A sad start to what was going to be another busy and sucsesfull year for both the band and the charities we support.
The Warbleton Brass Band has followed the Government guidelines on social distancing and self isolation and therefore will be closing its doors for the duration of the pandemic. It is a sad day in the bands history as the only times the band has seen its doors closed in its 125 year history was during the first and second world wars. Let's all hope it won't be too long before we are back playing again.
ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL YEAR
We would like to thank everyone who came along and supported us throughout the year and especially the Christmas period. We enjoyed entertaining everyone and raised a lot of money for Charity. The band is proud of its Support for different Charities throughout the year. The three main Charities this year were MacMillan Cancer Support, The British Legion and The Children's Respite Trust. Warbleton Brass Band are a community band that believes in bringing music to the whole community, whether that's playing round Rushlake Green or in Heathfield High Street the aim is the same. We would like to wish everyone a happy new year and hope to see you all in 2020.
Heathfield Fun Day and Our Christmas Concert 30th November and 1st December.
We enjoyed a busy weekend playing carols for the Opening of the Heathfield Christmas Fun Day on Saturday and our Christmas concert on Sunday. We must thank John Abbott from the Heathfield Chamber of Commerce for inviting us to play at the Fun Day and the late night shopping. It was a pleasure to be a part of the festivities. We must also thank all those that gave so generously towards The Children's Respite Trust. Our Christmas concert was another great success. It's always a delight to play to such an enthusiastic audience. This year we not only had the audience singing but participating. We played the popular German folk song Schneewalzer where the audience traditionally sway from side to side with the occasional gentle rise from their seat. It's been such a positive start to our Christmas season and you can follow us at all our upcoming festive appearances throughout December.
Remembrance Concert 9th November 2019
It is always good to play for such a great cause and at a time when everyone's minds are focused on remembering those that have died for their country. The Royal British Legion rely on the generosity of everyone to help those service men and women in need. The concert started with a march on by 7 members of the band playing The British Legion March. Although the Theme of the concert was remembrance with many old wartime favourites there was a lighter element with hits such as Those magnificent men in their flying machines. It was unfortunate that many were unable to attend due to the bad weather. Let's hope this becomes an annual event to support the Royal British Legion.
Macmillan Coffee Evening 27th September 2019
Fantastic evening of fun. Over 20 pieces played all chosen by the audience. The list of music to choose from was long and varied in genres and speed. Unfortunately for the band the audience were in high spirits and upbeat. This resulted in upbeat (fast) music being chosen. When Sussex by the Sea was chosen Sian took the opportunity to hand over the stick to one of the youngest in the audience to conduct the band, and a brilliant job he did. Lots of money was raised for Macmillan Cancer Support and we all had cake!!! Thanks to all our supporters, friends and family who made it possible.
Massed Band at Tonbridge Castle 15th September 2019
Warbleton Brass Band were proud to have taken part in the massed band performance organised by the Cranbrook Town Band. The performance was in aid of McMillan Cancer Support. Warbleton were just one of many local bands invited to join Cranbrook at Tonbridge Castle on a lovely sunny afternoon to raise money for this very worthy charity. Other local brass bands invited to play included Wadhurst, LGB, Battle and Uckfield who all wore their own uniforms and dressed their stands with their own banners.
Crowborough Fayre 14th September 2019
It was great to be invited back to Crowborough to join in their afternoon carnival celebrations. We were just a small part of the extensive entertainment including dancing, juggling and fire eating. During our last session the audience were invited to show their skills with a hula-hoop. I'm sure the music allowed them to swing to the rhythm.
Le Marche Heathfield September 26th 2019
From the reaction of the crowds and the online responses, this year's Le Marche performance was the best yet. This year Sian allowed a brief moment between pieces to allow the audience to show their appreciation.
Eric Kemp who does such a great job organising the music for the event showed his great dexterity in finding the smallest of break in the free flowing music to announce to the ever growing crowds the extensive line up for the rest of the day. Eric has always insisted that music on the stage must be upbeat and popular, we hope our performance ticked all his boxes. Despite the high temperatures we managed 19 pieces in the allotted hour.
