It is with regret that we have to cancel another rehearsal due to the weather. Reports from the Met Office suggest that more of the white stuff is due this evening. The snow is causing disruption across Wales at the moment and we feel it’s a sensible idea that our members practice tonight in the safety and warmth of their own homes.
As far as we know, Friday’s “Rorke’s Drift Dinner” engagement is still on. Lets just hope the weather cheers up a bit by then!
There will be no band this Friday due to a handful of members having various other plans over the Easter bank holiday. It gives the band time to relax before we really crack down on the jobs in hand.
Work is going well on the test piece for Ebbw Vale and for the various jobs that are lined up already in the calendar.
It was a pleasure to see Kelsey-Jane back on the front row after her operation. Also, we’re thankful for the temporary return of Kirsty while she is on a break from her university studies. There’s also a new face in the lower end of the band. Phil has come along on bass and we appreciate his input.
Despite the band’s efforts on Cross Patonce improving over recent weeks, the band has decided regretfully, to withdraw from this year’s Regional Finals in Swansea’s Brangwyn Hall. Withdrawing from any contest is something that no band wants to do, but due to various circumstances it was the only fair choice. The rehearsal time has been far from wasted and has shown that we’re capable of picking up the basics of a particularly difficult piece.
Though the middle of the band is fairly strong, we’ve found ourselves lacking the numbers in the upper and lower sections. It’s clear to see that the front row and the basses are putting in a huge amount off effort to cover for the empty seats, it’s just too much effort for them.
The basses have been covering their two empty seats for some time now and although they’ve done a good job at filling the gaps, but are now starting to feel the pressure of the extra responsibilities. Meanwhile, the front row has shrunk from three members to two recently after the unfortunate resignation of Steffan Frank. Since then, it’s been even clearer to see the improvement in Kelsey-Jane Vaux and our Principal Cornet, Ellis Davies despite their fairly recent migration from 2nd and 3rd cornet.
By reading this, do not think that Cross Keys Silver Band is fading away. Far from it! The withdrawal from Swansea gives us time to recruit more players and work on a new programme for the busy summer and various contests that we have ahead.
If you’re interested in playing with the band, please get in touch, we don’t bite.