The Queen's Ninetieth Birthday Celebrations at Whitby Park

 On June 12th we were one of the attractions at Ellesmere Port’s ‘Love Your Park – The Queen’s 90th Birthday’ celebration which also included a puzzle trail, willow weaving, bowling, crafts, face painting and Brio the Bear! The event was opened by the mayor of Ellesmere Port - Councillor Peter Rooney. (We played at his inauguration a few weeks ago).

The weather was a bit miserable with intermittent rain. Just click on the image below to get an impression of what the weather was like! It was taken just after we'd finished setting up. Whitby Paek Panorama As you can see, we were safe and dry under a marquee, or rather two marquees tied together which meant that there was a narrow gap between them allowing some rain to flow in. However our highly adaptable band members had no trouble arranging the seating to avoid this.  One tricky problem was the absence of the Eb Bass section for various valid reasons.  Our conductor stepped into the brink and put the parts in on his Euphonium whilst also conducting us.  See the pictures below.

We need to thank our solo trombone player Gemma Blackburn's father, who came all the way from Bolton for the event, for taking the pictures which you can see below.  Just click on them to see them full size in our viewer.

Setting Up

Setting Up

Which way should we sit? Do we face the marquee with the tea and cakes? Or out into the park towards the events. Given the rather rainy conditions we though facing the refreshments tent would be best!

Everyone Helps

Everyone Helps

Everybody has to muck in. Our Flugel player, Ken Thomas, helps with the drum kit.

Nearly Ready

Nearly Ready

We hadn't quite worked out the risks of the two tents. You can see our first horn player Peter Brand sitting right under the join of the two marquees!

The Mayor Arrives

The Mayor Arrives

Our conductor has a pre event chat with the mayor of Ellesmere Port - councillor Peter Rooney.

What Shall We Play?

What Shall We Play?

With our conductor playing bass we had to adapt the programme to pick things without too many tempo changes.

Off We Go

Off We Go

And finally of we go with a nice rousing march!

A Quandary

A Quandary

A problem - Now what was that fill that Eddie asked me to do somewhere around here?

And … Stop

And … Stop

Eddie brings the band to a successful conclusion of the march.

 


A Bit More About The Band

In 2013 we decided to rename ourselves Ellesmere Port Concert Brass to emphasize our concentration on concerts and entertainment rather than contesting. The logo, banners and the concert folders were all part of that process.

Our Concert Folder

Our Concert Folder

Our relatively new concert folders - with James Last and At Worlds End at the ready. Note the wind irons. These are fine and magnets are fine but, for Eddie, the time honoured clothes pegs for holding music in place are an anathema. So if you're thinking of joining leave your clothes pegs at home.

Our Banner

Our Banner

Our logo was selected after much democratic heart searching amongst the band when we renamed ourselves. On the plus side it forced us to buy new banners as the old ones were getting rather tatty.

 


Some Sectional Shots

Trombones and Euph

Trombones and Euph

Gemma Blackburn,far right, on first trombone, recently joined the band, and very successfully deped as conductor a few rehearsals ago when we ran through some nice arrangements she had made. They were of fairly modern tunes so they were lost on the more aged members of the band.

Cornets Flugel and Horn

Cornets Flugel and Horn

Claire Doherty, Solo Cornet, Chris Scott Rep, Ken Thomas Flugel and Joan Ballantine Solo Horn.
Claire gave a brilliant atmospheric rendition of the solo in our performance of the theme to 'Open All Hours'.

 


Finally, Some Individuals

Some individual shots from the day.

Dave Southgate

Dave Southgate

This could be under the Sections above since our percussion section consists of just one person - Dave

Chris James

Chris James

Chris is our First Baritone and is always suffering from hypothermia. She was the only one wearing our fleeced wet weather jacket and the temperature was 18 degrees.

Dave Lornie

Dave Lornie

Our Solo Euphonium

Steve Beswick

Steve Beswick

Our Solo Cornet. Another ex army man who honed his skills in the Cheshire Regiment.

Graham Bailey

Graham Bailey

Graham is our only Bb Bass Player. If you look carefully at the back of the picture you can see Brio the Bear.

Eddie Pickering

Eddie Pickering

A rare shot of our conductor Eddie Pickering doing a sterling job with his trusty Imperial Euphonium putting in the Eb Bass parts – Knowing Bass Clef can come in useful if you can remember the extra three flats.