised the roof with Prismatic Light then added the more modern Disney movie theme as the festive season embraces the old and new. That said we included that well known carol Jingle Bells but with a brass band twist. The band joined with the choir for the final piece of the concert White Christmas, I'm sure everyone left the concert in a very festive mood.

Sunday 3rd December 2017, Our Christmas Concert

This year's Christmas Concert was a great success and with an exceptional turnout it was standing room only.......we will do our best to avoid this situation in the future. As an opening piece Prismatic Light certainly grabbed everyone's attention....and probably most of Rushlake Green. We must have done something right as the second piece was aptly titled "The Happy Bandleader".

The band is very fortunate to have a successful training band with members of all ages and abilities. Following our break when everyone enjoyed complimentary mince pies, tea or coffee, they treated us to a fantastic performance of the music they have been working on.The second half was all about Christmas with everything from Mistletoe & Wine to Jingle Bells, we even played some traditional carols to allow audience participation. Over the Christmas period each year we raise money for a good cause this year the band members voted for The Teenage Cancer Trust. The Christmas Concert is the first to raise money for this worthy cause.As you will all be aware we don't charge for entry to our Christmas concert we only make a retiring collection, this way the audience have an opportunity to show their appreciation when they leave and we thank everyone for their kind generosity.

 

Friday 29th August 2017, Macmillan Coffee Evening

We all had a great time at the annual coffee evening where the audience chooses the music we play. The audience were clearly in a party mood as their choices gave the band little time to catch their breath. Fortunately in the second half we were blessed with a few requests for more tranquil and slower paced pieces of music, it was probably because everyone was so full of coffee and cake. We must say a big thank you to all those that kindly gave to such a worthy cause.

 

 

Sunday 30th July 2017, Proms on the Green

Fortunately the rain had stopped and the sun really tried to shine, but with the ground still wet and a threatening sky we decided to move this year's proms under cover. The turnout this year was wonderful and the enthusiasm of the audience was as outstanding as ever. Despite the size of the marquee the audience did spill outside so we were all pleased that there was no sign of the rain. It was a performance of two halves with music including Reet Petite, Things, Don't you want me Baby and a selection from Grease dominating the first half and the more traditional Jerusalem, Fantasia of Sea Songs and Pomp and Circumstance concluding the second half. It was a really enjoyable evening and with the wonderful comments and all the new faces this year we look forward to "Proms on the Green 2018"

 

Saturday 29th July 2017, Rushlake Green flower show

The annual Rushlake Green flower show is always the start of a busy weekend. We have enjoyed lovely sunny weather over the last few years so our luck with the weather was due to change and it certainly did that. Despite the rain the show was very well attended and many felt the place to enjoy the band was from inside the refreshment tent who must have done a roaring trade. I'm sure that the sound of the band with its lively mix of modern and contemporary music raised everyone's spirits. Singing in the rain was a particular hit although many opted for dancing in the rain.

 

Sunday 21st May 2017, Eastbourne Bandstand with Mayfield Silver Band.

The sun was shining on the bandstand, so apart from the risk of sunburn everything was set for a wonderful afternoons entertainment by two of the southeast's oldest brass bands. They may be brass bands but the music was a mix of traditional and modern pop music there was something for everyone. With two bands it meant we were lucky enough to have two conductors. As a treat both conductors turned their hand to playing albeit only one piece each. Doug, Mayfield's MD opted for a traditional cornet solo where as Sian, Warbleton's MD went for a tuba solo (Bear Necessities) despite the band constantly interrupting Sian and trying to out play her Sian succeeded in out playing everyone . We have to acknowledge the way our very own Phileas Fogg narrated his way around the world with music from every corner of the world. With upbeat music like All that Jazz and the Stripper the audience were treated to one of the best Sunday afternoon concerts of the summer season, it will take a lot of beating.

 

Saturday 22nd April 2017, The Heffle Cuckoo Fair, Heathfield.

We were delighted to be invited to play at this year's Heffle Cuckoo Fair. The band were pleased to give their time for free as the Cuckoo Fair raises money for such a good cause (Demelza Hospice Care for Children). The band received such a positive response from the organisers as well as from many of those that had come along to enjoy and support the festivities.

 

Sunday 7th May 2017, The Spring Concert, Movie Matinee

You may think that a brass band concert with a movie theme, might be much the same as the next. Not Warbleton Brass Bands Spring Concert. They wowed the audience with the best entertainment concert to date, even the hall was transformed to recreate that cinema feel of years gone by. We even had our own usherette distributing popcorn to the audience. The music came with its own entertainment to add to the music's theme, including the most enjoyable rendition of Under the Boardwalk. Other musical gems such as, Seventy Six Trombones; Singing in the Rain; The Godfather and a Glen Miller collection kept the audience captivated throughout. This year the band was joined by a wonderful singer Melodie Joy Hornett, who sang many hits from the movies including Skyfall and On my Own. During the intermission we watched a superb performance by the ever growing training band which included Does your Mother Know and Peter Gunn. A big thank you to everyone who made this cinema matinee such

 

WARBLETON BRASS BAND