2009 Highlights

After a quiet start to the year May was a very busy month for Boobs & Brass. It started when we received an "Outstanding Achievement" award for fundraising for Breast Cancer Campaign (Click HERE for more details)

Race Night

The very next day our male supporters (also known as the Brass Monkeys) ran a successful "Race Night" in Kettering - raising over £785 for the travelling fund

At the end of the month, on a incredibly hot summer's day, Boobs & Brass played at the concert for the All England Masters International Brass Band Contest in Cambridge

However, we were not so lucky when we travelled north to the Whit Friday Marches Contest in June - the wettest on record! We were delighted to have 2 guest players join us specially from America - Amy from Atlantic Brass and Anne who plays with Princeton Brass Band. (Click HERE for Anne's thoughts on the experience!) We managed to win the Entertainment prize at Greenfield & the Deportment prize at Grotton!

The following day we gave a concert in front of the magnificent Piece Hall in Halifax before making our long journey home in the evening.

In July we had slightly better weather when we played to the crowds in Midsummer Meadows, Northampton for the annual Dragon Boat Festival. Our supporters also ran a very successful merchandise stall here!

From then on we had hours of rehearsals for our first CD recording. John Lee (Flugel, Brighouse & Rastrick) had asked us to accompany him on his first solo album & all the proceeds are being donated to Breast Cancer Campaign. The actual recording took place at the mediaeval Bede House in Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire in September. Many thanks to Derek Renshaw, Richard Evans, Keith Farrington (MDs & Recording Engineer) plus guest players, Trevor Groom (Euphonium) & Carol Jarvis (Trombone)

In November we celebrated our 4th Annual Charity Concert - this time at the Lighthouse Theatre in Kettering with our guests, the Brighouse & Rastrick Band. We played to a full house & it was the most emotional, fantastic, successful evening ever! We are also delighted that our own pipers drove all the way down from Alyth in Scotland to join us yet again. Special thanks to Kirste for her inspiring talk as well.

The end to a wonderful year was celebrated with a Christmas Concert in December at St Mary's Church in Knighton, Leicester.

Here's to an even more successful, enjoyable 2010!

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