News from Norfolk!

Discussion in 'Bandroom News - User Submitted' started by Chunky, Sep 14, 2006.

  1. Chunky

    Chunky Active Member

    As September reaches its mid point and the nights draw in, Cawston Band can look back on what was an enjoyable and productive time for the Norwich based 2nd section band during the summer of 2006.

    The highlight was no doubt the joint concert with double Australian Champions Brisbane Excelsior. It was a privilege and pleasure for the band to share not only a concert stage with this fine band, but also to make their rehearsal facilities available to their Antipodean colleagues as they prepared for the Masters at Cambridge. Many new friendships were forged that night as the bands enjoyed a post concert social in a Norwich City Centre pub!

    The other main concert of the summer was the ‘Proms on the Pitch’ concert promoted by the band themselves. After a magnificent June & July weather wise the band were looking forward to playing on a balmy summers evening. However the balmy turned to ‘barmy’ as a massive rainstorm passed over the venue an hour or so before the concert. However spirits were not dampened and the attendance was up by 30% on last year.

    The concert featured a traditional last night of the proms finale and the audience were treated to the sights and sounds of not only the band, but also guest vocalist Glynis Kester-Page and Piper Roger Bayes resplendent in full highland dress.

    During the concert Flugel player Catherine Hardy was presented with the Charlie Baker Memorial Shield for Bandsperson of the Year, as voted for by the players. This will not be the only highlight for Catherine as in December she will marry Cawstons’ Principal Eb Bass, Mark Peck. The coincidence is that Mark was last year’s recipient of the Charlie Baker Memorial Shield!

    The band also celebrated another wedding this year when front row cornet player Max Dye married BBb bass player Stuart Clarke. The band publicly wish Max & Stuart belatedly and Catherine & Mark in advance their very best wishes for their future life’s together.

    During the summer the band have welcomed new players, namely Paul Frostwick on cornet, Kate Ogden on horn and Steve Clarke on Euphonium. The band hopes they have a long and successful time with the band.

    Cawston would also like to record publicly their thanks to Musical Director Colin Swaep. Colin has been with the band now for 5 very happy years. Recently his job has taken him to a new location some 70 miles from the bandroom. However Colin is still making nearly every rehearsal and engagement and we would like to thank him for this tremendous commitment.

    The band are now looking forward to the autumn especially in October when for 2 nights they appear at The Norwich Beer Festival, purely for the thrill of playing to over 900 people each night of course!

    December will see the band, like so many others, very busy playing concerts and carol playing. The band have 3 concerts lined up already, 9th December at St Pauls Church in Great Yarmouth, 15th December at St Edmonds in Costessey and their traditional finale to the year the annual Christmas Concert at the St Faiths Centre on December 22nd. For more details of these concerts and all our other activities, please visit our website