NEWS 2019

It has been a challenging but very exciting year

for us. We are steadily developing and we have

recruited at least a dozen new players this year,

this is exciting as it means we continue to grow

as a community band from the ages of six years

to eighty years plus. Our 100 club has funded the

tuition of five of our intermediate band members

to take their grade one Music exam: three cornets,

one tenor horn and one baritone. The individual

and group tuition enabled them all to pass with

flying colours and achieve Merits, which means

that they have integrated into the first half of our

main band.  We meet to practice every Wednesday

and new members are always welcome. 


Our year began with playing at Mells Daffodil festival.  We thoroughly enjoyed playing a selection of new and old music in the church and we had a great audience. In May we joined the congregation of St Johns to bless the dressing of the well and we had glorious weather during our rendition of several hymns.


 June and July is always a good time for us as we get to play in the traditional band stand in Victoria Park.  Lions Fauré was quite busy as we also ran a tombola stall to help raise funds for our band. Our Frome festival gig is always on the last Sunday of the festival, advertised as “where brass music comes alive” – We had a fantastic turnout with our audience on Sunday afternoon with their blankets and picnics. Our cake stall offered delicious homemade cakes, again another way to raise funds to help subsidise fees to make music education affordable for all. Frome Hospital Fete was another busy afternoon, offering two different music sets: it was great to see the public of Frome supporting this fantastic occasion.


September is always a busy month for us: Frome Cheese Show is one of our favourite gigs of the year – this is where our beginner band get to air their progress with a rendition of the music they have been learning. The main band offered three sets during the whole day and it was lovely to see the community sit and listen to us whilst enjoying their tea and cake. Frome carnival we always like to support, I never knew how difficult it was to march and play at the same time until I actually did it, not only do you have to have the stamina to walk up and down the hills of Frome but you also had to play and read music at them same time – an extremely difficult exercise. So this year we decided to try and get a float but to no avail.  We couldn’t find one yet we still wanted to be a part of the carnival so we ended up playing in Frome Town Centre for  an hour before the carnival, we hope Frome community enjoyed this as much as we did playing.


November is the month of Remembrance: we joined in with Frome town’s morning service and were proud to be a part of it and playing the hymn Abide with Me. The evening service was lovely- Eliza gave a beautiful rendition of Last Post – which you may have heard via our social media. Owen, one of our young band members and Year 10 Frome College Media student put together images of war to go alongside the music. Then at the end of the month we were out again, switching on Frome town’s Christmas lights and playing a range of our favourite carols. Frome town was buzzing with the choirs, light parade and samba band.


December was amazing and busy! The Tree of Remembrance service run by the Rotary club at Rook Lane Chapel, was well attended and an event that is growing each year. We were happy to support and busk at WHY Christmas charity fair.


Our MD gave us some very challenging music to prepare for our Christmas concert: a  Glenn Miller – suite of four pieces and also a  John Williams set, which some of you may know as the Star Wars theme tune. We thoroughly enjoyed playing this to our audience and the Frome Town Youth Choir joined in carols as well as singing some of their our pieces. 


Our Christmas concert at Keyford Heights is particular favourite of our Musical Director where this year we played all the, traditional carols and one of our Christmas favourites “Walking in the Air”. We busked our way to Christmas in the Westway precinct and outside Asda. We were also invited to play at a carol concert in Marston lane, again to help us raise funds for the band. 


It has certainly been a year of great highlights for us, we are always looking for new or experienced players to join us and  looking at ways to raise money to help us keep our subs down to ensure that our ethos and vision of  making “music education affordable to all” is applied throughout the year. If you want to join or to help us in any capacity then please get in touch contactfrometownband@gmail.com.
Alternatively why not become a member of our 100 club to help support and develop our new players at £1 a month with a £25 monthly draw. In December there is a 1st £150, 2nd £50 and 3rd £25. Our winners for this year: Elaine Marks, Matthew Woolford, Mr S Dixon, Carolyn Read, Mr A King, Mrs Score, Mrs S Boulter, Mrs M Butler, Mr J Levy, Mrs Hoare, Mr S Dixon, Mr P Warden, Mr G Quartley and Mrs V Vincent.  

REVIEW OF 2019

CHRISTMAS RAFFLE 14th December 2019

We have been donated some exciting prizes so far: A days pass for four people to Center Parcs, Signed photo of Coronation Street Cast, £10 Frome Memorial Theatre Voucher, Family ticket for "We are the Curious" Bristol, Set of photo frames donated from Asda. If any local businesses would like to donate a prize please contactfrometownband@gmail.com

 

Concert at North Bradley WI

We performed a concert for the ladies at North Bradley WI. We

performed our new set of Glenn Miller, Disney, Mary Poppins and

also our old favourites. We also had a short performance from our

Grade One players who were due to take their exam this week. We

are very proud of their performance, especially from our solo

players. Well Done. The WI set on a lovely spread of homemade

sandwiches

and tasty cakes.

New Rehearsal Space

We have moved after 60 years of playing in the band room...... we are now rehearsing in Frome College in the old media centre. We are still welcoming beginners to join us 6-7pm, also welcome experienced players. Please email contactfrometownband@gmail.com for more information.

FROME TOWN BAND AGM Friday 16th March 2019

We held our annual general meeting on Friday 16th March, Our Honorary President Jim Boulter thanked Matthew Woolford for his time as Chairman and also Dave Lapham for his 20 years of service in the treasurer role. We also thanked Chris Turner for his musical directorship for the last year, his enthusiasm in building the beginners band which continues to grow. 

 

Kirstie Jones from the 100 club presented a cheque of £600 this year, this will support at least 4/5 members of the beginners band to practice and take their Grade 1 music exam. This is extremely important in building these players confidence when they link up to main band. We wish them luck in the next term as they prepare for their first exam in Brass. Last years donation from the 100 club was put towards buying some excellent new music which we have started to practice and hope to play in public very soon.

Music Awards for 2018

Most promising Newcomer:   Loretta Marks 

Most improved Female:          Isobelle Lear

Most improved Male :              Billy Talman

Musician of the Year :              June Burgess

Stannard Award: For outstanding contribution to the Band : Kirstie Jones

                  Isobelle Lear                              Billy Talman                                         Kirstie Jones

New uptake for 2019

 

We are pleased to have 4 new beginners at the start of the year. It is very encouraging to see such enthusiasm for music. Music education is vital and often so expensive especially if you have private tuition. At Frome Town Band we are offering group tuition in a band environment, for £7 a month, this includes the loan of a brass instrument, an hours band practice / tuition. We are hoping that three of our beginners band are going to take their Grade One later this year. They have  progressed really well and one of them is now joining in with the main band as Second Cornet - Well Done Isobelle x