Another cold and windy day at Clevedon Bandstand for our second outing of 2016.
However the band, although not best dressed for the weather, were not dispirited and enjoyed playing a wide range of music styles including marches, arrangements of pop and show songs along with hymns, classical and jazz pieces.
There were solos for trombone (The Old Rugged Cross), flugelhorn (Angels), cornets (I Knew him so well and The Shepherds Song ) and the horn section (Hey Jude and Whiter Shade of Pale).
There was an appreciative audience who also braved the weather, apparently some children even danced to the Lincolnshire Poacher, and the collecion raised over £75 which we will share with Weston Hospicecare and Children's Hospice SW. Here's hoping that the weather will be "perfect" on our next visit to the bandstand on 17 July.
With smaller than usual numbers, players doubling up on other parts and the help of a guest player (thanks John) the band provided the musical entertainment for the Garden Trail event at Hill View, Sandford on Sunday 12th June 2016 which raises money for the Children’s Hospice South West. The audience enjoyed their creams teas whilst the band, nestled comfortably in a gazebo, played a variety of music from marches to musicals, including “Congratulations” to celebrate the Queen’s official birthday. The band also enjoyed the cream teas and cakes in their break which gave them plenty of “energy” to complete the musical entertainment for a wonderful afternoon.
Christmas carolling raised over £700 for charity
During the build up to Christmas the band entertained the shoppers at Morrissons in Worle with festive carols. Our collection bucket was weighed down with change and we have donated over £700 to charity. This year we have split this money giving £365.62 to each of Weston Hospicecare and Childrens Hospice South West. Since 2011 Congresbury Brass have collected over £4,000 for charity.