Well, the harvests are mostly in so the Autumn must be upon us once again…….. After a few weeks break over the summer Hannington got together for their first rehearsal a couple of weeks ago. It was a mad panic to put together a program for the bandstand in Newbury Park. Fortunately the weather was kind and indeed became positively balmy by the end of the afternoon. We played to a small audience with more people strolling past throughout the afternoon. The usual treat of a half time cup of tea at the kiosk in the park helped things along!!
What a surprise it was to have not blown much over the Summer…. must start some secret practice I think!
Dare I say it……. thoughts are now turning towards the Christmas Season and dates are starting to appear for Carol sessions! Anyway enough of that, plenty of the year left yet!
What can I say? It was a bright sunny afternoon and so there were lots of people out enjoying the activities in Eastrop Park. I have to say that this was possibly the windiest concert I have ever had the pleasure to play at. Everyone in the band was armed with plenty of pegs and magnets in an attempt to keep the music on place on the stand. You certainly had to develop a cunning technique of keeping one foot on your stand feet to stop that blowing over, whilst keeping the other foot on top of the spare music whilst at the same time attempting to peg and unpeg your music in the middle of a gale!! Oh! and dont forget not to drop your instrument in the process!!!
Numerous stands were blown over, one stand actually snapped and I managed to lose all my music, most of which was caught by a combination of the trombone and percussion sections!
Only one of my pieces of music made it into the Lake but after pegging it to the stand it soon dried out in the wind!
Next event is the Hannington Country Fair, always a fantastic day out and I cannot recommend it highly enough!
Amazingly good weather greeted up as the Tadley Treacle Fair! Always a busy location to play at with lots of activity taking place both inside the main ring and around the field. The band had an enjoyable afternoon playing a varied selection of music. It was great to have Lizzie helping us out on Trombone, thanks for your help Lizzie! Next event will be playing in Eastrop Park in Basingstoke, hope to see you there!
The band held its annual social evening last Thursday at a pub in Overton. The pub provided a skittle alley in an outside room which the band took over for the evening. Three teams were formed, Forte, Allegro and Vibrato and the contest began. Three rounds were played with one team consistently outperforming the other two. Vibrato managed to win the first two rounds by quite a large margin and then narrowly managed to win the third round too!
Food was served following the main competition which gave everyone a chance to discuss the skills that had been shown so far! This was followed by a knockout competition which saw Lewis lasting the longest and being the last player standing. Thanks to Kathryn for keeping on top of the scoring!!
A great evenings entertainment based upon songs from the Stage and Musicals. A joint effort by the Basing Singers and Hannington Silver Band saw a number of popular and familiar pieces performed to a full hall. Pieces from the Band included Les Miserables, Abba, Whistling Down the Wind, Half a Sixpence and many more.