Thurrock Marching Brass Busy In The Community Again
Thurrock Marching Brass has been incredibly active in the community over the past 10 days with a number of local community engagements, and an official Jack Petchey Achievement Award Presentation too.
Starting on Saturday 11 July, this young up and coming group of youngsters opened the proceedings at the Treetops School Summer Fair with a full static performance of the 2015 competitive show, Leo. Treetops provides children with special needs all the right ingredients for them to flourish, and this now annual visit to the school was blessed with fine weather and an appreciative audience as the members entertained them to open the fair.
On Friday 17 July, our June 2015 Jack Petchey Achievement Award winner, Rhianna Leighton, joined other youngsters and award winners from across many organisations to receive her official medallion, which was presented to her by Paralympic superstar Danny Crates, much to the admiration of family and friends who were in attendance. Many congratulations again Rhianna.
Saturday 18 July saw the members of TMB back into the community and doing what they do best. Entertain! They performed a static performance of their summer show, Leo on the stage at the incredibly well organised and attended Grays Village Beach Festival. The members were then given some out of uniform relax time, where they took great advantage of the small beach itself and its surrounding play areas. Once that was over, they were all dressed again into their uniforms, and escorted to Grays Town Park, where they set themselves up to lead the parade for the Thurrock 100 club. They played home the final walk into the festival via a route that took them through the heart of Grays Town Centre, past the Civic buildings and into the Village Festival itself. In the conditions, which were extremely hot, every single member was fantastic – entertaining everyone throughout the parade.
To cap the day off, Trumpeter, Rebecca Corcoran assisted the great bake off by playing a short fanfare for them, which was extremely well received. As if that wasn’t enough, TMB were presented with an incredible cheque for £600 by Terry Piccolo of the Thurrock Community Chest, and our new President and Mayor of Thurrock, Councillor Sue Clark.
Finally, on Sunday 19 July some of the young members attended bag packing duties at Morrisons in Grays, and raised some much needed funds that will go towards supporting their DCUK Finals trip in Widnes, Cheshire during the weekend of 19 September; as well as the band’s first trip abroad to Holland during the weekend of 26 September to compete in the Drum Corps Europe (DCE) European Championships. Thurrock Marching Brass would like to thank everyone at Morrisons in Grays for being so fantastic and supporting the youngsters in such a positive way.
Speaking of the events and proceedings, chairman, Paul Morgan comments “It’s been an incredibly busy week that has seen many exciting performances by the band in the community – something that is very important to us here at Thurrock Marching Brass. The members who were able to attend these events were simply amazing. Their talents are excelling day by day and their antics in the sand, burying one another up to their necks had us in stitches too. These youngsters really work hard to produce the performances that they put on each time their uniform goes on, and it was especially pleasing to see them play just as hard at the Village Festival too. Congratulations and well done to every single member, and to all our hosts for inviting us to participate. We look forward to many more”.
Thurrock Marching Brass is proud to perform as much as they can within the community and you can keep up to date with all their engagements on our website below or by following them on Facebook.