3rd August 2014 – World War 1 commemoration at Beer

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

The band was honoured to be asked to take part in an event at Beer in remembrance of the men that had left Beer a hundred years earlier to fight in WW1 . We marched to the church followed by serving members of the armed forces and some descendants of the soldiers that were killed or wounded in action. At the church the names of the men were read out to a silent crowd in a movi3rd August 2014 Beerng tribute.

Andrew Harris the bands musical director remarked afterwards ”To see all those people gathered around yesterday, many of whom were direct descendants of those men sent off to war and many subsequently killed or wounded in action I found to be a very moving and poignant occasion. For the band to have taken part in this was a great thing to have done”.

August 2014

Monday, August 4th, 2014

Many thanks to everyone who came along to listen to the Brass Class concert on 20 July and to eat the delicious cream teaBrass_Class_July_2014 (2). Hopefully, you enjoyed the solos and the wide variety of band music including well-known pieces such as Mamma Mia, Pirates of the Caribbean and a selection of popular World War II melodies to sing along to. However, as you were listening, you probably noticed that there are different instruments in the band. So, what are they and why are they there?

 In Brass Class, starting from the smallest to the biggest, the brass instruments are cornets, tenor horns, baritone, euphoniums and bass. Cornets are easy to spot; they’re like mini-trumpets and are held out straight in front of the player. To avoid very achy arms, all the other brass instruments are held upright.

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July 2014 – Brass Class Cream Tea

Monday, August 4th, 2014

You may well know that Ottery has two brass bands – the Silver Band and Brass Class. You may also know that brass instruments come in two colours – silver and brass. Is that the difference between the bands – silver instruments in the Silver Band and brass instruments in Brass Class? In a word, “no”; you’ll find both colour instruments in both bands.  The actual difference is that Brass Class is a training band and, once you’re good enough, you can move on to the Silver Band. And the reason for the names? Well, “brass and “class” rhyme; and “Silver Band” sounds posh.

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June 2014

Monday, August 4th, 2014

Those of you lucky enough to live within shouting distance of the Feoffee Room may have noticed an interesting phenomenon on Silver Band practice night – strange gaps in the music when no-one plays. Those gaps aren’t really where the composer forgot to write anything; they’re where the percussionist should be playing but that’s one instrumentalist the band lacks. Fortunately for our audience at the Spring Concert on 9 May, those gaps were admirably filled by our guest percussionist, Colin, who our Musical Director, Andrew, knew from their days with the Lympstone Telecoms Band, one of the highest ranking brass bands in Devon. Our thanks also go to everyone who helped at the concert, particularly Michael for the raffle and Jenny, Monica and Michael for the refreshments.

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January 2014

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

With the decorations safely packed away , its now time to reflect on recent events.

The band had an extremely successful and busy Christmas period. The concert was a great evening with the switch to a Friday  proving very popular with the audience. The Brass Class performed to a high standard with many parents and grandparents enjoying the performances.

The Award for outstanding Contribution this year went to the bands Musical Director Andrew Harris for his continual enthusiasm and pushing the band gently to new heights musically. Well done Andrew and many thanks from all the band!.

One of the highlights of our Christmas season was playing at Darren and Jo’s Wedding on !3th December at the Church in Coombe Raleigh. it was a joy to support Darren, on his and Jo`s special day and we all wish them much happiness for the future.

The band is currently looking for a percussionist. We require an enthusiastic percussionist who is able to rehearse on a Thursday evening from 7.30-9.30. If you are out there and fancy giving it a try please contact Brian baker on 01404 814502.

The band and Brass Class are now starting to rehearse music for the spring and summer engagements. They rehearse weekly at the bandroom under the library Monday evenings 7.30-8.30.

Thanks to all our loyal supporters and we are looking forward to seeing you in 2014 .

An influx of young talent from Brass Class

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

Regular readers and followers of the band will know that it wasn’t to long ago that we were short of players and were actively recruiting. How times change. An influx of young talent from Brass Class – the bands training band – and the interest from others who have moved into the area now see the band almost at full strength. For those that are interested in making music with us will still be warmly welcomed. Being a non-competing band we are not restricted to a given number so the more the merrier. If you are interested in learning to play then Gail Denning and Verity Baker will be pleased to see you at Brass Class – every Monday from 7.30-8.30pm in the band room beneath the library. Please contact Verity Baker on Ottery 814502 for more information. If you have previously played then come along to our rehearsal at the Feeofee Rooms – behind The Institute – on Thursday from 7.30 to 9.30pm. We play a wide range of music from traditional brass band marches through to film, musicals and classical material. To find out more – and to make sure there is an instrument waiting for you – please call Brian Baker on Ottery 814502.

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21st May 2013

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

Firstly a big thank you to all our supporters who came along to the spring concert. It was a great success and thanks also to the Brass Class for their contribution . Since the concert we have had our A.G.M and are now preparing music for the Church Fete on 25th May at Cadhay. We plan to play two sessions of music during the morning. We will be hoping for some sunshine for the day or at least not rain!. On June 1st we are playing at the first Family and Food Festival in Ottery. This should be an exciting new engagement. June 27th is our first performance at Connaught Gardens, so make a date in the diary , pack the picnic and come along for a relaxed evening’s entertainment in the beautiful gardens. This starts at 7.45pm. The band is also playing at the gardens on July 8th.

We are hoping to join forces with the Church Choir to perform at the Ottery Festival on July 18th. We certainly have plenty of music to practice. July 25th sees us back at the Connaught Gardens in the evening.

The band is grateful for the help of so many people who give freely of their time week after week. We would also like to thank our regular band members and also the players from other bands who help us out from time to time . Our efforts would not be worthwhile without our Musical Director  Andrew Harris who inspires us to perform to our limits. If you would like further information about the Band or Brass Class please contact Brian Baker on 01404 814502.

Philip Harper Band Workshop

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

Philip Harper with OSMB, Brass Class and guestsSat 22nd October, a day to remember! OSMSB and its Brass class converged on Kings School Ottery St. Mary for a brass band workshop under the internationally renowned band trainer Philip Harper. Philip is a top conductor / arranger / composer and adjudicator, and is known for his association with the championship band Flowers, with whom he enjoyed much success both contesting and on the concert stage.

He is a popular choice with westcountry bands and Ottery St. Mary Band were lucky Phil managed to find the time to run the workshop, as he has a very busy schedule, and is in great demand!

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River Dart Cruise and Steam Train Day Out

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

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Early  October, usually the start of Autumn , with cooler weather and grey skies, when band members , families and friends enjoyed a day out incorporating a River Dart boat cruise and steam train ride.

 

A hot sunny morning  heralded an early departure from Ottery St. Mary. Hardly a cloud in the sky as the hired minibus arrived at Paignton for the first leg of the Round Robin trip aboard an open top bus  to Totnes.

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2nd September 2011

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

The  busy summer season is almost over now , and the band is set to prepare for autumn and christmas engagements.The season was our first under the baton of Andrew Harris, who has continued with the successes attained with our previous MD Chris Taylor ,who unfortunately had to stand down due to health reasons.

The 2011 season was , unfortunately often effected by poor weather conditions, but despite this our enthusiastic audiences regularly turned out to give us support.  Sidmouths Connaught Gardens hosted concerts on Thursday evenings  throughout the summer, when the band provided entertainment for locals as well as holidaymakers. The band  also played at various fetes and concerts  in and around the east Devon area.

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