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Welcome to the Harwich Royal British Legion Brass Band's website. Harwich is located on the north east coast of Essex and well known for, amongst other things, for its international port at Parkeston serving ferries to the continent, cargo shipping and cruise liners. Find out more about us by using the navigation tabs underneath the header.

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Latest News...
Firstly on Tuesday Charlotte R, Charlotte S and Saffron all sat their Grade 1 Music Theory exam in Colchester. We have just heard that they all passed with flying colours.
Charlotte S and Saffron both were awarded a Merit and Charlotte R gained a distinction.

Well done to you all.

Secondly Annabel Brookes and Ellie Bould took they practical exam on November 27th and have just heard that they two have both passed.
Annabel took Grade 1 Flugel and passed with a Merit and a score of 123 out of 150.
Ellie Bould took Grade 5 Cornet and passed with a distinction only dropping 9 marks gaining a score of 141. Excellent work girls. A fitting reward for all your hard work and endless practising.

This ends a very successful term for Music school.
(Submitted by Jane Gibson)
Music School Fundraising Events (10/12/13)
Saturday 7th December 2013 was a very busy day for the Music School. The Triangle Traders, after the success of last year, invited the Music School to again present a day of Christmas Music at the Triangle Shopping Centre Frinton.

Beginners Band started the event with a selection of pieces interspersed with singing and carols. Several pupils plus teachers were brave enough to perform solos, duets and trios to entertain the shoppers. The A120 Ensemble and Recorder Groups form the Music School also entertained. Band support staff manned Tombola stalls as an additional fundraiser.
We are pleased to announce that over £350 was raised during the day which will go towards extra facilities and music resources for the school.
Later in the day a small group from the A120 ensemble accompanied the carol singing at the Clacton Masonic Lodge Annual Christmas Dinner. As an appreciation they were presented with a cheque to go towards music school funds.
A long, but enjoyable and successful fundraising day! (Submitted by Jane Gibson)
Congratulations (10/12/13)
We are very pleased to announce that three of our youngsters have passed their exams. After many hours of practice on their chosen pieces, scales, aural tests and sight reading, plus rehearsals with their piano accompanist they sat their exams on Friday November 15th at St. Botolphs Church in Colchester. Well done to :-
Alyssa Rosson who passed her Grade 1 Tenor Horn with a Merit.
Ella Mowle who passed her Grade 2 Flugel Horn with a Merit.
Thomas Sterry who passed his Grade 2 Cornet with a Pass.
(Submitted by Jane Gibson)
Salvation Army Christmas Tree Festival 2013 (10/12/13)
The Music School were invited by the Salvation Army to enter a ‘Tree’ into their Christmas Tree Festival. We wanted it to be a tree that all at the music school, pupils, teachers and support staff had a part of. So on November 26th in place of our Theory lessons!!! we all made a decoration out of a glittery pipe cleaner, beads, cardboard and a picture of us in a Santa hat holding our instrument. Jane also took a picture of all of us in the band to put in the star at the top of the tree.
Monday evening Dec 2nd Jane and her mum took the tree to the Salvation Army Citadel in Harwich and decorated it with the pipe cleaner decorations we had all made.
Not realising that we had actually entered a competition it came as a big surprise to hear that our little tree had been awarded first place in the Junior Section. Needless to say we were thrilled with our efforts.
The judge’s comments were “I was looking for something that wasn’t traditional and liked all the smiling faces. It reminded me of the joy and happiness of Christmas”.
The judge’s comments were “I was looking for something that wasn’t traditional and liked all the smiling faces. It reminded me of the joy and happiness of Christmas”.
(Submitted by Jane Gibson)
Town’s Fort Resounds to the Sound of Brass. - Saturday 6 July 2013 (23/07/13)
On Saturday 6 July at the Redoubt Fort, Harwich we were joined by RBL Victory (Portsmouth) Brass Band and current National 4th Section Champions Norfolk Wherry Brass Band for a whole day Festival of Brass Music which formed part of the 2013 Harwich Festival of the Arts fortnight. The weather couldn’t have been more perfect as the massed bands, consisting of around seventy players, assembled around the Fort’s Ramparts to open the proceedings with a selection of rousing fanfares immediately after the Fort's cannon had been fired by the Harwich Re-enactment Society at exactly 12.00 noon.

