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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.