The last year will no doubt go down as one of the most memorable years in the 119- year history of Norwich based Cawston Band. The year started with fund raising concerts including ‘A Night at The Theatre’, a Dance Band concert and also an outdoor Last Night of The Proms concert. The Proms Concert was the finale to a Grand Fete organised by the Band. It must have been held on what was possibly the coldest June day in history! What made the day all the more special for the band was that Band President Stephen Fry attended the event and made the type of witty speech he is renowned for. Other attendees included The Lord Mayor of Norwich and the Leader of Broadland District Council. Whilst in Germany the band played 3 concerts to audiences made up of local residents and tourists. The most enjoyable was without doubt the night the band played at a Beer Garden at the confluence of the Rivers Rhine and Moselle known locally as Deutches Eck (German Corner). Whilst all the fund raising was going on the band also found time for the normal round of summer engagements and also perform concerts to assist with various fund raising projects including playing for the local Leonard Cheshire Home and other local Norfolk Charities. If that was not enough the band also attended 3 contests this year: The London & Southern Counties Regional Championships where they were awarded 3rd place; The East Anglian Brass Band Association Contest where 2nd place was achieved and finally The Leicestershire Brass Band Association contest where Cawstons’ performance of Phillips Sparkes’ Kaleidoscope was awarded 1st Prize in the 2nd Section. A great way to round off a years contesting! So now the band look forward to 2006 and the first challenge will be to build on last years 3rd place at the London and Southern Counties Regional Championships at Stevenage on March 18th. After that in May the band are delighted to be hosting a joint concert with 2005 Australian National Champions Brisbane Excelsior, who will be using Cawstons’ rehearsal room as part of their preparations for the Australians appearance at the All England Masters International Championship in Cambridge. More details of this concert will be announced shortly via the press or details will be found on our website http://www.cawstonband.co.uk Also in 2006 the band is to perform another outdoors prom concert on August 19th when hopefully the weather will be warmer than last year! Again details of this can be found via our website. http://www.cawstonband.co.uk The band prides themselves on being entertaining and are delighted that many of their engagements for this year are repeat bookings from many years previous. ‘We like to enjoy ourselves and work hard in everything we do’ says Chairman Ian Clarke ‘and feel that this is conveyed to our audiences all over Norfolk, through our music, who keep asking us back for future concerts.’ The band are known for their friendly outlook and spend a great deal of time together socially and new members are always made very welcome and once joined tend to stay for many a year which helps with the stability and progress of the band. So 2006 looks to be just as busy for this long established Norfolk band and they sincerely hope that their 120th year will be as rewarding for the band and audiences alike as the previous 119!