4th May, 2012 - May Newsletter
Brass the Baton
Brass The Baton is an exciting new project for 2012 designed to increase participation in Brass Band Music on a scale never attempted before from a single event. It provides a unique opportunity for brass musicians, and conductors, of all ages and standards, to perform a new music commission as part of a nationwide celebration of brass band music making for the 2012 Cultural Olympiad.
Brass The Baton is basically a relay involving 5 conductor's batons, each representing one of the 5 Olympic rings and coloured accordingly. Martlesham Brass will be starting the relay for the yellow baton at our Spring Concert and Terry Luddington the project director will be present.
The relay race will last for 11 weeks providing 385 potential performance days A special piece of music has been commissioned for Brass The Baton entitled "Going The Distance", it comprises 5 distinct "flavours" that can be performed independently along the route of each baton. The world premiere performance of the complete piece will only occur when all 5 "flavours" / batons / massed bands of brass musicians come together for the project finale on Sunday 22nd July. Further details on the Brass the Baton relay can be found on the following web site http://mad4bb.ning.com/page/brass-the-baton-overview
The Spring concert which will be held at St Michael's on the 12th May. Tickets are now available either from Friday practices or on line at the Martlesham Brass web site.
As part of the Summer Fayre we are again running our Grand Draw. You should by now have received a set of tickets which we would very much like you to sell to your family and friends. There are three headline prizes of £100, £50 and £25 to be won along with many other prizes. The Grand Draw is a key part of our annual fundraising effort so if you are able to sell additional tickets please see either your bandleader or a member of the fundraising committee who will be able to provide you with more. If you are not able to sell all (or any) of your tickets, could you please return them to a Friday practice so that they can be re-allocated.
The band Summer Fayre this year will be held on the green outside St Michael's on the 23rd June from 1:00pm until 5:00pm. All of the usual attractions will be on offer including our BBQ, book and cake stalls plus games stalls with fun for all the family.
To celebrate the London Olympics, this year we will also be holding a series of sporting events for all band members. Teams will be based on instrument, rather than by band, so we will have a Cornet and flugel team, a horns, baritone and euphonium team and (best of all) a trombones and basses team. So, come prepared for the Egg and Spoon race, the Dressing up race and all of the other events that we have planned.
Of course all of the Martlesham Brass bands will be playing and we will be performing the Brass the Baton music "Going the Distance" as a massed band.
As usual we are looking for helpers to make the day go well. In addition to the usual stall manning, we will also need people to help organize our sporting events, so if you have an hour or two to spare we would love to have your help. A volunteers board will be available at Friday practice soon, so sign up and help the band.