The Coseley Comets, Breaking the Barriers
Sunday 28th June saw The Coseley Comets breaking new barriers in this, a year of first’s for the band, the members, the staff and the volunteers. For the first time, since the band became a community band in 1979, they participated in a competition, organised and run under the Traditional Youth Marching Band (TYMBA) rules.
The band were asked to perform last year, while at the Birmingham International Tattoo by the show organiser Paul Wong, and after a discussion we decided to take up the challenge.
We arrived on the morning with an air of anticipation, not knowing the procedures we would have to go through during the day and how the morning would progress.
For the first time in years the members were called out for individual inspection, and then taken to the rear of the arena for the performance. There was a good audience on the day who were very appreciative of the band even though we were totally different to the type of performance they were used to.
However, even though the arena was smaller than we were used to, the band adapted and performed admirably on the day, and with the band playing with Himley Hall at the rear, this provided the perfect backdrop.
The band struck an instant rapport with the eagerly watching audience with their 2015 production, Musical Diversity, A Night At The Theatre. We have taken a selection of songs from theatre productions, to highlight the diverse nature of music in theatre. All That Jazz, a bright opening number taken from the musical ‘Chicago’. They then moved on to a contrasting slow yet emotion packed I Dreamed a Dream from the smash hit ‘Les Miserables’. Then to lighten the mood they moved on to Defying Gravity taken from the West End hit show ‘Wicked’ and finished the show with the foot tapping number December 1963 Oh What A Night from the smash hit show ‘Jersey Boys’
The band finished the day with a silver award on the day. Steve Poole, the band secretary said, ‘The band were very honoured to be asked to perform at the competition, especially as it was our very first performance under TYMBA rules. We were made very welcome by all the staff, the TYMBA committee and also the judges on the day whose tapes and score sheet’s were very constructive for our instructors and staff to work on for future competitions. The band would like to wish all involved with TYMBA the very best for 2015 and hope to see you again this season’
To view the photos that were taken on the day of the band please go to the facebook page ‘Comets Media Team’, like the page and the photos are there to view together with photos from other events we have taken part in. We would also like it if you would like or leave a comment that we as a team can respond to.
Anyone interested in the band, whether to join, to check on our future events, or to book the band for an event please come and see us where we are performing. Alternatively we have our website, www.thecometsymb.co.uk. We have our facebook page under The Comets Performance Ensemble and we have our own You Tube and Vimeo channels under The Comets PE. Our e mail address is email@example.com. We are also on Flickr and Instagram. We are also on twitter and you can follow the band. The address is @cometspe. We would like you to visit our social media outlets, and please leave a comment that we can reply to, or follow us on Twitter
Alternatively we would like to see you at any of our practices. We rehearse at Upper Ettingshall Methodist Church, Upper Ettingshall Road on Tuesday Evenings from 7pm till 8pm and at The Coseley School from 7pm till 8.30pm on Thursday Evenings All we ask is that you check that practice is on before you travel.
The Coseley Comets, Darkhouse Baptist Church Summer Fayre
It was going to be a long weekend for everyone involved with the band for sure. With rehearsal and doing Wilkinson's summer fayre it was going to be a tiring weekend for everybody.
The morning started with the hyper vibe on the back of the coach as we started our 2 hour drive up to Grantham football club. We had a Comet playlist on and we were all singing away to all tunes we had to offer.
We got to the venue in good time and the brass and guard had chance to go through some last minute things they needed to go through. The percussion was left to tap the beats on the pavement!
We all got changed and made our way to have the confidence speech from Jayne - That's when we knew it was showtime!
We lined up and we were off - LETS GET IT COMETS
After a shaky start we were in our stride coming into our own when we hit defying gravity! As we finished our supporters were fantastic and to hear them cheer us on was fantastic!
It was now time for the results and we managed to get Colourguard and Field Wind and gaining a total of 34 points! Onwards and upwards now onto Daventry! See you there!
We were very fortunate to play at St Chads summer fayre on the 13th June. We really do like giving back to the community and we always get a warm reception when we do go out and perform. We played twice and both times the applause that we received and very welcoming. We played House of the rising sun as well as Defying Gravity and I dreamed a dream. All this hard work in a preparation for our competitions and also to attract new youngsters in corps.
The Coseley Comets, Coseley Fun Day
Saturday 6th June saw the Coseley Comets perform once again at the annual Coseley Fun Day, organised by the Big Local Community Committee.
On an early summer’s day with the sun beating on Clayton Park, the community came together and gathered to make it another success and to prove that the community spirit is alive and kicking in Coseley and the surrounding are...as.
The band gave two arena performances which left the watching audience wanting more and more from the kids. The performance consisted of their 2014 show, ‘The Wild West’ and followed by a taste of the 2015 show Musical Diversity, ‘A Night At The Theatre’
The Corps Director Jayne Poole said ‘it is always a pleasure and a privilege to perform in front of the community that we represent wherever we perform throughout the country and we hope that we make them proud that the Coseley Comets is their band’.
We would like to say a big thank you to the performers who excelled themselves on the day. Also a big thank you to the organisers and the volunteers from the Big Local, without who there would not be a Coseley Fun Day. We would also like to say thank you to the audience who listened and showed their appreciation after both performances.
We would like to give a thank you to Black Country Radio who expertly ran the afternoon and in particular to Kevin Matthews who gave the band a tremendous welcome on to the arena on both occasions.
However the engagements keep on coming for the ‘in demand’ Coseley Comets. Next Saturday it is the turn of St Chad’s Church Summer Fayre to receive the Comets followed by Wilkinson Primary School and Darkhouse Baptist Church Summer Fayre’s
Anyone who wants to know more about the band, where we are performing, how to join the band, or to book the band for an engagement, there are a number of ways. You can speak to any of the staff or volunteers and they will all point you in the right direction. We have a website, www.thecometsymb.co.uk and a facebook page ‘The Comets Performance Ensemble. Also if you visit ‘You Tube’ we have our own channel under The Comets Performance Ensemble. We practice at Upper Ettingshall Methodist Church on Tuesday evenings from 7pm till 8pm and at The Coseley Leisure Centre on Thursday’s from 7pm till 8.30pm and a warm welcome awaits at any of our practices.