East Sussex Brass band.
Rushlake Green Nr
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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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2018 NEWS REPORT
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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 a success
2016 NEWS REPORT
Saturday 10th December 2016 Carol Playing in Waitrose, Heathfield.
It was fantastic to be invited back to play in the café area of Waitrose. We received lovely comments from the staff and shoppers alike. And we were overwhelmed by the amount of money visitors to Waitrose donated this morning.
All Christmas collections this year in support of Hospice in the Weald. So a big thank you from all.
Friday 9th December 2016 Carol playing outside the Co-Op in Heathfield.
We thoroughly enjoyed playing carols outside the Co-Op this evening for two reasons. Firstly the weather was very kind, remarkably mild for this time of the year. Secondly and more importantly it was the lovely response from the shoppers who remarked that the sound of a brass band at this festive time always enhances the shopping experience this time of the year. We do thank everyone that gave so generously, we even recived a tin of buiscits and a box of chocolates.
Sunday 4th December 2016 CHRISTMAS CONCERT, Dunn Hall, Rushlake Green.
Its always good sign when you have to get more chairs out as people come in! No deps today, all our own players. The Christmas Concert is always a great start to the Christmas activities, and this year was no exeption. The concert proceeded smoothly and was warmly received by everyone. This year's chosen charity was Hospice in the Weald.
Saturday 26th November 2016 REMEMBRANCE CONCERT, Burwash Village Hall.
Fantastic concert at Burwash for this yearly charity ev. Everyone played really well and there was an appreciative audience. Hope we raised a good amount for the two charities. Thanks to Neal and Mick for stepping in last minute.
Saturday 5th November 2016 LEWES BONFIRE CELEBRATIONS, Lewes.
Gunpowder Treason and plot! Hardy Warbleton Brass Band members volunteered to help Uckfield Concert Band at the world famous Lewes Bonfire Celebrations. This involved swapping their traditional blue jackets for the red fleeces of UCB. Martin and Amy were also called upon by the Heathfield Silver Band to play the last post at the war memorial, this allowed an historical family tradition to continue, as Martin had stood at the same war memorial to play the last post with his Father.
Friday 30th September 2016 The world's biggest coffee Evening.
What a fantastic evening and all for a great cause. We raised £450 pounds for Macmillan cancer support. This was only possible through the outstanding audience giving so generously. Although the official slogan is the world's biggest coffee morning, the band added a little musical twist by inviting everyone to a coffee evening with great success.
With a large selection of music to choose from, the audience were invited to select their favourites. It became clear early on that it was going to be a very lively choice.
We must not forget all those that provided all the cakes and refreshments that allowed a little indulgence with the knowledge it was all for a superb life changing charity.
Monday 29th August 2016 Le Marché, Heathfield's annual street market.
We were given the honour to play at the opening of this year's Le Marche, Heathfield's annual street market. We were lucky with the weather and after the opening speech by the organisers we brought the market to life, and with shoppers dancing and stall holders singing we didn't disappoint anyone with an hour of nonstop upbeat music.
Sunday 21st August 2016 Little arts festival concert, Rushlake Green.
The Little Arts Festival concert gave the band the opportunity to show that "the arts" extends way beyond the conventional. The festival presented the art of music from busking to professional musicians and across all genres. From the positive feedback from organisers and the audience we believe our concert was a worthy contribution to the whole experience.
Friday 12th August 2016 Co-Op, Heathfield.
The bands popularity shows no bounds as we were invited to play outside the Co-Op supermarket in Heathfield this evening. We attracted an appreciative audience who all commented on how lovely it was to hear the sound of a brass band adding to their shopping experience. We were even able to oblige a few requests. Our music travelled far and wide as Heathfield residents jumped in their cars to follow sound and with their car windows wound down enjoyed this free open air concert.
Sunday 7th August 2016 Dig for victory, Cowbeach.
Dig for victory is when the wartime theme meets traditional
country fair. The band always tries to present a selection of
music that is loyal to both traditions. We shared the spotlight
at the show with a superb singer who entertained the crowd
with hits from the 40's while we took a well earned break to
take in all the show had to offer.
Saturday 6th August 2016 Oaklands nursing home
It was a lovely hot summers day and the gazebo was very
welcome, this time to keep the sun off us instead of the rain
as it was earlier in the year. We were made very welcome
and enjoyed the refreshments that were laid on for us during
our break. It always makes the afternoon special when we
receive so many lovely comments, as we did from the residents,
staff and visitors.
Sunday 31st July 2016 Proms on the Green (Hampers & Champers)
The last Sunday in July is always a date worth marking on your calendar, as Rushlake Green takes the spotlight from the Royal Albert Hall to present an evening of Proms on the Green. This year was our best audience yet. With a lovely summers evening everyone was able to enjoy their picnics in the evening sunshine. The first half of the programme was a light mix of contemporary music leading into the more traditional music associated with the proms, culminating with Rule Britannia and Land of Hope and Glory, when the band was joined by soprano singer Sidonie Winter.....and of course the audience.
Saturday 30th July 2016 Rushlake green flower show.
The annual Rushlake green flower show is always a highlight of the year, and this year it is no exception. The bands contribution to this afternoons fun is always greeted with great enthusiasm. This idyllic flower show encompasses all that's good about the English country scene and the Warbleton Brass Band is always pleased to be a part of another successful day. It's also the bands traditional afternoon tea which takes place in the Dunn Hall following the flower show, we must thank Jean Jarvis who never fails to put on a wonderful spread, with the help of the many contributions from band members and friends.
Saturday 16th July 2016 Forest Row School Fete
Not many school playing fields can boast to having a learning environment
that could be doubled up as a bandstand. The weather was lovely and the fete was well supported so it was nice to see so many people sitting around
the "bandstand" enjoying the music. We really appreciate all the lovely complimentswe received and hope we get the opportunity to play here again in the future. It all felt a little unfinished when we packed up and headed for home as we were unable to play our traditional last piece Sussex by the Sea, perhaps we could
play it twice later in the year to balance things up?
Friday 8th July 2016 Outside Waitrose, Heathfield.
We were invited to play outside the local Waitrose in Heathfield last Christmas. This was so successful we were given the opportunity to play again but this time in the warm evening sun. Many of the shoppers stopped at the wonder of a brass band playing outside their local supermarket and others sat outside with a cup of coffee to soak up the atmosphere. We must thank the staff and management for the warm welcome given to the band. Hopefully we will see you again at Christmas?
Saturday 2nd July 2016 East Hoathly Fete
Again the weather forecast was for clear skies and lots of lovely sunshine.
We thought it best to put up the gazebo to protect us from the sun?
The gazebo also had its own annex for Eric the drummer.
Unfortunately the weather changed and the we were forced to stop
as those on the periphery moved ever closer to the centre looking for shelter.
Visitors and stall holders alike commented on how a brass band playing
traditional music such as the floral dance and Ground Force, enhances the
atmosphere of any Country fete. That said they were also treated to the more
modern side of our repertoire as many were captivated when the sounds
of Zambezi and the James Bond Theme echoing around the fete.
Sunday 12th June 2016 Eastbourne bandstand.
We always look forward to playing on Eastbourne Bandstand on a Sunday afternoon, its idyllic situation provides everything it says on the tin a Traditional Afternoon Concert. The audience were treated to a varied selection of music including Life on Mars, Hey Jude and Wind beneath my wings.
Saturday 11th June 2016 Chiddingly Fete
The weather forecast said overcast and rain so we were all happy
when the sun was shining...............but in true British tradition
the weather became the centre of conversation as the promised rain arrived!!!
Fortunately it was towards the end and failed to dampen anyone's spirits.
