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Exciting Times for Towcester Studio Band!

Author: Kevin Hawkins Published: 7th December 2017 12:20
Exciting Times for Towcester Studio Band!Exciting Times for Towcester Studio Band!
2017 has certainly been a very busy and enjoyable year for both players and supporters of Towcester Studio Band!
The Band’s contribution to the Towcester 917 Walking Carnival and Saxon Fair was reported in an earlier update on AboutMyArea/NN12 but I am delighted to seize this opportunity to report that our special Autumn concert held on Saturday October 7th saw the Band premiere a piece of music written especially for the Towcester 917 celebrations.
St Lawrence Church, which is TSB’s spiritual home, was the concert location and representatives from the Towcester 917 committee, SNC, Town Council, Towcester History Society and programme sponsors, joined a most appreciative audience to hear the premiere of ‘Towcester 917’ which was the feature item on a programme selected to embrace music through the Ages.
Jonny Bates is a young up and coming composer, who also plays solo tenor horn with the famous Foden’s Band, was commissioned to compose the piece and all at TSB were delighted that he was able to shuffle his playing commitments to allow him to be with us for the concert.
Prior to the event the Band received a visit from Radio Northampton presenter Martin Heath. The interview and snippets of the Band practicing Towcester 917 were presented on the breakfast show on Friday and again on Sunday. Our thanks go to the team at Radio Northampton for helping us promote this special event.
On Sunday 1st October the Band travelled north to Bolsover, Derbyshire for the annual Bolsover Entertainment Contest. This event signals the start of the winter contesting season and another solid performance from the Band resulted in 4th place in Section3. This contest, sadly was the last for a while for our resident Musical Director, Neil Brownless.  Neil is pursuing a career in music and has elected to join the Army! He will embark on his initial training early in 2018 and is hoping to return to the band room in the Spring. During his absence  TSB was delighted to enlist the help of Paul Fensom. Paul is a very experienced Band Trainer who is based in Milton Keynes. Paul has conducted several local Bands during his career in music as well as taking the baton for a Brass Band in Norway.
On Sunday 19th November TSB chose to play ‘Towcester 917’ as its own choice test piece at the Leicester Brass Band Association Contest! The Band were place 4th again out of 12 competing bands and whilst we would have preferred a top three placing this was a very creditable performance under the baton of Paul Fensom, for the first time on the contest platform!
And so as Christmas is now fast approaching we need to share some important dates for your diaries!
On Saturday 9th December 2017  a small group from the band will be playing carols at Towcester Museum from 10:30 until 12:30.
During Sunday 17th we will be entertaining the residents of Duncote Hall, Ridgeway House and Malthouse Court before more carols and liquid refreshment in Towcester Mill Brewery!
A small group of players is visiting Pattishall School on Tuesday 19th to introduce the children to brass instruments via some carol singing!
This year our Christmas Concert will be held in St Lawrence Church on Wednesday 20th December commencing 7:30pm. Tickets will be available on the door and will include some light festive refreshments!
On Thursday 21st the Band will be playing at Towcester Races prior to providing the music for the annual outdoor Carol concert on the Market Square in the evening.
The final stint sees us at Tesco Towcester on Saturday 23rd, we have a day off on the 25th! And then back to the Racecourse for the Greyhound meeting on Boxing Day.
The committee and members are forever grateful for the help and support that we receive from our faithful supporters. They include our Patrons, ‘Friends of Towcester Studio Band’, SNC, Town Council, SN Homes, our many sponsors and of course everyone who comes to our concerts!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all from Towcester Studio Band.
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