The year has got off to a really positive start with the arrival late in 2018 of Jim Pullen, our new MD. He really is bringing us along and helping to develop our musicality. Things really are looking up!
2018 was a bit of an up and down year for the band. We lost our MD, Colin Thomas at the beginning of the year, and found it rather difficult to find a replacement. Despite the lack of a permanent leader, we continued on valiantly under the temporary leadership firstly of Gavin Clements and then of Roger Randall. The band is very grateful to both of them for their part in keeping the band afloat at this time. During this time the band played several engagements throughout the summer at Portishead in Bloom, Flax Bourton cricket club and Pawlet Fete.
Finally came the good bit – after advertising for a new MD to lead us, we were very pleased when Jim Pullen came along to rehearsal in the late autumn and agreed to take us on! The band is now progressing really well and is flourishing under his leadership. We played a carol service and our usual Christmas concert, both of which went very well (particularly after our rather tricky year!)
May 2017, the band played a great concert in Wells Bandstand
Roger presenting a cheque to Children’s Hospice South West, our charity of the year.
NSCB had the great honour of providing the music at Peter Lench’s funeral and subsequent wake as he was a founder member of the band.
A number of players from other local bands also joined NSCB as guest players for the funeral as Peter was well known in band circles far and wide.
One of the guest players was Eric John a very well known local Bass trombone player, asking if he could join us in our practise evenings with a view to joining the band, I am pleased to say he is now a full member of the band taking the position of Bass Trombone.
We welcome a returning member, Arthur Jackson on Euphonium, after sick leave .
And fresh faces joining in 2016 were the celebrated Peter Callaghan on E flat bass, Rob Coates playing Horn, and Lizzie Brooks on 2nd trombone.
Blowing our own trumpet – some great news from band members….
We’d like to offer our congratulations to Sam Iles, who started his brass banding life playing percussion with us here at NSCB. Having moved on to gain contesting experience with Wooton Under Edge silver band, he recently auditioned and has been offered a place playing with the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain.
Our Musical Director, Colin Thomas has been elected into the National Association of Brass Band Conductors.
Welcome to a New Year! The band was busy in the run up to Christmas, playing at 2 really lovely carol services in Failand and Redhill, and entertaining the shoppers of Waitrose in Portishead on a number of evenings. Money raised from the Waitrose events will be sent to our charity of the year – The Children’s Hospice South West.
Following the retirement as MD of Peter Vann the band continued to thrive and progress under the conductorship of Colin Thomas. The band played a number of engagements throughout the spring and summer, including playing for Portishead in Bloom, Flax Bourton fete as well as a concert at All Saints Church in Weston-Super-Mare. Plans are now in place for a busy run up to Christmas!
The year was a busy one for the band, playing concerts throughout the local area. We fulfilled our now traditional engagement of playing for the judging of Portishead in Bloom in July, and like to think that our playing once again secured the town a good result!
The band hosted a lovely concert in Glastonbury in October which was thoroughly enjoyed by all. It was at this time that we said a sad goodbye to our young drummer Sam who has decided to focus on his membership of the National Children’s brass band.
December saw the band hosting it’s annual Christmas concert in Puxton and Hewish village hall, which was very well attended and thoroughly enjoyed by the band and audience alike. A presentation was made to our outgoing MD, Peter Vann to thank him for all his time with the band and to wish him all the very best for the future.
Christmas was as usual a very busy time for the band, and saw us playing carols outside Waitrose in Portishead on a number of occasions. We also played at The Railway Inn in Sandford. Collections were held at all of our carolling events in aid of our chosen charity for the year.