It's always an enjoyable afternoon in the vicarage garden sipping Pimm's
and eating a lovely cream tea.
Tuesday 10th May 2016 HEFFLE WI
The Heffle WI in Heathfield invited the band to give a talk and demonstration of how the Warbleton Brass Band started and developed over the last 120 years. Brian, with the aid of a few props and 9 members of the band captivated the audience as he took them on a journey through the bands history along with an introduction to instruments that make up a modern brass band from the smallest (cornet) to the largest (tuba). The band embellished Brian's excellent talk with samples of the music currently being played.
Sunday 8th May 2016 SPRING CONCERT
Our spring concert was the first of the year, and was a great success.
The audience was treated to a wide selection of music from all genres, including CONCERT TUNE, LIFE ON MARS and SWINGTIME RELIGION, with a special castanet solo "ESPANA".
We also had a special appearance of two laid-back felines for a unique performance of "DUET FOR TWO CATS" neither could be recognised as their magnificent costumes allowed complete anonymity?
2015 NEWS REPORT
We have been very busy this year carolling, from our local Warbleton Church to the rousing enthusiastic singing at Crowborough Rugby Club. Throughout our carolling season we have been raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support and have found everyone very generous in their support. We must thank Waitrose supermarket for inviting us to play during their first Christmas since opening. Also local pubs for their warm welcome: The Three Cups in Three Cups, The black Duck in Warbleton and the Merrie Harriers in Cowbeach. Our final outing was to play carols for the residents of Rushlake Green on Christmas Eve.
Sunday 6th December 2015, Christmas concert
It was lovely to see so many people enjoying this year's Christmas concert. We were delighted to have a special guest to accompany a piece of music written in honour of his remarkable trip around the world in just 80 days. Yes Phileas Fogg read from his journal whilst the band played atmospheric music leading you through those far off lands. This year's concert was in support of Macmillan Cancer Support so a big thank you from the band and Macmillan Cancer Support your kind donations.
Saturday 21st November 2015, Quiz night.
There was a great atmosphere at the quiz night with three teams so close at the end but unfortunately only one team could leave with the coveted prize. That said the youngest team also went home with a prize for playing a marvellous rear guard game, it was hard not to rename their team the tail end Charlie's? We must thank the Quiz master for making the evening such a success. We were very fortunate to also have a very competent team serving refreshments..............although she was spotted helping out the tail end Charlie's? Finally a big thank you to all those that came along to support the band.
Saturday 24th October 2015, Charity Concert in aid of The Royal British Legion and Help the Heroes.
Another fantastic concert in aid of The Royal British Legion and Help the Heroes. This annual charity event was well supported by an appreciative and generous audience raising a significant amount of money for both groups. The selection of music was well balanced with the more traditional complementing an upbeat selection from the world of film and popular music. Our soloist Amy Buss, gave an excellent performance of 'On My own'. We must also complement our front row duo Martin and Emily for their rendition of 'Something Stupid'.
Our drummer Eric surpassed himself while combining his love of trains and drumming. With the words "All aboard" and the swinging lantern the audience believed they had a 'Ticket to Ride'. We must also thank Karen, Dennis and Tony for their help in producing an outstanding performance.
Sunday 30th August 2015, Eastbourne Bandstand.
What a finish to our summer program. With Presley in mind, Did we Rise like a Phoenix? Were we Sweet and Sentimental? With the reaction from the audience we certainly did and we certainly were. Their response was overwhelming. Whether it was a casual passerby or member of the paying audience there were so many positive comments. Despite Sian's attempts there were no takers to dance Gangnam Style. The band started in a Red Castle in Wales and ended up down Bourbon Street in New Orleans with many stops en route, including Amarillo, A Special place and of course Sussex by the Sea. It was lovely to have Simon back on Sop and we must thank Ruth, Helen, James and Chas for their contribution to what was a very successful afternoon.
Two lovely comments from visitors to Eastbourne Bandstand yesterday.
""Absolutely wonderful afternoon at Eastbourne thoroughly enjoyed thank you.""
""Dear All, was at your Eastbourne Concert today. Just like last year we all said you were the best band again this year. It was a lovely concert with a great selection of music. Well done to you all. See you all again next year I hope. Regards, Gary""
Makes all the hard work at rehearsals worthwhile.
Saturday 8th August 2015, Oaklands Nursing Home Open Day.
Some might say "why do we have a conductor"?
Well if you are fortunate to have a versatile conductor who can just as easily play any instrument within the band (not sure about the drums) it sometimes becomes necessary for them to do just that. Sian showed she can practice what she preaches and put down her stick and joined the horn section, it was an inspiration to us all. Martin kept the band in time with a nod of the head so all was well. The open day was very well supported and was a great success. We would like to thank all those who offered such wonderful comments to band members during our break and hope we will have the opportunity to play for you all again.
Sunday 2nd August 2015, Cowbeach Flower show "Dig for Victory"
As Martin, Sian and Amy were on holiday we would like to thank Christine for conducting the band for this Dig for Victory/Flower show. Christine's selection of music was well received by the crowd and organisers alike. We must also thank Christine's husband Farid who played Flugelhorn. With Martin missing Emily stepped up to Principle Cornet, and with the help of Dennis produced an excellent performance. Although martin and family were absent we did have a last minute "Buss" substitution on the horn, Martins sister, (or if you prefer Pauls wife) so Thanks Alison it was great to see you back in the band after such a long absence.
Sunday 26th July 2015, "Hampers & Champers"
Yet another successful "Proms on Rushlake Green". Come rain or shine the proms night just goes from strength to strength. The bad weather simply meant the picnics were laid out under the cover of a marquee retaining that special proms atmosphere. We were again joined by Opera Singer Sidonie Winter who sang a wonderful rendition of George Gershwin's Summertime, as well as leading the traditional proms favourite Land of Hope and Glory.
Saturday 25th July 2015, Rushlake Green flower show
Although black clouds threatened there was enough blue sky to allow the sun to shine. Rushlake Green is always an idyllic spot to hear the sounds of the local brass band. You may not expect to hear Swinging safari, gangnam style or blurred lines but the modern brass band mixes the contemporary with the traditional, to entertain an ever growing audience.
Saturday 4th July 2015 MASSED BAND CONCERT
Warbleton joined forces with Mayfield Silver for a fund raising massed band concert. In aid of the Royal British Legion and St. Dunstan's Church, we performed a 'Last Night of the Proms' style concert. The pews were full to bursting. With the blue of Warbleton jackets and the red of Mayfield's waistcoats, the band looked fantastic.
The first half was a mixture of pieces chosen by both MDs. A horn/flugel feature with 6 horns and 3 flugels went down a storm. Martin and Dougie took the solo spots with Buster Strikes Back and Let Me Try Again.
Even after playing Pomp and Sussex twice the audience were still reluctant to leave! Lots of positive comments so let's hope we can do something similar again soon. £2500 was raised and divided between the two charities.
Saturday 13th June 2015 CHIDDINGLY FETE
The weather was kind to us again. The beautiful setting of the
Vicarage Gardens. Cream Teas being served across the lawn
from where the band entertained for the afternoon.
A very appreciative audience with lovely compliments about the
wide variety of pieces played, from Mozart to Gangnam.
We aim to please!
Sunday 7th June 2015 RUSHLAKE GREEN COMMUNITY LUNCH
What a wonderful idea! Get the whole village together for a huge picnic. The road was closed and tables set out in a line, reminded me of the Jubilee street party celebrations years ago. The weather was fantastic, not even a breeze. Everyone tucked into their food and chatted to fellow villagers while the band entertained from the Green. It doesn't get much better than that!
