Grange Bandstand

Name of walk Grange Bandstand
Date of walk 2019-08-18

On Sunday afternoon I played with the South Cumbria Brass Band at Grange-Over-Sands bandstand. What could possibly be more British? It was my first time playing in a proper bandstand. There were also no sheep! 🙁 Or livestock of any description, so it was dress trousers and shiny shoes!

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The bandstand. It was very windy this afternoon, with black clouds, so there was a discussion whether to move to the alternative inside venue. Thankfully the decision was to stay and play here.

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This is the only bandstand I've seen with a moat! We have to cross a bridge to get into it. I suppose it keeps the groupies at arms length! It also means if I give Brendan my camera to take some shots, I won't get it back to take some from inside the bandstand.

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We get plenty of time to set up.

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It is far too windy to have banners on our stands, and the wind has already blown a couple over. I keep my foot on mine for the whole performance.

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A closer view. Left click to enlarge, click again to return.

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We start with 'Blaze Away'. The wind is strong. I have some long magnets to keep my music in place, but I also borrow a few of Billy's super strength magnets, as even mine aren't sufficient today.

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Ian the conductor, about to be attacked by a Triffid! Left click to enlarge, click again to return.

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Mervyn performs a solo to 'Georgia On My Mind' on the trumpet, not a brass band instrument, but it provides the right tone which enhances the performance.

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I always begin with good intentions of counting the 32 bars rest I have during his solo. But every time I just get totally enthralled by his brilliance that I just lose count and have to wing it!

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Just superb!

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'The Bold Gendarmes', a piece for the trombones to shine. Due to the wind they decide to stay sat down for this......'The Sensible Gendarmes'?

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Back row cornets.

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The wind still managed to dislodge my music at the start of 'Kalinka', despite my music stand containing more magnets than a perpetual motion machine!

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Half-time! I need a cup of coffee to warm my hands up! Fellow St. James' bell ringer, Geoff, has come to watch with wife, Ros. He thinks the band are very good!

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Considering the weather, we have quite a large audience. Some have even brought their own seats.

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Some prefer to sit on the grassy bank.

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Clarry performs his 'Misty' flugelhorn solo.

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This is another one I just love to listen to. At Thursday's practice I photographed Clarry's hand-written music for his solo piece, so I could play it on my cornet. It's one hell of a lot of dots per square inch! Another 30 years and I'll have it nailed!

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Magic!

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The ladies that did the tea and organised the seating.

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Grange-Over-Grass? Morecambe Bay and the Promenade.

An excellent afternoon! The audience were both very appreciative and hardy to brave the weather! Brendan said he overheard many good comments as he moved around with the camera. Same time next year?

Jo.

 

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