D-day 80

Within the Band, remembrance is a massive priority. We are also keen to promote brass bands and remembrance within the youth of our local area. One of our members recently organised an afternoon at the D-day slipways at Beacon Quay in Torquay for a year group in his school. Our MD was pleased to go down and sound the Last Post whilst they placed a wreath on the memorial.

The slipways in Torquay are one of a pair built in May 1943 by the Royal Engineers for the D-Day embarkation of troops. The men of the U.S. 77th Infantry Division, destined for Utah Beach, embarked from here and many did not set foot on land again. On the 6th June, the Band will be remembering these soldiers and many like them at a service at Beacon Quay (outside the Harvester on Torquay Harbourside).

£1000 for Battersea

Congratulations to our band member and resident singer, Theresa, who completed the 26 mile Royal Parks Challenge. She ended up walking 29 miles (due to protests) in the rain and raised the amazing sum of £1000 for Battersea Dogs’ Home in memory of her dog Fozzie. Well done Theresa!

Concert at St Marychurch Parish Church

Our second concert this year was at the wonderful Parish Church in St Marychurch. The Band were raising money towards a project to bring back some very historic and important art to the Church. The Band were joined by Sally and Max and played some great numbers to another fabulous audience.

Concert for Myeloma and Cancer Research UK

Here are some photos from our first concert of the year in the wonderful Parish Church in Chudleigh. The concert was arranged by our percussionist Roger Biggin to help support the work of these two brilliant charities. We had a fabulous audience and raised £1000! Thank you to everyone who supported this event and a big thank you to Roger for organising this .

Band Person of the Year

Well done to Garry who was voted Band Person of the Year and received the Malcolm Nellist Memorial Cup at last night’s concert. The Chairman presented Garry with the cup, saying that Garry is often the first at rehearsals and concerts setting up and often the last to leave as he is putting away and tidying up. He is also at every rehearsal and concert parping away with a smile on 2nd horn. Well done Garry!

Festival of Remembrance

This year’s Festival of Remembrance was a great success, raising £672.69 for the Torquay branch of The Royal British Legion. Central Church was packed for the event and we would like to say a special thanks to all the cadet organisations, military associations and the RBL under the direction of Dave Tribble who supported the event.

The Band were also involved in a number of other remembrance events including remembrance at Torquay United’s match against Yeovil, St Marychurch remembrance service and Torre Churchyard remembrance service where the men whose bodies were never found are remembered. We also supported both Torquay Cenotaph events on the Saturday (with the Archbishop of Canterbury) and Sunday. You may have spotted our MD Mike Griffiths on Spotlight.

Launch of the Poppy Appeal

Last Saturday saw the Band joining with the Torbay Police and Community Choir at Paignton Parish Church for the launch of the poppy appeal for The Royal British Legion (Paignton Branch). We had a fantastic evening with a lot of great music making and some really rousing music with both Band and Choir joining together. Please support the work of the British Legion and buy a poppy. Poppies are not worn to support war; they remember the Fallen and help those who live with the scars of war in trying to maintain our peace.

Proms Concert

Thank you to everyone who supported our charity proms concert last Friday. The audience was one of the best we have ever had and although we were beaten by the gloomy weather, there was definitely sunshine inside Combe Pafford’s Hall. The total raised was £1052.15 and this benefited a number of charities. One such charity is Operation Imprezza who benefited from £380. They had a whatsapp message from one of their workers in Kenya to say that six students were very ill with malaria and chest infections. Normally malaria treatment is free but due to a lack of drugs at the moment, they are having to pay for treatment in hospital. Two of the students have been discharged from hospital but four remain. The money which Operation Imprezza raised on Friday evening has virtually covered the medical bills. If this story has inspired you, please come along to the concert which we are doing in October to support this charity. To keep up to date, please check out our events page or have a look at Operation Imprezza’s website. https://www.operation-imprezza.org/

Central Church

It was great to be back at Central Church last Wednesday evening. The Band put on a concert of a variety of music including music from shows, film music and traditional marches, finishing with Sunset (back row cornets and flugel pictured). We were joined by soprano Theresa Moorin who delighted everyone with her singing and also brought along Sally (the Little Mermaid) who gave us some Disney numbers in her own inimitable way. Our Band soloist was our solo trombone Graham Pillivant (pictured) who played a beautiful sweet rendition of Where’er You Walk. Central Church are always fantastic hosts and we were pleased to raise £480.80 for their funds. Thank you to Lesley Stuckey for the photos.