Sunday 26th April 2015 SPRING CONCERT
I'm sure the stage is getting smaller or is it that the band is growing? We squeezed on and performed a wide variety of pieces starting with Death or Glory. Martin performed My Love is Like a Red Red Rose and then joined Cath on horn in the second half for Don't it make my brown eyes blue. We finished the first half with Farandole and the second half with Pirates of the Caribbean. The training band did a wonderful job of opening the second half with the tunes they had learnt over the past few months. It wont be long before more of them will join the senior band.
2014 NEWS REPORT
Oaklands Nursing Home, Saturday 9th August 2014
The holiday season was upon us so we were a few players short. The MD covered on euphonium and the principal lead from the end chair. Everyone was experienced enough to play without a baton to follow. The residents and their families enjoyed the varied programme. A nice cup of tea and cake were provided during the break. It was good to welcome Dave's (percussion) sister Helen over from Switzerland to join us on trombone. She particularly liked Gangnam and Amarillo!!
Cowbeech Dig For Victory Day, Sunday 3rd August 2014
Another lovely day weatherwise. The car park was full and the queue at the entrance showed how well this event is supported. Dogs in their packs(!) were being brought along for the fun dog show. Our usual spot had been saved and the chairs set out. We played our first set of 45 minutes and was well received by all the listeners. We had a longer than usual break to allow the Swingtime Sweethearts to sing to the crowd before the afternoon was finished off by another session by the Band. Already booked for next years event.
Hampers & Champers - Proms On The Green, Sunday 27th July 2014
With the unpredictable weather it was decided to open the sides of the Marquee and perform inside. There were a few gazebos still left up so some of the audience sat outside under them. A few light showers confirmed our decision was right although it would have been nice to perform to everyone outside. Judging by the number of cars this year, we were definitely performing to a larger audience. It seems to increase every year and more seem to enter into the 'hampers' spirit of things. The programme was varied, joined by Sidonie Winter once again, and the audience were in fine voice for all the 'pomp' favourites.
Our thanks to Jonathan Austin who provided us with the generator to power our microphone and speakers. He also gave us a splendid writeup in the Parish News.
Rushlake Green Flower Show, Saturday 26th July 2014
For the 80th year Warbleton Band attended their local flower show. With the use of Susan's gazebo again it was a lovely hot day for this fantastic event. The music was well received and it gave us a chance to hand out fliers advertising our Proms for the following evening.
Eastbourne Bandstand, Sunday 13th July 2014
Our first appearance in over 50 years. Everyone arrived early to help set up. With a bit of jiggling we managed to fit everyone on the varied levels of staging. A bit breezy from the west but we made sure the music was well pegged down. Probably about 2-300 people surrounded the bandstand and were very appreciative of our varied programme. Even Gangnam style got a cheer!! It was a very prestigious occasion made even better by the numerous compliments as we left the stage. A couple of people even emailed the bandstand to say how much they enjoyed us.
Bodle Street Fete, Saturday 12th July 2014
A regular engagement for the band. As always the weather was scorching. Thanks to Susan for bringing her gazebo as no one had supplied us with one. It only took a few minutes to put up but gave much need shade to 'almost' all the players. Poor Musical Director got a burnt neck!! A small but well supported fete and everyone enjoyed the music once again.
East Hoathly Fete, Saturday 14th June 2014
Our first outdoor engagement of the year. The weather was kind to us. There had been threats of rain earlier but we were very lucky and managed to get away with just a few seconds of that damp feeling!! The fete was well supported as always and the audience were very appreciative of the live music. All rounded off with a lovely burger from the barbeque.
Spring Concert , Sunday 4th May 2014
As the hall filled up it was lovely to see quite a few new faces. The band played a wide variety of music which was well received by the audience. After the interval and raffle it was the turn of our new training band. They performed five short pieces they had been working on over the past few months. It was really nice to hear the progress they had made and they got a huge round of applause at the end. Lots of compliments as people left and so all the hard work was worth it.
2013 NEWS REPORT
Christmas Carols 13th December 2013 to 24th December 2013
This saw the start of our official carol playing around the area. The Crown at Newick invited a small group to take part in their Christmas celebrations. The group played to a packed pub. Next came the carol service at Osbourne House, Rushlake Green, accompanying the carols for the residents and local villagers. The group then went up to The Black Duck, Warbleton and were warmly welcomed by the pub and their customers. A new venue for the band was Crowborough Rugby Club where a small group accompanied the Club members for their annual carol singing event. Apart from the short introductions of each Carol we couldn't hear ourselves play once they all sang at the top of their voices. A lovely job and friendly welcome from everyone plus a booking for the same next year. The next event was of course the Warbleton Church Carol Service. This would not be the same without the lovely sound of brass filling the Church while a packed congregation sang their hearts out. Christmas Eve was of course our final carol playing around Rushlake Green. Many of our regular listeners came out with mulled wine and mince pies plus everyone was very generous with their donations. A quick session at the Horse and Groom confirmed that 2013 had finally finished.
Christmas Concert 8th December 2013
As usual there was a good turn out for our Christmas Concert. Everyone seated, we opened with a wide variety of entertaining tunes including Gangnam Style!!! Might not have been to everyone's taste but the band enjoyed it.!! Following the raffle the band filled the second half with festive tunes and audience carol singing. The highlight of the concert had to be Nina and Martin's 'duet' of the lovely carol Away in a Manger. Having convinced the audience that Nina had worked hard on her part and was her first time out the front performing, the band started. Nina sat waggling her valves while Martin pointed his cornet into her bell and played the solo. The effect was a lovely 'warbling' tone to the tune. We must not take anything away from Nina as she very ably played the last note!! A short speech by a representative from the Warbleton Church Bell Restoration Fund explained their gratitude to the band for making them our chosen Charity for 50% of all Christmas fundraising.
Hailsham - Carols, Saturday 30th November 2013
A bit early but the band were asked to play carols at a School in Hailsham. A small group sat on the small stage and entertained at their Christmas Fayre. A good response from the audience including a possible new recruit for the training band. The group then grabbed a coffee and made their way to the Christmas Tree in Hailsham's main shopping area. A few carols before and after the switching on of the lights helped add to a nice Chrismassy atmosphere. The free Domino's pizza after was greatly appreciated.
Burwash Remembrance Concert Saturday 26th October 2013
A regular event but this time a few weeks earlier certainly proved more successful with the amount of audience we had. The lighting was still terrible on the stage but some players came prepared with their stand lights!!! My music was a bit 'orange' from the one light available and the horn section certainly looked jaundiced!!! The British Legion were able to attend for the first time and a very moving speech was made by their Chairman at the end. Again we debuted a few new pieces we had only just added to our library and the band played superb. The audiences of all our engagements seem to appreciate the wide variety of music we try to give them. A substantial amount of money was made in support of the British Legion and Help for Heroes. Thanks to all the helpers, especially the ladies in the kitchen.
Oaklands Nursing Home Saturday 21st September 2013
The weather was kind again and we set up in the courtyard of the Home. The residents filled the lounge, conservatory and outside. They enjoyed the wide range of music and it was especially moving to have one of the residents (90+) conduct the band for one of the hymns. It certainly made his day. We debuted Amazing Grace which we had only just added to our folders and it went exceptionally well. Some lovely refreshments during the break were welcomed by band and residents. Looking forward to performing there again soon.
Dig For Victory - Cowbeech Flower Show Sunday 4th August 2013
This lovely weather can't last can it?? All our summer engagements were dependent on nice weather and we weren't disappointed. In the field behind the Merrie Harriers the stalls were overflowing with people. Every year this lovely show seems to get bigger. Two sessions during the afternoon and time to look round the tents. Thanks again for the lovely weather!!!
