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It is with great sadness that we mark the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Martlesham Brass has always held her in great esteem and we will miss her dedication and constant care for us.
We have followed her example of making our organisation open and welcoming to all.

We look to the future when we can celebrate her life and that of our new sovereign, King Charles III.

Martlesham Brass Publicity


28th November, 2001 - Martlesham Monthly/Kesgrave News entry for November 2001

October was a busy month for Martlesham Brass. We had a celebration 5th Birthday Concert at Martlesham Community Centre on the 6th October. This was attended by well over 100 people, who were treated to performances by 79 of our players. The players were split into 4 bands for most of the concert, but all 79 combined to play 'Happy Birthday' - this was a spectacular sight and an awesome sound! The audience was wowed in the second half of the concert by the Martlesham Brass Main Band who performed a lively set including Lord of the Dance and Amparito Roca, with the crowd's favourite being the James Bond Collection. Once the concert was over the band members then relaxed at the traditional birthday party, with music supplied by Banana Splits Disco.
The very next day four of our bandleaders attended a musicianship workshop organised by the East Anglian Brass Band Association in Norwich. Steve Sykes, a world-renowned Eb Bass Player, lead part of the workshop with the remainder being run by Richard Marshall, the principal cornet player of Grimethorpe Brass Band. This was an amazing day and the bandleaders have been inspired. They are now passing on the techniques they learned for improving performance to other players in Martlesham Brass.

The 15th October saw the first 'taster' session for non-playing parents and older friends of the band. It was arranged to give them the opportunity to have a go at a brass instrument and was held in the privacy of a bandleader's house. The whole evening was helped along with considerable amounts of wine and cheese! (And lots of washing out of instruments afterwards!)

On the 27th October the Preliminary band held a Tea and Tunes Concert, with solos being performed by many of the players. This was attended by many parents and friends and was, as always, a great affair.

Now to November...

Remembrance Day ~ Sunday 11th November
The 11th of November is Remembrance Day and Martlesham Brass is attending two local events. One is at St Mary's Church, Martlesham and the other is the Royal British Legion Parade in Woodbridge.

Martlesham Brass Christmas Bazaar ~ Saturday 24th November ~ 10am - 12 noon
On Saturday 24th November the Band are holding their first Christmas Bazaar at St Michael's Church Centre, Martlesham Heath. This starts at 10am and there will be musical entertainment by the Martlesham Brass Intermediate Band. There will be light refreshments, a cake stall, tombola, and lots of Christmas goodies, so please come along and support the band.

For information about the band please visit our website on
If you wish to book the band please contact Julie on 01473 620240.
If you would like general information about Martlesham Brass, please contact Liz on 01473 623276.

Alison Eyley
Publicity Officer