Band raises a grand!


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After numerous posts from me about this here is the final result :D :

The memorial concert performed by the Wigston Band in remembrance of Terry Perks and Colin Hayto on Friday 2 April 2004 at Broughton Astley Village Hall was a huge success thanks to the 200 people who turned out to support this event, not forgetting of course all members of the band who put on an excellent performance.

Ian's elder brother, Andy was able to forget his pre-concert nerves by running around finding extra chairs to seat everyone who had turned out when it was realised that more were needed to seat the capacity audience.

The programme for the evening was chosen by Ian and Sam and their families and included a wide range of music from the reflective "A Gaelic Blessing" to breezier pieces such as "Lets Face the Music and Dance" and "Slipstream". The concert ended with a stunning performance of Peter Graham's "Shine as the Light" before the audience audibly encouraged the band to play an encore; "Finale" from "Pineapple Poll" was duly delivered in fine style.

Soloists on the night included Ian Hayto and Andy who played the duet "I Know Him So Well". Ian then went on to perform the Flugel Solo "So Glad" which was revived especially for the night. Kirk Turner, cornet, played a heart warming rendition of "Rusalka's Song to the Moon" and Daniel Powell (tenor horn) gave another faultless performance of "Lark in the Clear Air". Dave Spray on Eb Bass lightened the atmosphere of the soloists with his rendition of "Nellie the Elephant" and showed the audience (and the band!) how a cadenza should be played.

There was such a tremendous response to a request for raffle prizes (over 150 prizes) that it was decided to put on a tombola using the smaller prizes. The larger prizes donated and also those donated from local companies were included in the mega raffle. Unfortunately one prize donation, two tickets for Leicester Tigers v Barbarians Match, donated by the Leicester Tigers, arrived too late to be included in the mega raffle. The band plan to set-up an online auction for these tickets, with all proceeds going to the British Heart Foundation. Look out for further details on the Band's website -

The final total raised from the night was £950 and additional donations have now raised the final total to £1000. This will be donated to the British Heart Foundation as requested by Terry and Colin's families.

The two families would like to thank everyone who helped out on the night, selling tickets, tombola and raffle tickets and for those who made tea and coffee in the kitchen for those in the audience who did not want to partake in the bar that was available (this was probably due to the length of the queue to actually get to the bar). Thanks also go to Garry Sleath and the Wigston Band for putting on such an excellent and entertaining performance. Special thanks must go to Alison and Colin Raggett for all of the excellent work they did advertising the event and contacting local companies for raffle prizes.

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In addition I want to thank everyone who helped to make this possible - we were so pleased at the final total!! 8) Especially after worrying about getting an audience to the concert!

Can I also take this opportunity to publicly thank Vicktorious who did a sterling job on 1st horn, and also Dinie who provided "mum's taxi services"! Thank you Thank you Thank You!!

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