@ Maidenhead Salvation Army, February 2020
Ascot Brass, with the support of the Maidenhead Salvation Army Songsters (choir), played a concert on the evening of 29th February to a full hall at the Salvation Army Maidenhead.
New to the repertoire were the Goff Richards arrangement of Nicolas Brodszky's I'll Walk with God and an original romance by Alan Fernie, Forever Shining. Two longer arrangements by Alan Fernie were also on the programme: Bizet's Carmen Suite (featuring Allan Martin, flugel, in the Habanera) and the lively Russian Casatchok.
Solo pieces were Peter Graham's Whirlwind, played by Steve Clapton, and George Lohman's Bayrische Polka, with Lewis Martin on trombone. Our other feature piece was the cornet sextet playing Bugler's Holiday featuring Kelvin Ketteringham (Musical Director Ascot Brass), Andrew Willis, Derek Hawkins, Steve Clapton, Caitlin Jones, and Mark Dallas.
The concert raised a substantial sum towards a new Salvation Army minibus.
@ Ascot Races, December 2019
A small band played in the grandstand at the Ascot Christmas meeting on Friday 20th December, accompanying racegoers for a set of carols following the last race of the day.
On Saturday 21st, the full band played a selection of festive numbers throughout the day, starting with a set before the racing began, then playing in between each race. After the last race, the band were joined by the Tootsie Rollers singers on the platform, and led the very large assembly of punters for a carol-singing session.
@ Wokingham, December 2019
Ascot Brass took to the stage at St Crispin's School on 14th December, supporting the various Wokingham Singhealthy choirs in their Christmas Concert.
@ Windsor, December 2019
The band presented its traditional Christmas concert at the Parish Church in Windsor on 7th December, raising funds for Macmillan Cancer Support. The Taplow Youth Choir, as ever, delivered an excellent series of pieces to supplement the band's programme, and the audience, as ever, joined in heartily with carols and bobbed up and down to join in with Schneewaltzer, under the direction of compere Marr Stone.
@ Beaconsfield, November 2019
Ascot Brass presented a concert at St Michael's Church, Beaconsfield, on 9th November, joining with the Wycombe Orpheus male voice choir to raise funds for the Sharon International Ministries charity Changing Lives. Opening with the contest march Keighley Moor, the band's programme included Suppe's Morning, Noon and Night and Alan Catherall's arrangement of Born Free. Featured soloists were Stacey Hall (tenor horn) with He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother, and Mark Dallas (cornet) playing Carrickfergus.
@ Marlow, October 2019
Ascot Brass joined with the choirs of Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School at All Saints Church in Marlow on 5th October to present a concert in aid of Rotary Club charities. Opening with William Rimmer's classic march The Cossack, the programme featured Stacy Hall as horn soloist playing He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother and the cornet duet Spanish Fiesta, closing with Goff Richards's pacey medley of show tunes, Breezin' Down Broadway.