As the afternoon progressed the 28 players of CBWO Cooden Beach Wacky Band perfected their evening attire, packed their notes and music stands, and arrived at the seaside rooftop bar of the 76 year old famous concert hall and theatre the De La Warr Pavilion on the central promenade of beautiful Bexhill on Sea in sunny East Sussex. Ah, what a moment!
Anticipation, nerves, sheet music worries - nothing troubled our intrepid bass trombonist Joe as he savoured a delightful Bexhill ice cream cornet - meanwhile the other cornets were tuning up next to the theatre auditorium - concert A or Bb today?
Determined to play a full 2 hour live gig with no intervals, the band divided the evening between the full orchestra sound and the glorious performance of the wind quintet (clarinets and flute) and the scintillating jazz sounds of the sax quartet. The audience perched on pedal boats a la Wacky style or dozed in deckchairs - such a serene alternative to the real beach below!
Wacky Band conductor Louise Woodcock lifts her baton..!
They're off! The Muppet Show Theme launched the good ship Wacky, followed by an eager Five Foot Two, Eyes Of Blue, then settled into some slow jazz with popular 30's hit Georgia On My Mind. Smash hits of the evening included Billy Joel's evergreen My Life, the theme to Soldier Soldier: Musket, Fife and Drum, and the band's latest latin medley, The Best of Tijuana Brass. I wish you were there!
If not, then relive the occasion! Principal Trumpet player Dave Getty had his camcorder set at the ready: you can enjoy our concert on video here on our stupendous and blockbusting CBWO Cooden Beach Wacky Band blog! Hear the full orchestra play live 2 hour gig at the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea as the final event of the 2011 Bexhill Music Festival.
Afterwards the players met for dinner at Trattoria Italiano Restaurant in Devonshire Road for a grand finale of the gourmet kind. Cheers, everyone!
We're now playing from 4pm at Little Common Fete on Saturday 16th June - we'd love to see you there! Stay tuned for our next exciting developments!