Monthly Archives: May 2016

Friends Meeting & Coffee Morning

We have a Coffee Morning at The Coro on Saturday 18th June  –  this is the last fundraiser before Austria so I would hope that at least all participants on the Wind Band Tour will be able to contribute in some way through either their presence and/or donations  –  we will be asking for items for the cake stall, raffle and tombola to name but three tables, so please watch this space for exact requests.

In order to prepare for this and finalize tour arrangements, the next Friends of UVHS Music meeting will be on Tuesday 7th June starting at 6.30pm in the Memorial Meeting Room in A Block.  Could I remind all parents that they are all welcome to join The Friends – it is not a big commitment but does make a big difference to the work of the Music Dept.  We need new members next year, in particular someone to volunteer to take over as treasurer from September.

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Clothing Orders

I have just taken delivery of a box of shirt and hoodie orders from Coniston embroidery.  Could students please collect from the music office tomorrow morning break?  I will NOT be in school from 12.30 onwards as I’ll be at The Coro.

Bartlett, Greaves, Glass, Christian, Alexander, Danson, Egglestone, Barton, Simmonds, Wood, Gibson, Lomas, Wood, Maddock

URGENT! All Students Playing in the Massed Band

The Marines have just rung me to ask if every member of the massed band can bring a paper copy of their parts for the joint items to the rehearsal tomorrow, Saturday and for the concert on Saturday.  If each player could print off their parts from each of the PDFs I emailed them that would be great.  For ‘With Valour They Fall’, the Marines will bring parts as I only sent a score, and there is one more piece that I have now got that I will give out tomorrow.

Change to Tour Itinerary

Sat 16th  –  St Martin @ 18:00  (visit to Berchtesgaden Salt Mines in the morning, lunch @ hotel, afternoon in the hotel pool, evening meal in St Martin after concert – provided by the town council)

Sun 17th  –  Zell am See @ 14:00  (lunch before concert in Zell, after concert travel back to St Martin – 2 hours in the natural spring swimming lake, evening meal at hotel)

Mon 18th  –  Bad Reichenhall, Konzertrotunda @ 19:30 amazing indoor venue (whole day & lunch in Salzburg, evening meal tbc due to 21:00 concert finish)

Tues 19th  –  St Gilgen @ 11:00 (early start!!!!  Boat trip on Wolfgangsee to St Wolfgang for late lunch & time in town; evening meal at hotel)

Saturday’s Concert

Please could members of ‘The Friends’ get to The Coro before 6.45pm on Saturday to help with the door, programmes & raffle?

Also, thank you to the Blooms, Derek Allison and Maciek’s parents for volunteering to be the bouncers on Friday evening.

Schedule for Marines Weekend & and intro to the Band Service

For everyone involved on the 6th & 7th  –  Wind Band players, Swing Band players, Percussion Ensemble and those invited to be in the Massed Band – please see the schedule below for Friday and Saturday.


Could I also point out the ‘Welcome to the Band Service’ from Trevor Naughton (Head of Recruitment) on Saturday at 12.30pm in The Coro.  It would be great if as many students (& parents if they are interested) could be there for his short introduction to the Marines Bands – it is not a hard sell at all, merely an insight to a career than most may not have considered.

I would hope that all the members of the Massed Band would be there (if nothing else but to recognize the great opportunity that this weekend is providing each one of them), my Year 10 GCSE students who are going on work experience in a few weeks time, and any younger students in the bands who may wish to take advantage of work experience in the future (we always offer the opportunity to Year 10 GCSE students to go during February or May half-term breaks).


Bouncers Wanted!!

If any parents who have not bought tickets for the Royal Marines Big Band Social on Friday evening still fancy coming along but ‘working’ for the evening (with food included), I need 2 or 3 adults to be on the door from 6.45pm – 10.30pm – chairs are provided.  This is merely to make sure that only ticket-holders get in before the 7.30 start, and then that no-one else gets in. You will still be able to see and hear the performances, but from the foyer.

If anyone who HAS got tickets could also help with ticket checking from 6.45 – 7.30pm (once you’ve reserved your seats) I would be extremely grateful.

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