The day proceeded un-interrupted with individual sets from each band in the main arena, ensembles of various sizes performing in the moat area, and guest appearances on the Ramparts from professional Trumpet duo of Heidi Bennett and Paul Archibald who also ran two very successful youth workshops during the afternoon. There were soloists in the refreshment room, a band exhibition, and a trial room where anyone could have a go at a selection of brass instruments under the direction of band members. If all this wasn’t enough local food and drink stalls were serving up a mixture of culinary delights around the ramparts to cater and refresh bandsman and public alike

Afternoon proceedings in the arena concluded at 5.30pm after a performance by Harwich RBL. This allowed just enough time for the bandsman to have a break before a large and appreciative audience were treated to a superb massed bands evening concert which culminated in a spectacular choreographed firework display to the 1812 overture. What a way to finish a day to remember.

Look out for a full article about the day in the next edition of the Band’s Legionnaire Magazine - available free of charge as a download from this web-site soon.
Colchester Food & Drink Festival 2013 (23/07/13)
Sunday 30 June saw the Main Band performing at the 2013 Colchester Food and Drink Festival in the Lower Castle Park.

The band was situated right outside the Beer Tent – just the right place for a brass band perhaps - where they entertained large numbers of festival-goers who were enjoying the great selection of food and drink on offer - as well as the great weather.
Wormingford RBL - Celebration Tea Party (23/07/13)
On 29th June 2013 the A120 Ensemble were, once again, on their travels - this time performing at Wormingford Village hall for the Wormingford RBL Branch 80th Year Celebration Tea Party. The Ensemble were invited to entertain the guests all of whom enjoyed a selection of light music - including some dance numbers whilst being ably waited upon, by the local Air Cadets, with a delicious assortment of sandwiches and cakes.
A120 Perform at McGrigor Hall Frinton (23/07/13)
On Saturday 1 June 2013 , members of the The A120 Ensemble travelled to Frinton on sea where they played at the McGrigor Hall for a 90th Birthday celebration.

The group played popular music requested by the family - which was warmly received.

Following the event a letter of thanks was received from the family, including - “The Ensemble were perfect and played beautifully. Everybody said how much they enjoyed them playing, so well done.”
Triangle Shopping Centre Music Day. (30/05/13)
On Saturday 18th May The Triangle Shopping Centre Frinton was filled with music provided by our Music School.
Following the success of a previous day in December the Music School were kindly invited back by the Triangle Traders Association to provide a music day for shoppers.
The weather forecast was not looking too good but despite an overcast day the rain stayed away and hundreds of shoppers, throughout the day, were provided with entertainment by the Beginners Band, the A120 Ensemble, the new Recorder section of the Music School ably assisted by the Chase Lane Blues.

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Music school funds were also boosted by a Grand Tombola and Children's fun Tombola which, along with donations, resulted in a fantastic sum of £320.00 for Music School funds.
Thank you to the Triangle Traders for their enthusiastic and generous support of the event and to parents who enabled the respective bands to be well supported.
WWII Memorial Unveiling Ceremony (04/05/13)
On the morning of Thursday 24 April the band played at the unveiling of the memorial to the flight crew of a Lancaster bomber that crashed on the approach to Boxted airfield on the outskirts of Colchester on the morning of 24 April 1944. All seven members of the combined Canadian and British crew were killed. The crash site is in the vicinity of the Spacemakers storage facility on Ipswich Road not far from the A120 interchange. The ceremony was attended by relatives of the deceased crewmen, civic dignitaries, representatives of the Canadian Air Force and RAF. A USAF honour guard provided a salute. The culmination of the event was a fly past by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Lancaster.

It was a very hot and long morning but despite this the band played stirring, evocative and military pieces to keep the crowds entertained. The band also played ‘Abide With Me’ during the service and played the British, Canadian and American National Anthems. A synopsis of the events leading to the crash and the story behind the memorial being erected can be seen in edition 14 Legionnaire - accessible on-line via the icon above.

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