2018 was a busy, exciting, occasionally disappointing but significant year for the band. Whilst it may not have been our most successful year on the contest stage and, unfortunately, we had to say goodbye to a few players, it was also a year of milestones and new beginnings. The biggest milestone was finally managing to secure a new band room, which we are currently in the process of developing to turn it into a great space for both the band and the community. Excitingly, this new space will also enable us to develop a Brass Academy, which we are hoping to launch in early 2019. Other highlights from 2018 include a hugely successful summer season, a fantastic concert with Chris Hoban to commemorate the WWI centenary and welcoming our own Little Drummer Boys - Adam and Harry - to the senior band. Adam and Harry joined us on percussion just in time for the SWBBA Annual Championships in November and were absolute stars on stage. We look forward to having them with us throughout 2019.
As we return to the band room following a short break between Christmas and New Year, we are looking ahead to what lies in store for 2019. January is always a quiet month in terms of outings, but it’s a time when we turn our attention to the WEBBA Regional Championships that take place in early March. No doubt we will soon be busy focusing on this year’s Second Section test piece - Darrol Barry’s Rise of the Phoenix. We are also looking ahead to our next concert, which is taking place in the Manor Pavilion on Friday 15th February. The concert, which is organised each year by the Sidmouth Lions Club, will feature the band with some guest performers. Tickets are on sale at the Pavilion’s Box Office, which is open Monday to Saturday from 10:00-14:00. Drop in or order your tickets by calling 01395 514413.