Hampers and Champers - Proms On The Green, Sunday 28th July 2013
Another lovely day with just a slight breeze. Many people arriving early enough to set their table and chairs up before the concert began. I'm sure I even saw a portable stove!!!
The band performed well and it was enhanced beautifully again by Sidonie Winter singing some beautiful songs and leading the audience in the traditional 'Pomp' finale.
Well done everyone and special thanks to our few deps who helped make this another successful event.
Rushlake Green, Flower Show, Saturday 27th July 2013
Who would have thought that such a scorching hot day could suddenly change in minutes to a torrential downpour!! The band managed its first set and just had enough time to cover the music and instruments before the heavens opened. A short huddle in the tea tent before declaring it dry enough to continue. A very appreciative audience as always. Down to the hall for our annual band tea. A lovely spread organised again by Jean, helped by many friends and players.
Bodle Street Green, Saturday 22nd June 2013
We always seem to be lucky with the weather at Bodle Street Green. The audience enjoyed sitting on the terrace with their drinks and hog roasts, listening to the band. A short break to allow some very talent young dancers to put on a show and then back for the second set. Again welcoming Karen on Sop it was a nice afternoon of entertaining music.
See us next at the Rushlake Green Flower Show Saturday 27th July 2pm then Hampers & Champers Proms evening on Sunday 28th July 6pm on the green.
Merrie Harriers, Friday 21st June 2013
As we were unable to have our usual rehearsal hall on Friday we decided to put on a casual concert at the Merrie Harriers in Cowbeech. The pub have always welcomed the band during the Summer at the Dig for Victory (4th August) and at Christmas for an evening of Carols. It was a lovely evening and the audience were very appreciative (some a little more than others - hic!)
It was nice to welcome Karen on soprano who thought she had just turned up to listen. The band performed for an hour and a half non stop to avoid any problems with light or temperature drop. A collection plus donation from the Pub was an added bonus.
Chiddingly Church Fete Saturday 15th June 2013
An early start for the Fete meant the band had to play the first few pieces without their M.D. Led admirably from the principal chair, Martin chose the music and the players followed with no problem. The sound carried across the area, drawing in the crowds. The compere Jonathan Bailey once again worked well with the band, allowing them time to change pieces, announcing all activities around the Fete.
A bit chillier than the previous week so pegs were welcomed by all. A video of one of the pieces can be found on YouTube, Chiddingly Fete Warbleton Band.
See us next week on Friday evening at Merrie Harriers, Cowbeech 7.30pm and Saturday at Bodle Street Fete 2pm
East Hoathly Fete
Saturday 8th June 2013
A beautiful setting for our first 'Summer' engagement. The gardens of East Hoathly Rectory. Lots of lovely stalls edged the garden and the band was made very welcome. Three long sessions of pieces, almost running out of music, the audience were very appreciative.There is no doubt that live music, especially Brass Bands, makes an event. Well done to everyone for battling the Sun, the Shade, the BBQ and the microphone!!!!
Spring Concert - Smile Please! Sunday 22nd April 2013
Our season always opens with the Spring Concert put on especially for the residents of Rushlake Green and they were not disappointed as all the hard work paid off. An appreciative audience was treated to a well balanced programme and a first class musical standard created by Musical Director Sian Buss. She was well pleased and admitted to being so : crafting a programme that satisfies traditionalists and purists alike is no mean feat and this was accomplished with aplomb.
It being the birthday of Her Majesty the Queen meant that the playing of the National Anthem was de rigeur and as the date was close to St. George's day the rousing march Standard of St. George was played. Yes, a very good concert.
Then it was time for a formal photograph of the band to be taken - the first since 1935 - one for posterity. Thanks to those who helped with the teas,setting up and guest musicians who swelled our ranks and enhanced our sound.
See and hear Warbleton Brass Band at East Hoathly on Saturday 8th June and also at the Chiddingly Fete on Saturday June 15th
2012 NEWS REPORT
Christmas for Creatures.
Sunday 16th December 2012
Warbleton Brass Band's Christmas concert was in support of Raystede Animal Sanctuary this year and we were very pleased to welcome their C.E.O. Nigel Mason to tell us about the important work that Raystede does in the community.
The band assembled and were greeted by a full hall of appreciative music lovers who were not disappointed by the fayre they were about to be served. As usual,the concert was a mixture of modern and traditional - the first half for the former and the second half a more festive flavour. The Best of Bond was a great success as an opener and Christmas Bolero closed the show,after which there was an encore of We Wish You a Merry Christmas...and indeed we do. We would like to thank the guests who played with us and helped us create a wonderful sound.
See and hear the band at a variety of venues around Rushlake Green in the build up to Christmas and we wish all our followers the compliments of the season.
Remembrance Concert,Burwash Village Hall
Solo Horn's Swan Song.
Saturday 10th November
The concert was a bitter sweet occasion for the band inasmuch as it was the swan song of the solo horn - a player who has shown expertise and virtuosity in this role, indeed his rendition of the Rondo from Mozart's horn Allegro was a smooth and polished performance. He will be missed and the band wish him well.
The band filled the stage and the auditorium held a small but appreciative audience; the concert was very well received with a mixed and varied programme in the first half, changing to a more reflective tone in the second half as befitting the occasion. Nimrod was beautifully played - a piece so well known that perfection is expected. Evening Hymn and Sunset closed the concert and the band was home in time for tea.
See and hear Warbleton Brass Band at their Christmas concert on Sunday December 16th at Dunn Village Hall in Rushlake Green and thereafter playing locally for the festive season.
Cowbeech Dig For Victory.
...Anyone experiencing a sinking feeling?
Sunday 5th August
The Cowbeech Dig for Victory occasion is one of those quirky, idosyncratic and very English affairs in which the Afrika Corps - complete with Kubel wagon and replica MG 42 meets Captain Mainwaring. The juxtaposition is slightly surreal but very good natured. The band was sited in a swamp and the book stall did a roaring trade as tomes were purchased to act as stub plates! Once again a rich and varied musical fayre was enjoyed by a very appreciative audience, although Born Free was not re-born; the writer fears it has been consigned to the shredder of musical aspiration!
Ellie won the Prettiest Bitch award and the band sank lower,thanks to the consumption of Flugley's excellent cakes. After a brief delay before the second half of the performance - Mr. Punch having mislaid his truncheon - the band finished with 'Sussex' and were congratulated by a very generous audience.
Punnetts Town - Private Engagement
Up Close and Personal!
Saturday 4th August
The band is very flexible - in the literal sense - it can be fitted between a Doctor's surgery and a village hall and still function very nicely,thank you. A private occasion on home ground and the weather was very pleasant - late Summer and early Autumn would be a good description. Many of the party goers were good friends of the band and it was a real pleasure to see them coming out to enjoy the evening sunshine and the rich musical fayre that the band had to offer. A lovely, gentle occasion.
Warbleton Brass Band Proms
Hampers and Champers - Summertime?
Sunday 29th July
The interrogative nature of the title belies the irony behind the question mark as the assembled band were on the point of starting the concert when the heavens opened and Summer disappeared; happily, plan B in the form of the marquee was available and the entire concert was performed within its confines and out of the wind which was threatening to be disruptive. All the hours of practise came to fruition in this concert and the band really did sound good, except perhaps the first chromatic scale in "Pomp and Circumstance" - but apart from that the programme was pretty polished.
The band was joined by mezzo soprano Sidonie Winter whose powerful voice was enhanced by the surprisingly good acoustic quality of the venue. Percussion demonstrated his versatility at the start of "Soul Bossa Nova" and the closing numbers of the programme provided an atmosphere which would not have disgraced the Albert Hall.
