Watch What We've Been up to in Lockdown!
A Remembrance Day to Remember!
Usually at this time of year we would be dusting off our scarlett jackets, adorning them with poppies and making sure our instruments are looking their shiniest before heading to Framlingham for the Remembrance Parade that the band has done for many, many years.
Instead this year, due to lockdown restrictions of Covid-19 we are looking at a different Remembrance Day for the band altogether.
We played our usual march "1914" as an isolation video instead of using it to lead the procession uphill from the car park to St Michaels Church in Framingham. Many of our players played Last Post before the two-minutes silence from their doorsteps or back gardens. Some of us played to neighbours gathering on their doorsteps, even reducing some to tears, whilst others just played to the birds in the garden!
Everyone who played represented the band superbly to ensure that those who fought for our freedom would be remembered. Lest we forget.
Posted by Lindsay Walker - November 2020
Light at the End of the Tunnel!
Our last band rehearsal was March 2020 - while we've been keeping in touch via Zoom meetings we finally managed, after a full risk assessment, our first rehearsal in October!
We were kindly offered the use of the veranda at Woodbridge Rugby Union Football Club and whilst the first rehearsal was a bit wet and chilly we were undercover and kept mostly dry - even though our music was a tad damp.
No one noticed the weather - we were just so glad to be back playing together and after that first opening piece of music there wasn't a dry eye in the house!!
Since then we've managed a few more rehearsals but sadly just when we were going to weekly get togethers we've entered another lockdown - so for now, we've stopped rehearsing once again. Here's hoping we'll be back together in December as there's nothing we do best than Christmas!! By the way - these two in photo are married so perfectly OK to sit that close to each other!!!
Posted by Sarah Skilton November 2020
Locked Down But Not Locked Out!
For anyone who has played in a brass band before you will know how much of a family you become and the current crisis has been hard on all of us, obviously we've been unable to rehearse and our gigs have been cancelled but we also miss each other very much!
But!! We've been keeping in touch and have been having weekly Zoom meetings on our usual rehearsal night. We've had quizzes, bingo, Countdown and scavenger hunts! Next week we're going to try "Through the Keyhole"!!
We've also dabbled with virtual rehearsing and have recorded and released our lockdown version of the popular march Barnard Castle. With a little help from our ex principle euphonium player, Jake Thorpe, who has edited the recordings (to make sure we're all in time!) and produced the video that goes with it. We've had great feedback, over 2,000 views on Facebook and we're now planning the next one!!
Posted by Sarah Skilton - May 2020