The band played at the DLI Museum today - the first time in the summer jobs that we have managed to play the full programme without being interrupted by RAIN.!!!!!!!'
The band performed at Bill Quay Park Funday. Unfortunately the weather was less than kind and the Band played in the Methodist Chapel to a select audience! It was a beautiful chapel with excellent acoustics and we made more new friends!!
The band then had to hurry back from Bill Quay to Esh Village for the Olympic Torch parade and our part in the Cultural Olympiad - Brass the Baton.
The British Federation of Brass Bands has organised an Olympiad where Brass Bands pass coloured batons (each baton matching the coloured Olympic rings) between each other throughout the country as part of the Olympiad, playing a commissioned piece following the route of the Olympic torch. The finale is to be held in Durham on Sunday 22 July. On Wednesday evening our conductor, Michael Evans, received the Green Baton (our allocated colour) from Terry Luddington of the Federation.The Band elected to play the commissioned piece "Going the Distance" composed by Paul Lovatt Cooper at a local event organised by the residents association of Esh Village.
However, the weather once again played a part in the proceedings and it poured with rain from the band arriving until the end of the event. It did nothing to dampen people's spirits though and there was a fantastic turn out in the village to welcome the Torch. The band played a selection of marches and light music before performing "Going the Distance" for the passing of the torch. Despite being soaking wet, everyone enjoyed the event as a memorable historic moment for the village and Band.
Today the Band performed at the opening of the Ushaw Moor Community Garden. The garden was opened by the Mayor and Lady Mayoress and has been established as a positive youth diversion programme based around horticulture and agriculture supporting the Durham Agency Against Crime (HAGGRID Project). Whilst the Band managed a 20 minute set just prior to the official opening, the weather once again called the shots and an unrequested downpour brought proceedings to a halt. However, the Band moved into a nearby hall to entertain the guests who also enjoyed an
excellent buffet. Ushaw Moor Action Group were also raising funds for Thomas Brennan, a local 5 year boy who suffers from spastic diplegic cerebral palsy to enable him to go to America for ground breaking surgery to allow him to walk properly. The Band donated the majority of their fee to the cause. We wish Thomas all the best for the future and hope the operation is successful.