27th, 28th and 29th July 2019
It has been a busy weekend for the band with two engagements and the memorial service for our President Judith.
Saturday was the annual Rushlake Green Flower Show. After a wet morning we were fortunate to enjoy a dry but overcast afternoon. The band is always an important part of this event. Sunday evening was our Proms on the Green. Our Musical Director was on site early to assess the weather. Are we going to be inside or out? A difficult call to make as once the decision is made and the band have set up it would be difficult to move. So after Sian had taken many metrological readings, she felt the risk of the band's music disappearing in the wind and the associated problems that would follow was too high. Therefore with great regret we played in the Marquee. We were joined this year by the Southdown Singers, a choir we have formed a close association over the years. The choirs contribution was appreciated by both the band and the audience. Make sure you all put the 26th July 2020 at 6pm in your diary for next year's Proms on the Green.
Monday was the memorial service for our much loved President who sadly lost her fight with cancer. Judith was the life and soul of many of our concerts and was a very hands on President. We were honoured to play at the service, concluding with a very emotional rendition of Sussex by the Sea.
Rushlake Green Big Lunch 2nd June 2019
We couldn't have wished for better weather for the 6th annual Rushlake Green Big Lunch. Although we played some traditional summer favourites such as Strawberry Fair and the Floral Dance we started with the upbeat Brassed up Funk and finished with Glen Millers American Patrol. We also played The Happy Bandleader but many noticed our very own happy bandleader Sian was missing from the front of the band. She was there, instead of where's Wally it was where's Sian? You would have had to ventured round the back of the band to find her. She traded her little baton for an Eb Bass, and apparently she did very well back there. As a word of caution the back of the band is not for the faint hearted!!!
Our very own Angel in Blue received a highly commended award for her outstanding performance entertaining her fellow scarecrows outside the Horse and Groom Public House.
Eastbourne Bandstand 12th May 2019
The Band made its annual trip to the seaside to play on the Eastbourne Bandstand. It's always a pleasure to play in these beautiful surroundings. The band gave and entertaining and well received performance to a very appreciative and large audience who were able to enjoy the lovely atmosphere as well as the music. As usual we played various styles of music from the traditional to the present day popular music, including favourites from stage and screen.
Warbleton Brass Band Spring Concert 5th May 2019
Warbleton Brass Band would like to thank everyone who attended our Spring Concert and for such warm and appreciative support. This is an annual concert and just one of the many that are given by the band during the course of the year. A big thank you to everyone who dug deep and gave so generously to the retiring collection. We have always believed that as a community band our local concerts should be free. By having a retiring collection we allow the audience to give as little or as much as they are able. We are fortunate to have a B band that incorporates all ages and abilities with the more advanced helping those that are just embarking on their musical journey. The B band performed a selection of Beatles classics to show how well they have progressed as a group.
West Hoathly Church Concert
28th April 2019
St Margaret's Church in West Hoathly was the venue for our first concert of the year. This beautiful 15th century church provided fantastic acoustics for such a wide range of musical genres. Anyone's expectations that the music would be subdued and behind the times was soon dispelled with the sound of ABBA's greatest hits, Elton John and even AC/DC. It wasn't all rock and pop as the program also included popular music from Les Miserable and Schindlers List. We finished with the Sussex anthem to remind everyone that Sussex was once a united County and is of course.........by the sea.
The band would like to wish everyone a happy and successful 2019.
Warbleton Brass Band has enjoyed a busy 2018 with 24 public and 3 private engagements. The band prides itself on the money it donates to worthy charities throughout the year and wish to thank everyone who supported the band to make 2018 a great success. We hope to see you all in 2019.
2018 has also seen the training band grow significantly with many now regularly playing in the main band and hope this progression will continue into 2019. January is a perfect time for any budding musicians to take the first step to learning a lifelong skill. We welcome everybody regardless of ability, even if you have never played before. We are fortunate to have a professional music teacher to guide you through the learning process, with the help of experienced musicians and the loan of an instrument we will show you that with practice and determination you will soon be playing with confidence.
We offer this experience free of charge.
you can either ring Sian on 01273 493469 or message through our contact page.