Many thanks to the helpers whose efforts enhanced the sound, grateful thanks to Sidonie Winter who not only sounded but also looked magnificent and thanks to the residents of Rushlake Green for supporting their very own village band so admirably.
Rushlake Green Flower Show - A Very English Occasion
Saturday 28th July
What can be more English that a village flower show with an English brass band, Warbleton Brass Band? A lovely day heralded the annual flower show at Rushlake Green and the sun shone throughout, enabling Summer dresses to be worn and sun cream to be applied - the band's new ties looked very smart...and with a stirring rendition of Barnard Castle they were off.
A brass band provides a backdrop to a traditional pastoral scene and such was the case here but let no one assume that it is merely musical wall paper - not under the steely eye of the MD for whom "Born Free" needed a whiff of gas and air before emerging as a coordinated piece of music!
The interval enabled the band to explore the tea tent while a certain member was spotted indulging her passion for cup cakes! "Happy Birthday" was played, adding to the enjoyment of two ladies whose 90th birthdays were being celebrated and the band concluded with "Sussex" after which they adjourned to the village hall for the annual band tea - for which they offer grateful thanks. See and hear the band at Cowbeech Dig for Victory on Sunday August 5th from 2pm.
Chiddlingly Fete - And the band played on !!
Saturday 14th July
A glance at the weather forecast should have forewarned the hopeful but the fete was ON and the band gathered under the security of two gazebos - little did they know! The MD made a masterful contribution as vocal percussionist - Soul Bossa Nova was a triumph of baton solos. The skies darkened - heralding a downpour of biblical proportions, accompanied by thunder and lightning which almost kept time with the baton. Then, suddenly, the second horn disappeared under a veritable waterfall - Rebecca Addlington ? At the same time the basses were inundated as the gazebos revealed their design flaws - and the band played on. "Nearer My God To Thee" and "Eternal Father Strong To Save" demonstrated the band's flexibility and humour in adversity and they didn't miss a beat - indeed, one of the basses demonstrated admirable good sense by donning a garment which would have enabled her to take a ride on the "Maid of the Mist".
See and hear the band at their next engagement on Saturday July 29 at Rushlake Green Flower Show - followed the next day by the Proms on the Green - an event to savour.
Bodle Street Green - Playing on a Summer's Afternoon...
Saturday 30th June
What a joy to be out in the sunshine, uninterrupted by rain - the rain that has become a constant feature of this Summer season ; but this occasion proved to be the exception to the rule and the band sizzled under their caps and Panamas. One of the members was so keen to get started that he arrived at 12.00 only to find he was on his own for quite a while.
Once assembled the band launched into Barnard Castle and away they went. The writer managed "To a Wild Rose" and thanks the members for their generous comments. "Born Free" was a triumph of improvisation and demonstrated the tenacity of the band in adversity (!) and the percussion coped masterfully with a score free "Soul Bossa Nova".
The Bodle Street Green event is a lovely occasion and was enjoyed by all. Thanks to the visiting musicians who swelled the sound and you can see and hear the band at Chiddingly fete on Saturday 14th July.
2011 NEWS REPORT
Saturday 4th December 2011
The weather was kind to us this year,remember last year when we had to cancel ? The Christmas Concert is very much a home fixture and as such the band needed to be at their best. Before the off the MD admitted to being nervous - home supporters and all that - but there were enough guests to swell the ranks and put on a good show. Mission Impossible kicked us off - the MD counting us in with an interesting variety of time signatures but the quality of the piece set the tone for the concert. One - nil to the band, so far - so good. The concert proceeded smoothly and was warmly received - but Colonel Bogey threatened to disrupt things,until the MD - in a brilliant exhibition of intuition - cut it. Two - nil to the band. With " Those Magnificent Men...' percussion was in his element, leading him to his tour de force - Ravel's Bolero which he accompanied with metronomic precision.
Half time and a well earned cup of tea. The MD professed satisfaction with the performance so far and relaxed enough to switch off her mobile 'phone - crikey !! The second half saw the band in full swing - playing unrehearsed carols to an unrehearsed audience - Lion King was cut, three - nil to the band and then - the big one ! Silent Night - arranged in 6 flats and 4 sharps. The MD concealed her nerves but the kitchen was standing by with the magic sponge and mince pies. The result - magnificent , four - nil and from there the band romped in to a well earned home success.
Many thanks to the numerous guests who turned out to swell the sound and with that we wish you a Merry Christmas.
See and hear the band at a variety of locations over the festive season. Like brass ? Love Warbleton Brass Band !
Burwash Village Hall, Concert for Remembrance.
Saturday 12th November 2011
Nice to be performing in a traditional village hall with a proscenium arch stage,lighting and a green room. The audience may be forgiven for thinking that the band were suffering from jaundice - one of the flood lights was bright yellow - and traversing the front of the stage was not for the faint hearted. Notwithstanding this,the band were shoehorned into position and off they went with a mixed and varied first half which was very well received by a large and appreciative audience.The percussion for Bolero was metronomic ! The second half reflected the serious nature of the concert - that of Remembrance for the Fallen. There was a palpable hush as the last notes of Nimrod faded and with the band's recent loss,the rendition of Evening Hymn and Sunset was particularly poignant.Our thanks go to guests who swelled the sound and to the flugly and her husband for arranging the concert which was warmly applauded. Devotees can see and hear the band on Saturday December 4 at Dunn Village Hall,starting at 3pm. Like Brass? Love Warbleton Brass Band !
Harvest Festival Celebration St. Philips Church, Burwash Common.
Sunday 2nd October 2011
In the writer's opinion there is nothing more challenging and satisfying than small ensemble playing,especially in a traditional setting of a rural harvest festival. Judging from the comments received from the congregation they were well pleased with the contribution from the band and the acoustic of the church enriched the sound of the brass. Tea and cake afterwards was very welcome and on a personal note,it was good to be back among friends. See and hear the band at Burwash village hall on Saturday November 12 starting at 3pm.
Cowbeech - Dig For Victory
Sunday 7th August 2011
Sunday afternoons saw us once again, playing at the Merry Harriers, Cowbeech. Our illustrious MD made up the numbers in the bass section while our principle cornet (her husband) lead from the front on what proved to be a most enjoyable afternoon. The band played a good selection of wartime favourites along with some more up to date numbers and the odd stone age hit. The event was packed with visitors and the weather managed to remain dry. A chocolate creation, provided by myself, was gratefully devoured in the interval!! Thanks must go to our visiting players who came along and contributed admirably to the afternoons performance. Next stop, Chiddingly!
Flugley (in the absence, again, of 2nd Bari)
Hampers & Champers on the Green
Sunday 31st July 2011
The band performed at its second annual Hampers and Champers Proms on the Green on Sunday following the Flower Show. It couldn’t have been a better evening as the sun shone the entire time. Promenaders gradually wandered onto the Green with picnic baskets, chairs, blankets etc until there were about 130 in all. We were joined by Mezzo Soprano Sidonie Winter and the evening opened with a cracking rendition from ‘Phantom of The Opera’ and there followed a variety of tunes both rousing and solemn. Sidonie sang two solos – The Last Rose of Summer and Bless This House and joined in with all the old favourites including Fantasy of British Sea Songs, Rule Britannia and of course the obligatory and much loved ‘Pomp and Circumstance’ better known as ‘Land of Hope and Glory’. Our immaculately arranged fly past took place as planned with the 8.30pm Cathay Pacific Flight from Hong Kong to Heathrow leaving the vapour trail (planned to the second you understand) across a perfectly blue sky. Sadly, the conditions were obviously not perfect for a loop the loop!! As the sun started to sink towards the horizon and the popping of corks diminished, the band played ‘Evening Hymn and Sunset’ as an encore. It was a fantastic evening, enjoyed by so many and a good deal was raised for the band in generous donations. This will help significantly towards the maintenance of instruments, new jackets for our valued new arrivals and towards our many opverheads. A big thank you to all who attended and to some of our good friends who came along to play with us – it was much appreciated. So, next year, bigger and better! Put it in your diary. The Sunday after the Flower Show which is always the last Saturday in July. Thank you to everyone who made the evening so special.
