We’re starting a new season of training sessions in the new year, for everyone from absolute beginners. Here’s the ad that you’ll be seeing around the local papers and newsletters –
• Are you looking for a new challenge?
• Have you ever wished you’d learned to play a musical instrument?
• Perhaps you gave up when you left school and regretted it ever since?
You’ve come to the right place! The Band of the Avon Fire and Rescue Service is looking for new members of all ages – absolute beginners and returners – to join the new Beginners’ band, starting in January 2019. You don’t have to be a firefighter and you don’t even need to have your own instrument (we have a limited number to offer on a first-come-first-served basis). We teach brass (e.g. trumpet, euphonium, trombone, tuba) and woodwind instruments (e.g. oboe, flute, clarinet, alto, tenor & baritone saxophone), as well as double bass and electric bass guitar. The cost per term is £30.
The Beginners Band will meet on Wednesday evenings from 7.30 pm at the Management Development Centre of the Avon Fire & Rescue Service, Lansdown, which is to the north of Bath, just beyond the racecourse (you do need a car to get there, but there’s plenty of parking). The rehearsal will last for one hour, at which point you can either go home, or stay and listen to Brass, Wind and Fire (our intermediate band to which you will graduate), or rehearse with Brass Wind and Fire until 9.30 pm.
For more information and to book yourself in, please email us (link to be found on most pages!) firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks to all who dropped by to listen to the band at last Sunday’s Emergency Services open day at the Police and Fire Service HQ in Portishead. We were playing out in the open, in the vicinity of the Arena this year – it’s difficult to compete with the Police dogs exhibitions, so we didn’t try!
In the spare time we had between our two sets, it was difficult to get round more than a fraction of what was on show, but some of us were able to get over to the main Fire & Rescue Service exhibitions. Thanks to our colleagues in the Service’s Media Office, (especially Liam who took the photo), here’s some of the band in front of one of the many pumps on show. (Hint – if you need a fire dealt with, don’t ask the people in the red uniforms).
In addition to our concert band, who meet on Monday nights, and the intermediate band (Brass Wind & Fire), who practise on Wednesday nights, in the past we have run training courses for beginners. Plans are now being finalized for the next season, which will run weekly on Wednesday nights as a separate (hour) session, followed by the opportunity (if desired) to join the band for the second half of their session – initially as observers, but as the course runs on, there’ll be an opportunity to join in and play some of the pieces.
No prior knowledge or experience (apart from a working pair of ears, and, ideally, an instrument) will be required. There is a limited stock of instruments for loan, first come first served.
More details will be on this website soon – if you want to express an interest, do drop us a line at our email address, linked below. We hope to start the sessions in January 2019.
Thanks from the band for the warm welcome we received at last Saturday’s show – the first time we’ve ever followed a Fancy Hat competition. Our luck held out for a second year of playing this show, which is out in the open – what rain there was came after we’d finished our set.
The concert band has two confirmed bookings for September:
Sat 8th for the Bathampton Village Show, an afternoon performance
Sunday 16th at Portishead, where (as currently planned) we will be performing two sets, at the Open Day. Travel arrangements for this day will need to be co-ordinated for the limited number of car parking spaces we have allocated – please listen out at the next rehearsal sessions to ensure you know the details! (And if you’ve volunteered to drive !!)
The revised setlist for September (both concerts) is as follows:
asterisked scores are as distributed at 20th Aug rehearsals
Air from County Derry
*Disney Film Favourites
*Meet the Beatles
*Best of Leroy Anderson
*Marches of John Williams
Saxes will rock
Blue and the Grey (NB Robert Longfield arrangement)
Best of Henry Mancini
*It Don’t mean a Thing
Vera Lynn (band only version – all repeats played)
Thanks to everyone who turned up at Soundwell Church last month to hear the band play, with proceeds in aid of their adopted charity.
It’s always good to play to a full house, and we were able to give the audience a ‘little extra’, with the presentation of our annual award (the Jim Churchill cup) to Yvonne. (She’s wearing the glitzy number for her vocal number, not the presentation – which was a surprise to her).