Since returning to a more normal rehearsal schedule, we have held our Christmas Concert and we are looking forward to holding two bandstand concerts before we break for the summer
The proceeds of our concerts go to a chosen charity, which is selected on an annual basis by members. Our 2021/22 season charity is Macmillan Cancer Support.
Here you will find details of our upcoming concerts:
SGB Summer Bandstand 1, 26th June 2022
SGB Summer Bandstand 2, 10th July 2022
Christmas Concert, 4th December 2021.
After searching for a suitable venue for all sections of the band to play at a distance, our first Christmas concert in two years was held at Cantell School. In one of the largest venues we have played we played a mix of loved Christmas tunes, popular seasonal tunes and sing-along carols. A highlight was the Sax and Trumpet duet for Baby, It’s Cold Outside, which not only entertained but showed off the skills of the band. The concert was a much welcomed and much wanted event in the Band’s calendar.
Eastleigh Christmas Lights Switch On, 18th November 2021
We managed to get our concert mojo reignited when the Band played at the Eastleigh Christmas Lights Switch On. It was an uncertainty at first if the Lights Switch On would go ahead, but we, and I am sure the passers-by as well, enjoyed playing a range of carols and Christmas favourites. It was great reminder of what the band does best.
Summer Concert, 18th July 2021
In the middle of the most uncertain and unexpected year we were able to hold our summer concert at Pavilion on the Park in Eastleigh. With a mixed programme, we grabbed the audience with rousing tunes such as Castle Park and Hootenanny, sing-alongs Blues Brothers and Abba on Broadway, as well as the more thoughtful Over the Rainbow and Nimrod from Elgar’s Variations. This was a fabulous way to end the season before the Summer break.
Christmas Concert, 7th December 2019
Our Christmas concert for 2019 was held in St James by the Park Church in Shirley, Southampton. It is a beautiful venue much enjoyed by both the band and the audience. The first half of the concert started off with a rousing Christmas Festival compilation and then focussed on non-festive tunes including Grease, Lady Gaga Fugue, Ashokan Farewell and Africa. After an interval that showcased the baking skills of various band members, the second half was Christmas all the way starting with Jingle Bells Forever, ending with A Fireside Christmas via tunes such as A Fairytale of New York, Ukrainian Bell Carol and a Nightmare Before Christmas. A well attended concert in aid of our 2019 charity Smile4Wessex
Eastleigh Christmas Lights Switch On, 16th November 2019
The band got into the Christmas spirit in mid November playing at the ever popular Eastleigh Christmas Lights Switch On. The weather was kind to us, cold but fine, and band members could take advantage of the numerous hot drinks stalls available. Attendees at the event certainly enjoyed the repertoire of traditional carols, with the occasional outbreak of passers-by singing along indicating we had hit the spot music-wise. A good start to the festive season!
Eastleigh band stand, 30th June 2019
The weather was kind to us when we took to Eastleigh Bandstand on 30th June 2019.
We entertained our appreciative audience with popular pieces including a Michael Jackson Medley, The Dambusters and the Pink Panther. With a short interval to allow the band a well earned ice-cream, the second half started with Thunderbirds and The Lion King.
We enjoy playing these more informal gigs just as much as our more formal concerts.
Private concert at Grove Place retirement village, 15th June 2019
The band concert at grove place is an annual fixture in the bands calendar. Although the changeable weather prevented us from playing outside, we enjoyed playing in the grade 1 listed building.
The residents were as appreciable as ever, and particularly seemed to enjoy the Dambusters march and selections from Mary Poppins. The band enjoyed the delicious cream tea that was very kindly provided! All in all an excellent concert which raised money for the bands nominated charity, smile4wessex.
Indoor picnic concert, April 2019
The band and audience alike had a great time at our indoor family-friendly picnic concert at the Brookfield School, Warsash. Our young audience was allowed to run around, play and enjoy a wide selection of cakes while we introduced them to our music. We showed them the different instruments in our band and a few young conductors even put us through our musical paces to great applause!