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. 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.
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!
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
Our conductor has a pre event chat with the mayor of Ellesmere Port - councillor Peter Rooney.
What Shall We Play?
With our conductor playing bass we had to adapt the programme to pick things without too many tempo changes.
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 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.
Some Sectional Shots
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
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.
This could be under the Sections above since our percussion section consists of just one person - Dave
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.
Graham is our only Bb Bass Player. If you look carefully at the back of the picture you can see Brio the Bear.