Love from Flugey. (In the absence of 2nd Bari)
Warbleton & District Flower Show
Saturday 30th July 2011
A very small gazebo welcomed us onto the Green! Another was on it’s way but there was a fight to get into the shade for a while there!! Fortunately, nobody was hurt and it was all very friendly.
The weather was fabulous and and everyone was very appreciative of the performance.
Two short-ish sets were played with some of the old favourites and one or two later additions to our repertoire. The blue caps were out in force (some entire and some topless).
The traditional tea was served up to the band after the show and a fine spread was enjoyed by all and for which we thank Jean and her helpers. We would also like to take this opportunity to wish our MD and her husband, principle cornet extraordinaire, a very happy Wedding Anniversary for 1st August.
Barcombe Concert - Warbleton Wows Audience
Saturday May 28th 2011
A new venue is always rather daunting ; will the acoustics be right,will there be enough chairs,is there a green room,can we get a cup of tea and ,most important, will the pies be ready ?
Warbleton Brass Band needn't have worried as most of the boxes were ticked when they gathered for Barcombe's new village hall inaugural concert and ,boy,did they sound good !
The MD had selected a programme that reflected the band's movement with the times - some numbers for the
purists and some great arrangements for those wanting a more contemporary sound. This was enhanced by the presence of a guest solo cornet whose rendition of Send in the Clowns was controlled and melodic,while the horns and flugel combined in a honey toned True Love Ways.
The second half started in a very novel fashion with the entry of a host of jungle creatures to the accompaniment of a percussion solo at the start of Disney Fantasy and all to quickly the concert concluded with Sussex by the Sea. Our thanks to the guest players who joined us for the evening and our appreciation goes to the audience for their enthusiastic applause.
See and hear the Warbleton Brass Band on Saturday June 25th at Bodle Street Green Village Fete from 2pm to 4pm.
Like brass ? Love Warbleton Brass Band !
Spring / Christmas Concert
Sunday March 26th 2011
Inclement weather forced the cancellation of the Christmas concert and so this took its place and very successful it was too. Our youngest members celebrated their debut with the band and we hope that it marked the start of a long and happy association for them. Their playing in ' All in the April Evening ' was delightful. The MD was pleased to welcome a full horn and trombone section which swelled the sound whilst the second bari contained his sense of panic when it was realised that he was the only bari for the first half !
A rich and varied concert was enjoyed by all, especially ' True Love Ways ' in which the horns and flugle combined in a honey toned solo and the general opinion was that the band sounded very good indeed - the MD expressed satisfaction.
Our thanks to the guest players, always welcome on such occasions, and followers can see and hear the band as the
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2010 NEWS REPORT
Sunday August 15th 2010 - Warbleton Brass Band Keep Their Heads. Hever Castle Debut.
Hever Castle-debut recital-thousands of visitors-threat of execution-no pressure then !! In order to obviate the accusation of tardiness the writer arrived at the venue two hours early and at the appointed hour the Warbleton
Brass Band struck up the opening bars of NFB and there was no looking back back-the weather was perfect,the audience appreciative and we had a big blow ahead of us.
Lunch resembled feeding time for the gannets as cakes,teas and the remains of yesterday's sandwiches were
consumed-one member of the back row-he of the David Bailey proclivities-showed us exactly how to demolish doorstep cheese and onion ! On the arrival of King Henry V111 and his mounted entourage there was a scramble amongst the rose growers for shovels and buckets and after the jousting the band played on. Prior to the rendition
Alicante the percussionist was heard to admit that while he had no castanets he would shake his maraccas with verve-Verve no less !
The Conquest of Paradise was a triumph and I hear that The Almighty has booked the band to play it as an accompaniment to the End of the World !! The writer hopes it is not presumptuous to suggest that the recital
was very well received and we thank our visiting musicians for their valuable contribution.
See and hear the Warbleton Brass Band at their next engagement at Burwash Common fete on Saturday
September 11th from 2.00pm. Like brass ? Love Warbleton Brass Band !
Mr. and Mrs. Second Baris Silver Wedding.
Saturday August 14th 2010 - WOW!!
This is one of those rare occasions where I shall write this report in the first person and I shall be brief. Manda and I wanted to share our love and affection with all the friends who have supported us during the twenty five years of our marriage,hence the occasion at Dunn Village Hall. We thank the band from the bottom of our hearts,especially the MD who gave me a purpose. We hope you enjoyed it- the comments we have received have all been glowing and,yes,the Turb Team are looking for wing walkers !! With our love, Brian and Amanda.xx
Cowbeech Flower Show
Sunday August 8th 2010 - Warbleton Wows WW2 Whoopee !!
What a simply marvellous engagement this turned out to be ! The weather played ball and the band played on-to the extent that one or two lips were beginning to go-but� ,boy,they sounded good. Many thanks to Sam the drummer and congratulations to him for coping with unfamiliar music-he handled it like a pro. The writer was honoured to be sitting next to the MD who was debuting on solo horn . Intimidating? Well,yes actually,for a bit, but the writer need not have worried as he has been so well taught that he dare not put a foot wrong. At one stage an aeroplane had a good look at proceedings but it was one of ours. The whole event was simply delightful and the visitors were very appreciative. The Band finished in traditional style with its rendering of Sussex and they then wished ' Happy Birthday' to First Bari. What a lovely afternoon ! See and hear the Warbleton Brass Band at Hever Castle next Sunday from 12.00.
Concert on the Green
Sunday August 1st 2010
This concert was an evening event coming hard on the heels of the Flower Show and although the weather was not as one should expect for the beginning of August at least it didn't rain. The Band turned out in full uniform and looked really splendid;they were joined by a small but appreciative audience who enjoyed a number of new arrangements which included Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance and Henry Wood's Sea Fantasia. In the evening light the whole event looked very atmospheric and was warmly applauded. Our thanks to guest musicians who enhanced the sound and it is hoped that the Concert on the Green will become an annual event.
Warbleton Flower Show - Rushlake Green
Saturday July 31st 2010 - The Duckznchuckz Ensemble.
After a short break the full strength band assembled at their home venue to provide entertainment throughout the afternoon;well,that was plan... but... ' he who pays the piper...' No gazebo this year but a negotiated site next to the maquee,twixt the duckznchuckz and the road.
An extensive programme was listed,alas-due to the somewhat haphazard communication and competition with the dog show - an abbreviated programme was presented,despite the exhortations of the large audience who were clearly enjoying the music more than the canine capers in the main ring. Such is life-the writer wonders what it would be like trying to play a brass programme at Crufts !!
The new uniform caps were issued,solving the problem of individual choice of head gear. The engagement ended with a rousing version of the Floral Dance,accompanied by dancing from younger members of the audience and as the chuckznduckz vied with the canine chorus the Warbleton Brass Band melted away.
Bodle Street Green Village Fete
Saturday July 3rd 2010 - Sardines!!.
The Warbleton Brass Band assembled at the unusually named venue of Bodle Street Green in simply wonderful weather. The ' Green ' was perhaps something of an optimistic description,but like packing a suitcase for a holiday-you can get it all in if you really want to. So it proved as the players squeezed under the shelter of the gazebo-all,that is,except the back row,the MD and percussion; a belated warm welcome to him-the whole band really appreciates his expertise. The fete had everything and the sunny weather was a joy.
