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)

Wind Band & Tour Band

This letter was given out at Tuesday’s rehearsal  –  EVERY student going on tour must record all the dates (extra rehearsals and the compulsory information evening).  for those not on tour there is only one additional rehearsal on Mon 10th July prior to the Summer Concert on 11th July.

Parents-Meeting

Brass Ensemble

Brass Ensemble is playing at Lower School Prizegiving  at The Coro next Wednesday. I MUST know if anyone cannot play:

Wind Band Uniform

Meet by 5.45pm in dressing rooms

Ready to play by 5.50pm

Finish at 6.30pm – quietly leave stage, pack up instrument and leave Coro via stage door.

 

Swing Band rehearsal cancelled

Tomorrow’s Swing Band rehearsal is cancelled so that the Combo/little big band can have another rehearsal prior to their gig at The Old Friends on Saturday.

There WILL be a full rehearsal next Friday to prepare for Grange:

Sun 25th – Grange Bandstand (2pm-4pm).  Meet by 1.30pm.

If raining, indoor venue will be used

Friday 30th June is a Wind Band rehearsal for EVERYONE going on tour

HELP!! Volunteers needed

Please, please, please … due to the current security situation, we urgently need 2 or 3 adults to man the door tomorrow night at the Marines Social (on a rota, so you can still enjoy the evening).  There will also be a couple of sixth-formers helping. Those who can help need to be at The Coro by 6.45pm so that we can check everyone has a ticket.

If you are willing to help please email me at rbu@uvhs.uk . If you have a ticket already I will happily refund the cost of it – if you don’t have a ticket, you’re getting the opportunity to experience a great night’s entertainment (and get some food).

SATURDAY  –  could those who have very kindly volunteered to help run the raffle and sell programmmes please be at The Coro by 6.40pm. Doors open at 6.45 and, due to security, we will need ‘all hands on deck’.

 

Swing Band on Friday

Just a reminder that the Swing Band is playing at The Coro on Friday.  Letters have gone out but here are the details again.

Arrive:  7pm  –  set up stage and organise pads

Doors open :  7.15pm

Set starts:  7.45pm  –  8.45pm

Marines start:  9.15pm – 10.30pm

Everyone in Swing Band uniform please!!

Arrangements for this weekend

The following dates and times were given out at Wind Band rehearsal this evening:

Tuesday 23rd May              Full Wind Band rehearsal until 5.15pm

Thursday 25th May             Full Wind Band rehearsal with Ruth Wardle (Marines) until 4.45pm

Friday 26th May                  

‘Invited Players’ for the Royal Marines/UVHS massed band @ The Coro from 3.45pm – 5.15pm.

Saturday 27th May            

12.30pm       Careers presentation in the Supper Room @ The Coro – PLEASE TRY TO GET TO THIS WHETHER YOU ARE IN THE MASSED BAND OR NOT. A BIG TURN-OUT WOULD BE A NICE WAY OF SAYING THANK-YOU FOR THEM COMING TO US FOR THE WEEKEND.

1.30pm         Massed Band rehearsal @ The Coro

4pm               Corps of Drums rehearsal until 4.25pm

7pm               ALL Wind Band members arrive @ The Coro in full Wind Band uniform (see me if you haven’t got a shirt).  Cases go in the Ante-Room (off the foyer). Do NOT go to the dressing rooms.

7.30pm         Concert Starts.  At the end of our set there will be an interval followed by the Marines set – during this time you will be standing or sitting on the floor in the side aisles, BUT against the wall, as the drummers need to be able to march up and down without kicking you!!!

After the Marines set there will be a 5 minute break when all the ‘massed band’ players go back on stage – others stay in the aisles.