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A group of players from the Aveley and Newham Band took part in the Scaba Ringmer solo and ensemble contest on the 11th of February. Simon Jones, Ed Ashby, Ben Watling, Paul Bosworth and Robert Domingue performed in the open ensemble category and were awarded second place for their performance of the Ewald quintet. Another ensemble consisting of Rhys Cave, Hannah Morton, Simon Jones and Paul Bosworth were awarded second place playing Phillip Sparke's Divertimento. Both ensembles received adjudicator's remarks from Jeremy Wise.

The band also fielded a strong team of soloists in both the Slow Melody contest and the Open Solo. Pieces ranged from traditional brass band favourite Share my Yoke to Faure, the Goedicke Concert Étude and a Faure song. Congratulations should go to Ed Ashby, one of our E flat bass players who came second playing a humorous and skilful Bass in the Ballroom. Lynda Nicholson, adjudicator, said of Ed's performance 'You have formidable technique and musicianship.' Congratulations to all involved.

Scaba Ringmer solo and ensemble contest the 11th of February 2012

31st March 2012 - Aveley and Newham perform at the Olympic Park.

On Saturday the 31st of March, the Aveley and Newham Band made history by becoming the first Brass Band to perform in the Olympic Park.  We provided entertainment for the 5000 athletes taking part in the five mile run around the Olympic venue.  The event, organised by the National Lottery was the first time members of the public had been allowed into the stadium.

The Band were stationed by the four mile marker and hopefully we gave the athletes that extra motivation to keep going for the final mile!  The atmosphere in the venue was fantastic. The band were met with cheers and applause by grateful athletes and in between pieces (and during them in some cases), shouts of encouragement also came from the band!

As well as playing for the runners, it gave us a great chance to check out the preparations for the Olympics and soak up the atmosphere in the Stadium.  As the Aveley and Newham Band we carry the name of the London Borough which includes the Olympic site and we were proud to be asked to play at the event.

The Only Way Is Essex

Members of the band recently spent a day filming for the ITV2 programme “The Only Way is Essex”. The programme was broadcast on the 27th May 2012

Grand Shield contest 13th May

Blackpool 2012

The band took part in the Grand Shield Contest at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool.

Performing the piece “On The Shoulders of Giants” by Peter Graham, the band played well and finished in the top twenty.

All England Masters Contest Kettering 2012

The band took part in this contest this year as it has done since 1996. Playing John Ireland’s “Comedy Overture” the band gave an excellent performance on the stage and were proud to achieve eighth place.

Above - the band rehearsing on the day of the contest.

Left - Richard Scarff playing percussion on the contest stage.

The band performed a concert of film music at St Peter’s and St Paul’s church Aylesford, Kent.

29th June 2012

More photos


20th Century Fox Fanfare

Star Trek

Jurassic Park

The Summer Knows

Bubbles Was A Cheer Leader

Gladiator - Barbarian Horde

Schindler’s List

Far and Away

West Side Story - Somewhere

633 Squadron

Indiana and The Temple of Doom

For Your Eyes Only

Pirates Of  The Caribbean

Somewhere Out There

Harry Potter

Gone With The Wind

Star Wars

21st / 22nd July 2012 - Band perform at the Newham Show (Olympic Flame) to celebrate the arrival of the Olympic Torch.

The band performed in the Central Park, East Ham as part of the Newham show which incorporated the arrival of the Olympic torch on it’s way to the Olympic Stadium. This is the second event that the band has taken part in that has been related to the 2012 Olympics.

The band started off the Newham show  by playing on the main stage first thing Saturday morning playing music such as “Olympic Fanfare and Theme”, “Fanfare and Flourishes” and “Blenheim Flourishes”. Later in the day the band performed on the band stand situated elsewhere in the park.

The band performed on the bandstand again in the afternoon on the Sunday.

The Aveley and Newham Brass band take part in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

On the fourth of June 2012 the Aveley and Newham Brass Band performed a wonderful concert on the bandstand in the Castle Park Gardens at Colchester as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations. As well as performing traditional brass band favourites such as “The Lincolnshire Poacher” and the “Army of the Nile” march the band also performed traditional British pieces such as “Jerusalem”, “Pomp and Circumstance”, “Fantasia on British Sea Songs”, “Best of British Marches” and the “Radetzky March”. There were a large number of people in the audience who joined in with the celebrations with enthusiasm.

