Avonbank (Evesham) Brass Band was formed in 1948 meaning that this year being 2018 it is Avonbank’s 70th Anniversary.
When considering how to mark this momentous occasion it was decided to invite six other local bands to play in a huge marquee. It was always an ambitious decision but through the hard work of the committee, especially Andrew Mclure, Steph Arthur & Dan Chandler the day actually happened & what an event it was.
A marquee was hired that held up to 250 people with a stage & a smaller marquee that acted as a changing room. All of this took place at The Ferry, Evesham. The proprietors, Diana & Robbie Raphael gave permission for all this to take place in the Ferry grounds, provided a bar & BBQ.
The weather behaved & everyone seemed to have a great time. The marquee was quite full most of the day with standing room only at the end.
The bands playing were :
FAME (First Access to Music)
Avonbank Community Training Band
Stour Concert Brass
Arrow Valley Brass
Bretforton Silver band
Alcester Victoria Band
Avonbank (Evesham) Brass Band
Each band took to the stage & entertained the audience with an eclectic array of music. I don’t think there was one duplication. The change overs were managed well & for an event of this size, it actually stayed and ended on time!
It was Avonbank’s night so we played least to a very appreciative audience. As said before a lot of hard work went into the organisation of the event & once again massive thanks must go to Diana & Robbie Raphael plus all their staff. Andrew Mclure for all his organisational skills & his presenting skills during the day. The three ladies who sold raffle tickets all day, Diane Maden, Denise Robins & Jan Mclure, all the players from all the bands & the audience without whom it would have been a bit flat.
Thank you everybody.