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Jackets off? - Jackets on!

The band now turns their attention to devising a programme for the following events as we begin our schedule of summer engagements. Let’s hope the weather is kind.

Where to see the band this year:

23rd June Weston Underwood Church Fete

25th June Beginner showcase

30th June Cherry Fair Olney/ Ravenstone

6th July Newport Pagnell Carnival

14th July Bell and Bear Emberton

1st September Emberton Fete

28th September 50th Anniversary Concert

Please check social media for precise times and venues



CONTEST ROUND -UP

Stevenage Area Qualifying Contest

LONDON AND SOUTHERN COUNTIES

SECOND SECTION

The band travelled to Stevenage for the annual regional contest, competing against 17 other bands in the Second Section, playing Triptych by Philip Sparke, they left the stage pleased with their performance. Of course, as we all know, the result is in the lap of the adjudicator and it perhaps wasn’t what we had hoped for. However, through the power of social media we do get instant feedback from other interested parties and this was the comments posted on

Band 9: Olney Brass (Philip Devine)

An effervescent opening from Olney Brass, with a true show of light and shade. Some good sounds across the band, especially the lower brass. Clean and precise exposed passages supported well by basses and percussion. Confidence grows in time and the bright band sound is shown. An accurate display of agility and technicality from the euphoniums and basses.

The duet sees a rhythmic and fluid rendition of a beautifully written score. Gorgeous tone from principal euphonium - yet another show of upcoming young talent here at Stevenage. Tutti cornets take over the tune with ease and grace.

Brilliant sounds coming from the trombone section - the only way I can describe the bass trombones gorgeous sound is meaty. Rich lower brass supports a sparkling cornet melody. The easy-sounding euphonium is a refreshing reminder of the beauty in this music.

The band really lets loose in this final section and you can hear the ease. Fun and bouncy, the melody leads the mood, with even the basses adding to a cheery atmosphere. Euphoniums - wow! You glided over the band with such ease and musicality. As the band heads towards the finale, you can feel the excitement and energy here in the auditorium.

Well done!


March was a busy month for our beginners - here we see David Rose presenting certificates to

members who graduated from 'Learn to Play Brass Stage 1'.

Well done everyone! 👏🥳🎶🎺Their showcase is scheduled for Tuesday 25th June 2024 at

6.30pm in St Peter and St Paul‘s Church Newport Pagnell. This will feature the Beginner and

Open Bands and Olney Brass -a great way to celebrate a successful year.


Members had an early start travelling to Cheltenham and were part of a joint venture with other young players from MK to participate in the National Youth

Brass Band Championships in Cheltenham.


Taking on the theme of ‘Time Travel’ players walked on to the theme from Doctor Who. Their programme included William Tell, Moonlight Serenade and Jurassic Park. The early start was worth it as the band played really well. For some it was their first experience of playing in a group and to an audience. Here's to many more! Many thanks to Brass Bands England for organising such a great event and to Olney Brass for helping to collaborate with us on this trip.


Thanks again go to David, Sara and Phil for giving up so much time to ensure this went ahead.


Some former members we are hoping will attend our 50th!

Mark ‘Oscar’ Harris Stephen Drury Philip Peake (trombones)

Duncan Larder Susan Coombs James Howson Barry Webster

Andrew Greig Andy Harris Paul Sanderson Kevin Daniels

Claire (?) John Albone Dale Underwood Tim Hunt Simon Gee


Some fund raising memorabilia from the early 80's. No doubt some former members have a few items stashed away at the back of their cupboards.

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