Here we go again… Summer 2018

Well, here we are once again at the beginning of June.  We have just completed another successful Long Sutton Friendly Society Club Day… in the blazing sunshine I might add!  What a wonderful affair and the 200th Anniversary of this wonderful tradition.

We move swiftly into June and July where we see three more open air concerts in the fantastic Pageant Gardens, this year ALL featuring our wonderful Youth Band!!  Roll on 17th June (father’s day), bring your Dad, bring your picnic and enjoy the band!

We also made the press on numerous occasions recently and enjoyed a little sunshine (a lot!) at the Sherborne Castle Country Fair.

I include a few photos, and hope that you can all join us for the upcoming concerts!  Happy Summer holidays and Happy Banding!

Merry Christmas

Well, its that busy time of the year during which the band are enjoying Carolling in the town centre, every Saturday, and a number of prestigious Christmas concerts, including the Freemasons Christmas Carol Service and the Sherborne Christmas concert in the Abbey.  All of these concerts have been well attended and fantastic ‘Christmassy’ events.

It really does feel like Christmas during the band’s annual Christmas Sing A Long concert.  We were lucky enough to use the Cheap Street Church this year, and the event was a huge success.  Highlights included the Sherborne Youth Band and the wonderful Sherborne Community Choir.  We are so privileged and proud to have done two concerts with this choir.

The band have a busy 2018 ahead and look forward to more success in the year ahead.  We would like to wish all our supporters and friends and family a Merry Christmas and a prosperous new year.

Summer is well and truly in full swing!…

Yesterday (Sunday 9th July) saw the first of our ‘Music In The Park’ concerts at the beautiful Pageant Gardens, in Sherborne.  The venue is always fantastic and on this occasion the audience was truly spectacular, also.

Minutes before the band struck up, Sherborne Train Station saw the passing of a steam engine, and it wasn’t long before the gardens was packed with people, many saying how wonderful it was to hear the music and feel the vibe, of this stunning summers day.  Luckily the weather stayed on our side as well!

We were also lucky enough to be joined by our friends from Ecco Gelato – the local Gelateria!  It was great to have cold, fresh ice cream to keep the punters listening and enjoying the afternoon.

It is always such a lovely community event, and we are looking forward to our next two concerts (13th August and 8th October).

We, of course, can’t forget the amazing Sherborne Youth Band, led by Jim Bennett.  Thank you to all the youngsters who turned out and entertained us to the max!  Well done guys!

See you at the next concert, but for now, enjoy some photos!

‘Music in the Park’ success and LNOP 2016

It has been a busy summer again and the most enjoyable concerts of all are always those in our home town.  We have now played two of our three FREE ‘open air’ concerts in the Pageant Gardens, Sherborne.  It has been fantastic to see so many people turn out to support the band and enjoy a picnic, ice cream or beer with the family, in these stunning grounds.

This short video (below) of ‘Aces High’ was uploaded to our YouTube channel and Facebook pages and received some fantastic comments and likes.  The STB twitter feed got busy as well with lots of praise and positive words for the band.  “Thanks @stbsherborne for a lovely day in the Pageant Gardens”; “Made a care home outing for my Mum extra special” and “Fab music today!”, were just some of the comments.

As always, we have enjoyed playing for the public this year, and hope to provide three more concerts next year.  Our last concert in the gardens this year will be Sunday 18th September, 2.30pm onwards.

The work doesn’t stop just yet, and before you know it Christmas will be upon us!  But before that, we are performing at the Historic Vehicle Rally next week, 28th August in Sherborne, and of course don’t forget our ‘Last Night Of The Proms‘ concert on 24th September – it is set to be a truly spectacular event this year – don’t miss out, get your tickets now!

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2016 – a busy year ahead…

Well, a belated ‘Happy New Year’ to all our supporters, and a huge thank you to all of you for supporting us and listening to our music throughout 2015.  We had a great year with lots of enjoyment had by all, playing at fetes, summer park venues and much more.

We are busy already practising for the Area Contest in Torquay, this March – with Steve busy tackling those ‘hard to play’ areas with each section of the band, we are sure to go and play our hearts out and do the best we can.

Looking ahead into 2016, we already have a busy calendar, and its not even February yet!  We have already got dates on the online calendar for our Last Night of The Proms, Christmas Concert and other Summer events.  Please have a look at the concerts and mark on your own calendars!  You can even download the calendar for your computer or smart phone and import to your devices, if you so wish!

We are also excited for Youth Band as they have a busy year also, which starts primarily with the Youth ‘Makes Music’ concert in March.

We will of course be visiting the Pageant Gardens for 3 more glorious entertainment concerts, in June, July and August.  These have been so successful and well received in the past three years, we love playing to the public in the parks, and thanks for all the lovely comments last year.

Well, its onwards and upwards with the contest rehearsing, and then it’ll soon be time for the annual Band Dinner!  No doubt pictures and a blog post about this will be posted in late March.  Good luck to everyone at the West of England contest in March, from STB.

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It’s that time of the year again – Last Night of The Proms 2015

Well here we are again, at the end of a very busy [as per usual] summer season of concerts, weddings and many other occasions.  The year has been a good one for the band so far.  Steve Rogers has taken the band through the year with gusto and real enthusiasm for music and entertaining the public.  I think the series of three open air Pageant Gardens concerts really showed off the band to its best – well done to all involved and especially Steve for all the hard work with music and rehearsals.  A huge thanks to Sherborne Town Council for supporting these events.

It is that time of the year again where we are busy getting things ready for the Last Night Of The Proms – 26th September.  It is sure to be another great concert, so get your tickets early – tickets on sale from end of August via Sherborne Tourist Information Centre and via the website.  We regret, due to closure, tickets will not be available from Sherborne Photographic.  Tickets will, of course, be available on the door.

It was fantastic to receive a cheque for £250 for our new set of music folders, which are a much needed item for a band and something that gets easily marked and broken over the years.  They will look smart and hold the all important sheet music – you can see them in their glory at the Sherborne Historic Vehicle Rally on Sunday 30th August.  Thanks to rotarian Brian Hellyar who made the presentation to Natalie Miles, our band Secretary.