I’ve had a very band-oriented day today. Considering the fact that it was a bank holiday you’d think I’d be enjoying the country side or something and drinking beer. But no, I was playing my cornet, as shown below:

Ransome Band

The Ransome Band were short of a few players so I helped them out, playing out of position on 3rd cornet. I was completely lost on some pieces as I’m not used to playing that low, and as Ransomes are a possibly the finest brass band in Nottinghamshire they had some challenging music in their pads. I had a blast though – it was a real pleasure to play with such a good band.

I actually played two concerts with them today. The first one was at the MacArthur Glenn retail place near Mansfield (as shown in the photo) and the second was at a “Brass Explosion” just outside Newark Castle that involved Land of Hope and Glory (accompanied by fireworks) and also a piece that required me to sing (Hello Dolly). I think I should stick to playing my instrument.

There were lots of people around at both events, and the crowd at the later one (it finished at about ten o’clock) had a very enthusiastic crowd, and possibly the largest number of people I’ve ever played to.

Lots of fun, but not enough beer. Hmmm, beer.

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