Tiptree Encourage the Encouragers

February saw the band in deepest Essex at St Luke’s Parish Church,Tiptree for its first concert of the new year. Some time before the opening bars of Orwell Park, it was apparent that more chairs were  required to satisfy the growing numbers eagerly arriving.  A varied musical feast was provided, which, whilst building on previous  repertoire , included some first time performances of recently rehearsed music. Several of the numbers featured on the band’s CD “Bandology” were featured including  Where I Love to Be, Quando Quando Quando, Worcester and the Listen to the Band  signature tune  Soldiers in The Park. Making first performances were Robert Collinson’s Mini Fantasia on a London Theme and  Morley Calvert’s ever popular Canadian Folk Songs Suite.

Regular soloists, Alan Garratt,Cornet; Jim Rogers,Flugel; Ken Stones, Euphonium; contributed respectively Misty, Doyle’s Lament, and All the Ways God Has Shown. As ever it was a great inspiration to hear our very own Don Lusher look a like in the form  of Don Jenkins give such a masterly trombonic performance of  The Londonderry Air.

Due to the unavoidable absence of our principal cornet Dave Thomas, we were delighted to welcome Roy Kirsop as guest principal. He further enhanced the evening with some masterful piano solos including Greigs Wedding March. It was also a pleasure to have two additional cornet players making their first appearance with the band, namely David Marley and Caroline Seredynski.

The evening was ably compared by Bandmaster David Daws, who’s witticisms were dangerously encouraged by an exuberant audience who were shouting for more (music) by the conclusion of the evening. We played out with Bandology, after which we really had to say “no more” and leave the stage.

It had been a great  encouragement to play to such a receptive audience. It was good to meet new people as well as friends from neighbouring Salvation Army Corps . The band’s mission statement refers to being encouragers within the Church, clearly the Church had been encouragers to the band.