2010 proved to be a successful year for Burneside Brass as we performed at over 20 venues throughout the year they were varied and different in many ways, our first engagement of the year was to play for HRH Prince Charles as he made a visit to Ambleside following the floods in the November of 2009, despite the freezing weather and the odd snow flurry the band played on throughout the one hour visit by Prince Charles. In May we joined forces with Kendal Concert band and Blaesergruppe Diessen e. V for a joint concert held at the Lakes school Troutbeck Bridge. The summer season fast approached and we performed at various engagements including the Windermere Air Show. After a busy summer season there was little let up in the performances and the band hosted a Presidents evening where members of the band were able to play a solo, duet or trio of their choice to an invited audience. Remembrance weekend was marked with a concert on the Saturday evening followed by providing musical support at the Windermere act of Remembrance. It was then time to look forward to our own Christmas Concert which we held at St Thomas’ Church in Kendal and despite the wintery weather was a great success, a busy few weeks then followed with the band playing at various locations throughout the South lakes where we played plenty of Christmas music.
We also contested at the Ulverston Music festival in March where we were awarded The J W Latimer Cup for 1st place in the Entertainment class and the Ulverston Town Band Shield for 1st Place in the open Brass Band Competition.
Some members of the band made the trip to the Delph to watch the Whit Friday Marches and which was a fantastic day out and thoroughly enjoyed by all those that attended.
2010 also saw some new faces join the Band these being, Dave Higson (Tutti Cornet) Martyn Bostock (Eb Bass) Jen Donald (3rd Cornet) Steven Bryant (3rd Cornet) Janet Bowen (Eb Bass), we also said farewell to Mathew Birkett (Bb Bass) and Reece Faulkner (2nd Cornet).
As the New year has just started engagements for 2011 are starting to come in and even though there a changes ahead for Burneside Brass we are looking forward to this next year being as successful as the previous one.
Happy new year to you all.