Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal ConcertDecember 2, 2009
Raunds returned to the Castle Theatre in Wellingborough for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal Concert, along with soloist Tracey Barker. The evening proved to be a great success, with a mixture of pieces starting with a tremendous fanfare, complete with choreography. The Band played a blinder, including "classic brass band pieces", two beautiful solos and, as directed by the organisers, the Band "let their hair down" when playing some Queen! The concert ended with a Proms Night which sent the audiences flags a'flying! Thank you to The Royal British Legion for their Organisation and to Tracey for her fabulous singing.
St Peters Church - RaundsDecember 2, 2009
This was the first concert under the baton of new MD Robin Norman and the Band sounded confident and enthusiastic throughout the programme. Signs of good things to come we think! The audience could have been fuller in numbers, but was still an enjoyable evening. Following the concert, we returned to the van to pack away the percussion etc, to find that we had received a parking ticket for parking at the back of the church, on a saturday night! oops!! showing the true community spirit of Raunds Band, we all clubbed together to cover the cost! Thanks guys!
Cransley Village FeteNovember 23, 2009
The band turned out to the picturesque village of Cransley for their Annual Fete this year. The weather was slightly unpredictable and the Band set up under a marquee provided for us by the organisers. It was a tight squeeze but the Band managed to fit in, well, all bar Christian (priniciple cornet), Russell (Principle Euph) and Roy (Solo Trom) so they felt the turning of the weather more than other members of the Band! Luckily, after half an hour the rain stopped and glorious sunshine ensued! David Read (MBE) was the conductor for this concert and the Band thank him very much for the great job he did. And thank you to Sue Essam who stood next to David with an Umbrella when the rain began to fall! I am sure David was very grateful! Another enjoyable concert with some good music played.
Hollywell Steam RallyNovember 23, 2009
This was the Band's first outing to the Hollywell steam Rally and what was thought to be a long two days of concerting turned out to be very enjoyable! The band played very well indeed and had lots of positive feedback from the audience, enjoying music such as Concerto D'(Orange Juice!), Mack and Mabel, Glasnost, classic marches such as Death or Glory and more. There were a couple of "band moments" such as, Lynda's phone ringing several times having arrived at 10:30 from Suzy (horn player) saying "This place is huge, I have been wandering around for ages and cannot find any of the Band!!". Luckily, Suzy was reunited with the Band and we all ended up on stage on time! (Well, with the exception of Matt (Bass Player) who had driven back from Wales that morning and also found himself wandering around the Steam Rally past horses and a dancing JCB before finding the band a "few minutes late"!).
After playing our first two sets, it emerged that we had actually set up on the lorry facing the wrong way and were in fact playing to the road for the tractors and vintage cars to use! This actually proved to be quite entertaining as we played Great Escape as the tractors steamed past at 3pm. On the Sunday, the Band were old pro's at locating our lorry (and facing the right way) and the weather still managed to hold out which made it that much more enjoyable. Hollywell Steam Rally was a brilliant weekend, with so much to see and do.
Thank you very much to the organisers who looked after us and hope to see you next year! Thank you to the Band for playing their socks off and Thank you also to Kevin Steward and Nathan Waterman who conducted the Band over the two days, you did a great job!
Wellingborough School ConcertNovember 23, 2009
A very good turnout with one very vocal member of the audience who clearly enjoyed our choice of music as he sang his way through it all!!!!!
Good reviews on the choice of music & positive feedback from the audience. The purpose of the concert was to raise money for All Hallows Church, Wellingborough & helped them achieve an amount of ~£800 towards the preservation of the building & grounds.
Olney Working Men's clubNovember 23, 2009
A good turnout and enjoyable evening and the bands first time at Olney Working Men's club (thanks Sue Essam for all of your hard work and organisation!) where we did a joint concert with the Guild Singers. The choir were fantastic to listen to and the evening was a sucess. The raffle was very impressive with a variety of prizes - sadly none of the band members were lucky enough to win, but you can't have everything!