2017 was an eventful year that will be remembered as one of the best, and most important, in the band’s history. Concert highlights include our best ever summer season, a great Last Night of the Proms, a very special Memories and Milestones concert at which we celebrated Harold’s 70 years with the band, and two hugely enjoyable Christmas concerts.
On the contest stage, the band competed in the First Section for the first time ever. After establishing ourselves in the section at the Areas in March, we ended the contesting year on a real high, being named top First Section band at the SWBBA’s Annual Championships and coming third overall in the Open Section. This was a huge achievement and one that we will aim to build on as we head into the new year.
Aside from concerts and contests, the last few weeks of 2017 has also seen the band secure new premises - largely thanks to the hard work and perseverance of our Chairman, Martin. The band will soon be setting up base at St. Francis Church Hall, which will provide us with the much needed additional space we need to rehearse and to develop a training academy to help to secure the band’s long term future.
Huge thanks to everyone that supported us in any way during 2017. Special thanks though to our fantastic Friends of Sidmouth Town Band Committee - Val, Sally and Andrea. Your support and enthusiasm are second to none, and we wouldn’t have been able to achieve what we achieved in 2017 without you.
As we head into 2018 with a spring in our step and excited for what lies ahead, we would like to wish you all a very happy and prosperous New Year!