We are so proud that we got to play at The Birmingham International Tattoo again for the third consecutive year running. It was a special this year because our cadets marched alongside the main corps and then marched on for the mass bands. It all started on Saturday morning 29th November. Everybody was excited because we were going to the NIA again. This event is also our banding highlight of the year. I mean what other way to send off the year in style and by doing that at the Birmingham Tattoo!
On the Saturday we were the beginning band, entertaining people as they took their seats to get ready for the show. Everybody was nervous as you can imagine - we never play to this amount of people! However we should be used to it - but every year we all feel it like its our first time all over again! And we get to do this for 2 days!
It has been a year to remember this year because half of our brass now want to take up the bagpipes, our guard want the old war boys to join guard and we even have the RAF Cosford gun team wanting to play brass instruments, and even loaning a trumpet for one of our little trumpet players because her trumpet broke at the last minute! It has been a very memorable year to say the least.
All our hard work and dedication has once again paid off for us! We are a band who is growing in strength, and who are growing in confidence!
We could not be more proud of the fact that once again a little band in Coseley got to perform their production of 'Way out west' to the paying public at The Birmingham International Tattoo!
Well done all!
We had the pleasure of helping out a church and playing at their annual Christmas fayre. We were asked and we did not have to hesitate with our answer. The church give so much to the band and we always give back what they give us. It is always a pleasure to do this for our church!
We played at around 11:15 on the balcony so people could see who was playing. We played all of our Christmas music book and the comments we had back were very pleasurable - as always at the church.
We love our church and love doing events with them!
So we were asked a month or two back whether we would be able to perform some Christmas carols for Dudley's annual Christmas switch on. We jumped at the chance because we love doing events for our local community and we all love Christmas!
We were asked the perform twice; once in the Churchill sopping centre outside Iceland and then again in Stone street - on stage! Some of our guard and percussion members took the opportunity to be part of brass and play some Christmas carols too! We got crowd appreciation too which is always nice and to hear some children singing along to 'Rudolph the red nose reindeer' made our time up Dudley worth while.
In Stone street we were shocked and some of our members went every excited when we found out that the X-factor favourite Wagner was the guest of honour and who was helping the mayor of Dudley switch on the Christmas Lights. For us this is big as he has been on telly, and we got the chance to perform and to have a chat with him.
We love our community so it was a honour and a privilege to do something like this for the town of Dudley.