Chard Rotary Concert a Success

Last night saw the band perform a charity concert in aid of the scanner appeal for Musgrove Park Hospital amongst other rotary causes.

The concert at St Margaret's Church in Chard got off to a cracking start opening with 20th Century Fox's Fanfare and segued straight in the Theme from Superman by John Williams. The pace was then slowed down as our principal cornet, Matt Read performed Stars from Les Miserable. After the Concert March from Steven Spielberg's 1941 our second soloist of the night, bass trombonist, Dan Ellis performed 'Minnie the Moocher' featured in the movie 'The Blues Brothers'. This was Dan's first ever solo with Phoenix Brass and a stellar job he made of it too! The first half was then rounded off with Pirates of the Caribbean and Disney Fantasy.

The second half started with a symphonic suite based on two of the themes from Star Trek and the march 'The Standard of St George' followed by Bioluminesence of the Night from Avatar and then Soul Bossa Nova from Austin Powers. Unknown to the band at the time the actor Verne Troyer, who had played Mini Me in the films had sadly passed away earlier that day. Then began our 'proms' themed section of the concert with pieces Nimrod, Jerusalem and Pomp and Circumstance and then a rousing encore of Rule Britannia to finish.

A standing ovation from the audience showed they had as much fun listening as we did playing and hopefully we'll be invited back soon! Watch this space!

As always the band would like to thank the dedication of its players and for the hard work that Musical Director, Tom Griffin puts in so the band achieves its best. Also a big thank you to the audience for coming to support this wonderful cause. At least the thunder storm had abated by home time!

Released On 22nd Apr 2018

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