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News from the Rhine Valley

Well …  we’re here and have got the first concert under our belts:  a brilliant performance in front of a large and VERY enthusiastic audience in Bad Munster.  I’m sorry, but we cannot give regular ‘diary’ updates as we have done in recent years as we are out from 8.30am-11pm today and tomorrow (as we were yesterday as well, but you can see the odd video that Mr Evason has managed to download using the link below.

 

Through Twitter you can Follow us here to keep up with how the Tour is progressing!

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Fantastic concert on Tuesday from all involved – had amazing comments about every group!!!! Some photos are here (courtesy of Miss Lomas and Dan Miller) if anyone wants them:

https://goo.gl/kCZUj5

A reminder that the last tour band rehearsal is tomorrow until 5.30 (including packing all the gear).

Don’t forget passports and towels!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

URGENT!!

Really sorry – the Blog has been down for a week, hence no messages about tonight’s concert.

Reminder: Students in either school uniform (minus jumper) or Wind Band uniform and at The Coro by 7.10pm.

All instruments to be stored in the dressing rooms, but then seated in the reserved section in the hall – if they are performing in the first half (Junior Band, Clarinet Choir, Brass Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble & Choir) they will need to have their instrument with them.

FINALLY – we are in need of some raffle prizes!!!!!!!!!!!! If you are able to give a good quality raffle prize please bring it tonight. Doors open at 6.45pm, but those volunteering to be on the door, sell proagrammes and sell the raffle need to be there by 6.40pm.

Thank you

Swing Band

Great performances yesterday from both the Swing Band at the Carnival and the Little Big Band in Bardsea – great way to finish the year.  Huge thanks to all the Year 13s for whom it was their last performance with those groups.

One request – I am unloading the the van at 11.30am at school this morning and am on my own (or rather, I have Perdi with me and Oscar with his broken wrist – so useless really). If any student is both willing AND able it would be lovely to see you!!!!

Tonight’s meeting and tour rehearsals

Thank you to everyone who came to the tour meeting this evening – for those who have not yet handed in their EHIC cards, please get them to Mr Butler as soon as possible (unless you need it for a European trip before 15th July).

Also – some students do not seem to have either not received the named letters sent out 2 weeks ago, or not got them home, so here is the rehearsal schedule (please try to get to every one!!) with some slight changes:

 

Friday 30th June         3.30pm – 5.15pm  (tour band only)

Tuesday 4th July          3.30pm – 5.30pm

Thursday 6th July       3.30pm – 5.30pm  (tour band only)

Friday 7th July            3.30pm – 5.00pm (tour band only)

Monday 10th July       3.30pm – 5.30pm

Tuesday 11th July      SUMMER CONCERT @ The Coro

Wednesday 12th July  3.30pm – 5.00pm (flutes/clarinets/saxes in tour band only)

Thursday 13th July     3.30pm – 5.30pm  (tour band only)

Friday 14th July          3.30pm – 5.30pm (tour band only including packing equipment)

REMINDER – Tour Meeting Tomorrow

A polite reminder that the Tour Meeting is tomorrow at 6.15pm in the Main Hall.

ALSO  –  please remember to bring your EHIC card to give in (unless you are on a European trip before tour, in which case we will need it on your return)

Phenomenal Swing Band!!

Swing Band were brilliant at Grange this afternoon!!!!  The last ‘full band’ performance of the year saw the band play brilliantly and some great vocal performances from Florrie and Connor in their last full concert with the Swing Band, as well as Emma and Tabi in support.

I can only praise the Band so much, but I must say that it has been both an honour and a pleasure to be able to work with a group of such talent, commitment and enthusiasm.  It is always sad to do the ‘last concert’ with any of the groups, but I must admit to feeling a lump in my throat during the encores.

So … thank you for making an ageing, balding and, let’s face it, fairly boring teacher a very, very happy man!!!

We took an amazing £445 in the collection, on top of the £100 fee – sums up what the audience felt about our performance!!!!!!!

(we are playing next Sat morning in town, but a lot of student are missing – if anyone knows of a trumpeter or two who could help us out please let me know)