The Covid pandemic has had a major impact on Phoenix Brass. Life for the Band ended abruptly in March 2020, after all engagements for the remainder of that year and were cancelled by the organisers, and 2021 to date has been no different.
As some normality to life returns, players have enjoyed performing at both private and public events in the lead up to Christmas.
Dobbies Garden Centre, Hungerford – Sunday, 5 December 2021
Players braved the elements on a cold, damp and dreary afternoon to entertain visitors to Dobbies Garden Centre in Hungerford as they shopped for Christmas presents and searched for the right Christmas tree.
A special welcome to Howard Alix (top right photo) who plays EEb bass and has progressed from the Training Band to perform with the Main Band.
Burbage Christmas Tree Sale, All Saints Church – Saturday, 4 December 2021
Players performed carols and festive tunes in support of the Burbage Christmas Tree Sale and Market. The event run by volunteers raises magnificent sums for the community, providing funds for the church, school and village hall.
Kennet Gateway Club, Woodborough – Thursday, 2 December 2021
Players returned to Kennet Gateway Club in Woodborough for what has become a customary event in the Band’s festive diary. Kennet Gateway Club was set up to provide a social life for adults with learning disabilities and the musicians always look forward to the evening, playing a variety of festive tunes and Christmas carols to the delight of Club members.
The evening provided the opportunity for players to ‘dress down’ from their normal band attire. Dressed in a variety of Christmas jumpers the players performed a mixed programme of music.