Members of the band also performed at the Lakeside shopping centre on the 4th and 5th of June. Forming a smaller ensemble of around fifteen players the band played marches, waltzes and songs from the world of pop, jazz and film which included “Singing In The Rain” -  which was very apt!

See more photos from the concert

The band then went straight into a rehearsal in the press room with Haydn James the musical director, Laura Wright  a famous and accomplished soprano singer the Wessex Male Choir and the Huntindon Male voice choir.

The band went onto the stadium pitch at around 1.55pm and 79,000 people joined them in singing songs which were “Angels”, “Delilah”, “Shine”, and “Hey Jude”. The sound of everyone singing in the stadium was phenomenal and the crowd went wild for the Aveley and Newham Brass Band at the end of every song. The band then accompanied Laura Wright for “Abide With Me” and the “National Anthem” before exiting the stadium and watching the exciting game from the terraces. The performance was broadcast to millions watching around the globe.

August 25th 2012

The Aveley and Newham Brass Band perform to 79,100 people at Wembley Stadium as part of the opening ceremony for the Carnegie Rugby League Challenge Cup 2012

It was an early start for the band with the coach leaving the band room at 7.30am. Following two pick ups around the northcircular the band arrived at Wembley Stadium and went straight in to a sound check and entry and exit rehearsal on the pitch at Wembley Stadium.

Aveley & Newham End Fourteen Year MD Partnership

The Aveley & Newham Band have parted company with Musical Director Nigel Taken. Nigel's tenure with the band saw him become one of the longest serving conductors of a top ranked band having been appointed fourteen years ago. During this time he took the Aveley & Newham Band to three regional contest victories and the band  appeared at the National Finals ten times during his reign. Nigel also led the band to victories in the Grand Shield in 2006 and the Yeovil Entertainment Contests. The band were also awarded  a prize at the Butlins’ Entertainment contest and achieved second place at the French Open contest. Whilst under his leadership the band appeared every year at the All England International Masters contest, something which no other band has achieved.

The band committee has stated: “In ending our association with Nigel Taken we would like to recognise the enormous contribution and commitment to the Aveley and Newham Band by Nigel Taken over the past fourteen years. His musicality and band training has been major factor in the past successes of the band and we wish him all the very best for the future.”

Nigel Taken - Musical Director

Band take part in Remembrance Day 2012 Service at Aveley War Memorial

The Aveley and Newham band were proud to take part in the Remembrance Day 2012 service which took place at the Aveley War Memorial. Two hundred and fifty attended to pay their respects to all those who have lost their lives during conflict.

Aveley and Newham take Second Prize and Trombones win Best Section

at the Leicester Contest 25th November 2012

Playing Philip Sparke’s Partita and conducted by Melvin White the band gave a stunning performance.

1st December 2012 - Aveley and Newham kick off their Christmas season of concerts by performing a concert of Christmas music at St Peter and St Paul’s church in Aylesford . The band played pieces such  as Leroy’s Anderson’s Christmas festival, a Christmas Finale by Paul Lovatt and Troika by Prokofiev.

Out carolling

Concert at St Michael’s church, Aveley

Out at Upminster lodge

A fantastic start to 2013!

The band kicked off the new year with a superb couple of rehearsals. With twenty six players and five apologies received from members that were unable to attend the band is looking healthier than ever. The band played it’s recently purchased new pieces such as Peter Graham’s “Seize The Day” and Otto M Schwarz’s “Glory Fanfare”.The first rehearsal was taken by Andy Austin.

And the second on Thursday by Melvin White.

What A Busy Christmas!

Christmas 2012 was one of the busiest Christmas’s the band has ever had. With three major concerts, carolling around the streets of Aveley, gigs such as playing at the Orsett golf club, the Crown and anchor pub ,the Upminster lodge and the Womens Institute Christmas party the band was absolutely flat out for the whole month of December.

On the 21st of December the band played at Thurrock Civic hall along with the famous singer Stacy Solomon as well as local school choirs.