The MD was confident that the band could set the tone for the afternoon by starting with Mecklenburg and so it proved-perhaps the sound was enhanced by the bijou nature of the seating-but it did sound good and was greeted with ripples of appreciative applause. At the interval delicious cheese biscuits were provided by the flugly and
chocolate brownies were offered from the bass department in celebration of a birthday. Scrummy! The absence of the Games Mistress meant that the Gentlemen claimed a victory by default and the Ladies missed a golden opportunity here - perhaps something to do with too much sun,delicate complexions etc.etc. Bad luck,Ladies. Before the final set a lively discussion was had regarding the most effective ways of using aerosol sprays when house training pets;Warbleton Brass Band always seeks to maintain a high moral plain - and a high level of hilarity.
The rendition of 'Sussex' brought proceedings to a close and a very pleasant time was had by all. Sincere thanks to visiting musicians who contributed so much to the afternoon.
The band can be seen and heard at Warbleton Flower Show on Saturday July 31.
Like brass ? Love Warbleton Brass Band !
Laughton Village Fete
Saturday June 26th 2010 - A Lovely Summer Day.
After the challenge of Punnetts Town,in which the band showed that duty triumphed over adversity,Warbleton Brass Band assembled under the familiar oak tree,close to,the tea and cakes, in simply lovely,balmy Summer weather.
With the MD,her of the iron baton, and others playing with Brass Fusion at Henfield,we were endebted to helpers- which included he of the Keira Knightly fan club and with the amazing sight reading,which was,well,amazing-it says here !
He called the tunes and the band responded with a really rich,warm sound. The slight glitch at the start of YMCA was not of Apollo 13 proportions and the band played on.
Laughton was the venue of the writer's first engagement with Warbleton Brass Band a mere two years ago. Has he made any progress ? Well,he can distinguish the difference between a quaver and a Mars bar so that's something ! On to the silly game-bowling-which was conclusively won by the Gentlemen-one of whose number recorded a remarkable total which created a certain amount of disquiet among the Ladies;just not good enough girls.
After the traditional conclusion with the playing ' Sussex ' the band were invited to play more by two members of the Glynde and Beddingham band but with contractual obligations fulfilled,the performance was over.
See and hear the band at Bodle Street Green Fete on Saturday July 3rd from 2pm.
Like brass ? Love Warbleton Brass Band !
Punnetts Town Fete
Saturday June 19th 2010 - Rain Stopped Play!
As the clouds gathered around the green sward of Punnetts Town so the band gathered to celebrate the ' opening ' of the impressive new village hall which really is a lovely building and is a tribute to the fund raising efforts of the villagers.
A discussion between two band members regarding the efficacy of strong language in the control of pain took place and surprise was expressed when it was revealed that certain expletives do seem to relieve certain symptoms.
The dilemma is this ; take pain killers and fall asleep during the rendition of Mecklenburg or grit ones teeth through deleted expletives. Decisions,decisions!
With the MD hammering at Shepton we were pleased to be under the baton of a guest conductor who proved to be a knowledgeable and expert substitute-his gentle encouragement and dry sense of humour was much
appreciated and his admission that he had " dropped off " towards the end of ' It's Raining Men ' created genuine hilarity.
On with the music and all went very well until ' Congratulations ' in the middle of which was an actual baton solo ! And the rain came down-the dress code was perhaps a little optimistc-the refreshment counter could have done a roaring trade in hot soup ! Finally,with leaden skies threatening,the band launched ( and the writer uses the
word advisedly ) into Pirates of the Caribbean played with gusto and some gurgling as the rain slashed across the proceedings like an angry knife. Undeterred and with sense of duty prevailing,the band finished to great applause as the ship slowly slipped beneath the waters and the entertainment was mercifully concluded for the day !
The writer learned of a rumour that the Ladies had challenged the Gentlemen to a juggling contest:the Gentlemen considered that this was beneath their dignity - being experts at juggling family budgets,household bills and the like - and declined to participate .
The upshot being that the Ladies claimed a walkover and the score now stands at 1 all. Sauce !!
See and hear the Warbleton Brass Band on Saturday June 26 from 1.45pm at Laughton Fete.
Saturday June 12th 2010.
With embouchures honed to perfection by the Spring Concert Warbleton Brass Band assembled at Chiddingly rectory for the Church fete. What could be more traditional;church fete,cricket match in progress and, over the hedge,the Southern Area Harley Davidson Club at their Summer camp. With the afternoon sun glinting on gleaming metal,with
brass,silver and steel gleaming, the band looked splendid-the Harleys weren't bad either ! Before the first note sounded a visiting musician was observed in a state of undress-displaying his impressive six pack as he changed his shirt-and the band played on ! Scones were provided by the flugly-delicious-and the sartorial elegance and colourful nature of sun hats was noted by the MD.
At the interval the more competitive members of the band adjourned for the first round of this season's silly game-which was convincingly won by the gentlemen despite a magnificent effort by the MD. A spirited discussion regarding girth was quelled by the raising of the baton and the recital ended in traditional fashion with the rendition of Sussex.
See and hear the band at their next engagement at Punnetts Town Village Fete on Saturday June 19th.
2009 NEWS REPORT
Burwash Common Fete.
Saturday September 4th 2009.
The Final Blow of the Season.
As Summer moves towards Autumn so the final engagement of the season arrived and the band assembled at Burwash Common in beautiful weather and pleasant surroundings. However,it was decided to relocate the gazebo owing to distractions of an olfactory nature emanating from the pavilion drains-even then, these distractions continued to manifest themselves. Undaunted,the band played on ! A distraction of an auditory nature was provided by one of the PA speakers-next time a swift rotation of said speaker will remedy this. With her customary good humour,patience and occasional gritted teeth,the MD controlled proceedings and the band responded with tuneful enthusiasm which was appreciated by the visitors which included a wedding party who were most impressed with the rendition of Congratulations-played not once but twice ! At the break delicious scones were provided by the flugel player who professed to be fascinated by the MC's admission to play a 3 inch harmonica-down tiger !!
The second half concluded with Sussex by the Sea and was greeted with enthusiastic applause . The final Ladies versus Gentlemen competition did not take place owing to various other commitments and so the result of this fiercely fought contest was 3 all. Well done,everybody.
Our sincere thanks go to all those who have helped the band this season and,on a personal note,the writer would like to thank the MD for her encouragement and First Bari for her support.
See and hear the band during the Festive Season and until the next time,goodbye.
Framfield and Blackboys Fete.
Saturday,August 8th 2009.
The Bark Choral,
Summer fetes in England are slightly idiosyncratic inasmuch as they comprise certain 'must have' events : Guess the Name of the Teddy Bear,Weight of the Cake,Balloon Race,Soak the Vicar-to name but a few. The Framfield and Blackboys Fete had Terrier Racing,next to which the band assembled 'neath an extensive gazebo. In addition, one special event could not have been missed-Wheelbarrow Racing, of which more anon! A beautiful day greeted fete goers and the band played a rich and varied programme,providing a wonderful and atmospheric accompaniment to the canine chaos which descended every time the terriers were put into their traps prior to their races-which were often. Crescendo da capo,I think ! Our MD maintained discipline and control despite competition from the MC! " Right,when he draws a breath..." she was heard to say through gritted teeth ! And so to the Wheelbarrow racing. The Ladies versus Gentlemen race ensued and even prior to the off the result was in no doubt,the winner hurling his passenger across the line with panache whilst there was a certain amount of ' trundling ' among the also rans-who,it has to be said,entered the event with great enthusiasm. So-3 all and everything to play for as the fete season draws to a close. Refreshments were provided by a member of the bass section-scrummy-and the terriers raced on !!
