The clocks have changed, we’ve all eaten too many Easter eggs, so it must be time for Oxted Band to start playing outdoor gigs!
We start this Sunday, 8th April when we will be joining with a variety of acts at the National Garden Scheme open day at David Gold’s House, The Chalet, Tupwood Lane. The event is on all afternoon, and we will be playing from 2pm to 3pm.
This will give the band a chance to air some of the music we are preparing for our Spring Concert on the evening of Saturday 28th April at St John’s Church, Hurst Green, when our soloist will be Black Dyke trombonist Paul Woodward. Further details to follow!!
Oxted took part in the Scaba Spring Contest today at the Hawth in Crawley, where we had a very successful morning.
Following the recent closure of the Scaba Registry, and as Oxted have not contested nationally for some years, we found ourselves in a new ungraded section where we competed against two other local bands: Cranbrook Town and Patcham Silver.
Our section played first so we were up early and on stage by 10:20 on a Sunday morning! We opened with the classic Rosehill march, and followed this with Morley Calvert’s work, the Canadian Folk Song Suite. Both seemed to go well, but with contesting you never really know until the results.
After enjoying listening to the Youth, Fourth and Third sections, the morning’s results were finally announced and we found ourselves cheering a lot:
Ungraded Section 1st Place: Oxted Band
Best March prize winners: Oxted Band
Best Conductor: Darrell Scholes, Oxted Band
Best Instrumentalist: Kevin Adams, Principal Cornet, Oxted Band
We came home very happy with our work and looking forward even more to now working towards our next events.
After a busy Christmas period, Oxted Band have had a short rest and are now back to rehearsals ready for the 2018 season!
This year’s calendar is slowly filling up and the next few months will see us back on the contest stage at Scaba Spring in February, whilst 28th April brings our next Stars of Brass concert when we will be joined by Paul Woodward, trombonist from the Black Dyke Band. We’d love to see you at any of our events. If you have an event you’d like us to play at, do get in touch.
We currently have a couple of vacancies, particularly our Bass section is looking for reinforcements, so if you are or you know a capable tuba player looking for a new challenge we’d love to hear from you!
Happy New Year!