On the 15th of December the band gave a marvellous concert in the local church of St Michaels and on the 1st played at Aylesford in Kent.

The band rehearsing before the concert at Thurrock Civic Hall, grays

Stacy Solomon performing in the concert

16th February 2013

Congratulations to Madi Cave for winning second prize at the SCABA under fourteen’s solo contest in Sussex representing the Aveley & Newham juniors. She also won the prize for being the youngest competitor in the whole competition.

Madi Cave Braedyn Cave

We are also really proud of Braedyn Cave for winning the Under fourteen's category at the SCABA solo competition, representing the Aveley & Newham juniors. He also came third in the under eighteen's category. Both he and his sister Madi are a credit to the band.

25th March 2013

Band hold AGM

On the 25th of March the band held it’s AGM.

The new committee is;

Chairman - Richard Scarff

Secretary / Band Manager - Dave Howell

Treasurer - Bob Osbourne

Property Master - Mike West

Committee Member - Chris Augustine

Committee Member - Ben Frost

Non committee positions are;

Musical Director - Melvin White

President - Jeff Selway

Vice President - Trevor Foster

Vice President - James Walker

Vice President - Derek Morris

Contest Secretary - Stephanie Redgate

Librarian - Patrick Sears / Vince Francis / Mike West

Social Events Coordinator - Ben Frost

Webmaster - Richard Scarff

Here’s to another successful year of banding!

Senior Cup Blackpool, 11th May 2013

The band competed in the contest playing an arrangement by Derek Broadbent of Tchaikovsky’s “Cappricio Italien”.

The band played extremely well and achieved fifth place just missing out on promotion to the Grand Shield next year. A good weekend was had by all.

The Aveley and Newham band at the Senior Trophy contest May 2013

Photo courtesy of British Bandsman

All England Masters Contest May 26th 2013

Below  - the band rehearsing before the contest with it’s musical director Melvin White.

The band competed at the “All England Masters” contest at Kettering.

Playing Eric Ball’s ‘Kensington Concerto’ the band played eleventh in the middle segment of the contest.

The band played well and achieved thirteenth place out of twenty-one bands.

Joint concert with Southend Wind Orchestra 30th June 2013

7th July 2013

Another splendid concert at St Peter’s and St Paul’s Church Aylesford

Newham Show 2013

On the 13th and 14th of July the band performed for the second year running at the Newham show.

The band performed well in very hot temperatures playing favourites such as;

Disney Fantasy

Imperial March

Star Wars

and The Dambusters

Folkestone bandstand 11th August 2013

Wychavon Festival of Brass 2013

15th September 2013

An excellent result for the band.

1st prize

Entertainment cup

Deportment prize

And David Daws won best soloist for his performance of Monti’s Czardas

‘We came 1st ~ well done to the whole band on a fantastic result. Soloist prize went to David Daws with 'solo playing of the highest order'. Deportment and Entertainment prize is also making its way to the trophy cabinet. Great to know there's more silverware coming to Thurrock. A great day out’

Annual Band Dinner and Dance and awards

25th October 2013

The band held its annual dinner and dance at the Thurrock Hotel. A good night was had by all. It was good to see present and past members and other friends of the band.

The band awards were presented.

Congratulations to all the nominations and award winners ~ all well deserved:

MD's Player of the Year ~ David Daws

MD's Bandsman of the Year ~ Stephanie Redgate

Player's Player of the Year ~ David Daws

Player's Bandsman of the Year ~ David Howell

Most Improved Player ~ Tracey Nunnery

Best Attendance Award ~ David Howell

Section of the Year ~ Front Row and Sop

The pA&Nts Award ~ Vince Francis for excuses for missing band rehearsals and concerts

A very special presentation was also made to Derek Morris for 50 years service to the band. Not only as a player, but chairman, secretary and many other roles on the committee, band bar stocker and a true stalwart for the band. Every band needs a 'Derek'.

Remembrance Sunday

The band once again performed as part of the Remembrance Sunday service outside St Michaels’s church.

The band played hymns as well as a march. During the service a number of white doves were released and poems were read, composed by children from around the country.

Christmas 2013

Another busy season for the band. Three concerts, street caroling, masons, golf clubs have all kept the band busy.