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The BTM Band Society recently presented their Summer Concert, which had a slightly different feel to it this year...

Held on 29 June at our spiritual "home" of Bedwas Workmen's Hall, our "Summer Rodeo" featured several American-themed pieces of music as the concert date fell very close to American Independence Day (4 July).

The concert is usually the senior band's last public performance before the summer, so it's always nice to "let our hair down" and enjoy ourselves - and this concert was no different, with the added layer of fun coming from our Wild West-themed outfits! Some players made more of an effort than others though (not naming names... Kirsty)!

Our fantastic youth band - BTM Band: Next Generation - performed in the first half, and the standard of their playing was excellent. Special mention must go to to Lloyd Barnaby (senior band 2nd Euphonium), who has really brought the "Next Gen" on in the last few months with his infectious enthusiasm allied to his talent as an MD.

There was a nice touch at the end of the 1st Half, where members of our beginners band - BTM Learners - came onto stage to perform alongside the Next Generation. The future of BTM is bright!

The 2nd Half of the concert belonged to the BTM Band, who performed several well-known American-themed pieces of band repertoire, including:

  • Hogarth's Hoe-Down (Howarth)

  • Wild West! - Best of Ennio Morricone (Morricone arr. Smith)

  • Marching Through Georgia (arr. Richards)

  • Appalachian Mountain Folk Song Suite (Curnow)

Several of the band's soloists were featured too:

  • Seamus Gallagher (Principal Cornet) - First Light (Hollings)

  • Andrew King (Flugelhorn) - Cinema Paradiso (Morricone arr. Howe)

  • Ned Falloon (BBb Bass) - Wandrin' Star (Loewe arr. Fernie)

  • Tim Jones (Principal Euphonium) - Gabriel's Oboe (Morricone arr. Childs)

The BTM Band Society would like to thank everyone for attending & supporting us. Local events such as this form the backbone of brass banding up & down the country, and BTM is grateful being able for the great support from our local community.

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