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10th January, 2015 - January Newsletter

Christmas fundraising

Many, many thanks to everyone who helped in any way with the carolling at Christmas - players, bandleaders, collectors and of course our Treasurer Mary Aldous who, with the help of her husband Colin, has counted every single penny! A fantastic total of £3300 was raised, which means each of the charities - St Elizabeth's Hospice, Cancer Research UK and 'A wheelchair for Miles' will receive £1100. Well done to everyone involved in any way.

New venue

Please note that the Preliminary Band will be meeting in the Scout Hut during January instead of the Church Extension which is no longer available for the band to use. The Intermediate Band will swap with the Preliminaries in February

A new baby…

Congratulations to Adam and Sarah on the birth of Charlie Thomas Cable on Christmas Eve - they are all doing well and Charlie is looking forward to meeting his 'extended band family' very soon!

Bowling trip 2015

We are hoping to take a group to King Pin Martlesham bowling alley next February for an afternoon of fun!! The dates we are looking at are either Sunday 15th or Saturday 21st February. We can have teams of up to 6 people but are happy to mix people up on the day. If you would be interested in joining us please email Jayne Howlett with your preferred dates.

AGM Friday 6th March 2015 at 7.30pm

This is a great opportunity to find out what the bandleaders have planned for the next year. Volunteers for posts on either the Main Committee or Fundraising Committee would be most welcome either from players or parents of younger players.

Band workshop and concert with Richard Marshall on Saturday 11th April.

Richard Marshall is Principal Cornet of the world famous Black Dyke Band, a position that is heralded as the "hottest seat in banding." Before this, Richard spent ten years as Principal Cornet of the Grimethorpe Colliery Band. As a respected and devoted teacher, Richard is cornet tutor at the Royal Northern College of Music and Birmingham Conservatoire. He is a regular tutor for the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain and the International Brass Band Summer School, and has previously worked with the National Children's Brass Band of Great Britain and National Youth Brass Band of Wales. We are delighted that Richard can come along to be with us. Please see your Bandleader for further details.

Biscuits!

Our band runs on donated biscuits so please could you remember to buy a packet of biscuits for the band next time you are shopping? Our stocks are running very low! Thank you.

49 winners for December are:

Becky Chalklen
Ady Cassidy
Chalklen Family
Michael Davies
Beale Family

Finally..

In order that everyone enjoys their time playing with Martlesham Brass, it is very important that players attend band practices regularly. So if you find you cannot attend a practice for some reason, we would be grateful if you could email your bandleader.