Merrie Harriers - Cowbeech
Sunday August 2nd 2009.
The weather was kind, considering the previous day's downpours. The band set up near the tea tent and overlooking the usual displays of stalls all around the field. Having strolled round sussing out the competitions ready for the usual 'men v women' break time challenge, it was a choice between maggot racing and hay sack tossing!! Not the best of challenges but after a few 'heated' discussions it was decided that the hay tossing would have to suffice. Our first session of playing was, as usual, well received especially by one elderly gentleman who took great delight in recognising the marches we included in our programme. Now it was time for a quick cup of tea and down to the competition.Luckily the apparatus had been set up but not been put to use so it didn't cost us anything to run the challenge. Our principal cornet (and most competitive) member began the game. As two of the ladies guided(!) the rope higher the challenge was set for each person. After many a toss it was all between our female flugelhorn and our male cornet - the determination showed on both faces. Unfortunately (despite help from the rope guiders!) the men won the challenge - only just I hasten to add. Official score now stands at 3 -2 to the ladies.Back to playing with a few aching arms.We followed two wonderful ladies who had serenaded the crowd with topical wartime songs. The whole afternoon's playing and competing was rounded off nicely by our flugel player producing one of the largest cakes I have seen. Apparently someone offered to buy it as she carried it into the event!! What's on the menu next week? We performed many a genre of music, again including some wartime marches and ended with our usual signature tune 'Sussex by the Sea'.
Concert on the Green,Rushlake Green.
Sunday July 26th 2009
The band assembled on the green to play a concert devoted to fundraising for band uniforms ( the writer has yet to be presented with a jacket! ) and although the programme initially provided accompaniment to the rounders game an appreciative audience soon gathered round and enjoyed an excellent couple of hours. Some amusement was had in the middle section during a detailed discussion on First Aid and CPR but order was restored and although pegs and music were threatened by the gathering wind and drizzle the band played a varied programme which concluded with its traditional finale and was enjoyed by the audience who braved the elements. The writer earnestly hopes to be the recipient of the aforementioned jacket in the near future!
Warbleton Flower Show, Rushlake Green.
Saturday July 25th 2009
A beautiful Summer's day greeted the band as they set up 'neath the gazebos on the green to contribute to a traditional English afternoon; the peg bag came into its own as the breeze,not content with being a gentle zephyr,increased to being a slightly disruptive Sou'Westerly ! After several enthusiastic announcements from the MC the programme commenced-Nights in White Satin almost making the grade ! Earlier,a member of the bass section announced that it was their first anniversary of joining the band and that the competition would be Bowling...and with that,the band played on. At one stage in the procedings the Musical Director confessed to having never been a sports champion but she then availed band members with the secrets of aerodynamics and how its scientific application ensured success in the egg and spoon race! A member of the middle section provided Welsh cakes which were consumed during the first few seconds of the interval and then the Bowling competition took place:a tie was declared which necessitated a play off between the aforementioned member of the bass section and middle section and amidst much crowing and heckling the Ladies won. The band concluded its programme with its signature tune of Sussex by the Sea and a sizeable and appreciative audience were very generous in their applause. Second Bari.
Saturday July 11th 2009
After a truly typical Summer morning of heavy drizzle and temperatures in the mid teens the band assembled under the beech trees in the Old Vicarage garden and after some diplomatic negotiations about chairs they managed to play seated ! The fete was opened by actor Bob Hoskins who was,according to our Band Master,quite delightful . Photographs were taken. The programme was an extensive rendition of traditional and modern and the setting was excellent.
Home made coffee and walnut sponge was provided and cups of tea were consumed-the percussion section achieved the notable feat of eating cake and drumming simultaneously! The competition-filling the jar with marbles-was allegedly won by the Ladies but this was loudly contested by a member of the front row and the writer is unsure of the final outcome but will court controversy by assuming the Gentlemen won !
The rain held off until the band had concluded their programme with ' Sussex ' and the assembled throng were generous in their applause.
Punnetts Town School Fete.
Friday July 10th 2009
The weather looked decidedly doubtful as the band assembled in the school playground-typical early July and the aftermath of the heatwave so we had grey,scudding clouds and the threat of rain but it held off and the band played on,starting the programme with a stirring rendition of Barnard Castle and setting the tone with a mixture of traditional and modern .
The writer acknowledges that a section of Nights in White Satin has become something of an issue-a baton solo-and is resolved to put the matter right in the very near future !
Refreshments were taken,the quiche being particularly delicious but the suggested competition-how many burgers in three minutes-did not materialise;good taste must be preserved .
The gentle rebuke levelled at a certain member for tardiness was countered by a helpful suggestion about Planning...whereupon the band found itself in direct competition with the announcement of the results of the raffle and the programme was prematurely concluded without the playing of 'Sussex.' However,the appreciative audience were generous in their applause.
Saturday July 4th 2009
There is nothing quite like a traditional English village fete to banish all thoughts of political skullduggery, credit crunch, price of diesel etc and while the magnificent Williams sisters fought for glory on Centre Court, the Warbleton Brass Band assembled in the sunshine with most under the old oak tree.
The high winds that beset last year's event were absent and we were not situated next to the barbeque - the writer finds it rather incongrous to be playing ' English Country Garden ' assailed by fumes and smoke from burning burgers !! A wide range of music was played , albeit in a slightly abbreviated programme, and occasional murmurs of approval were heard form the Musical Director who, in addition to wielding her baton, gave practical advice on how to keep cold drinks cold.
Having won the Ferret Racing at a previous event, a challenge was issued by the ladies in the matter of Welly Whanging and despite their efforts - which at one stage came close to encroaching on spectators' space - the event was conclusively won by the gentlemen with an amazing Whang by the percussion section. Ladies and gentlemen are now level pegging.
Delicious buttered scones were provided by a member of the back row and there was a suggestion from the bass department that a cake competition may ensue. Watch this space. The afternoon was concluded with ' Sussex by the Sea ' and was greeted by a ripple of applause from the appreciative audience.
Second Bari .
East Hoathly Church
Saturday June 13th 2009
A beautiful day for a traditional fete on the lawn of the Rectory greeted the band as they arrived for what turned out to be an extensive programme. As in a previous engagement we were seated on a slope but, undaunted, the band commenced playing, to the appreciation of all. One member eventually overcame the embarrassment of forgetting to bring his music-the back up system provided by our Secretary caters for just these eventualities and his music soon arrived: in the meantime his sight reading was focused ! The aforementioned member was also prevailed upon by his colleagues to say a few words to the assembled throng after which the band played on. Several members provided delicious snacks for an al fresco lunch after which Ferret Racing was enjoyed by the ladies and gentlemen-a final race being won by a lady member. Towards the end of the engagement requests were played and the band concluded with their keynote of Sussex by the Sea.
Mid May Wedding Reception, Punnett's Town
Saturday May 16th 2009
In spite of previous showers,the band gathered in fine weather to play for arriving guests. The marquee was pitched on an incline making the members feel as though they were on the deck of the Titanic - at the early part of its plunge - but fortified with cups of tea, the band played on !
The selection of music sought to establish an English garden party atmosphere which was well sustained throughout, being only slightly compromised by the rendition of Chanson d'Amour and YMCA - both of which were enthusiastically received by the audience as they strolled through. The inclusion of Teddy Bears' Picnic was a surprise item,especially to those whose sight reading is still rather challenged.
Towards the end of the engagement the entire band were invited to make room for the construction of a discotheque ; this placed them on the dance floor in close proximity to the ornate wedding cake which was seen to remain on its plinth !
After a vote of thanks the band concluded with its signature piece - 'Sussex by the Sea' - and a pleasant time was had by all.