THE HALESOWEN BRASS BAND AT THE BLACK COUNTRY ACCORDION CLUB
MONDAY OCTOBER 24TH.
The annual visit of this famous band is regarded as a special treat for the local inhabitants who flock to the club to see and hear this wonderful band. We were very pleased to find that the band turned out in force and so did their followers. The band overflowed from the stage so that the front row of seats had to be moved to accommodate them all. The number of musicians in this band has always varied, depending on who would be available on the evening but what is always guaranteed is that the band will turn out on time and give an excellent performance. Gary Bell, a name to remember, is the musical director and also a rather amusing funnyman and with this combination he produced a very entertaining concert. Roger Armstrong, the drummer was an addition to the usual band. The audience poured in, hosts of raffle prizes appeared, the band tuned up and we were then ready for an evening of fun and music. Gary very quickly had everyone smiling with his comments and witty remarks. The programme consisted of a variety of tunes and popular songs. The curse of the mobile phone actually struck home when Gary interrupted the concert to take the call whilst standing on the podium holding the mic, he even invited the audience to say hello to his caller, ‘Sheila’. As a great fan of unusual comedy, I thought this was a superb example of ‘dry humour’ , and so did everyone else. Well done Gary, turning the episode into comedy. The drum and trumpet duet, ‘Quiche’, with Roger and Gary was superb and to add to the variety Barry with his accordion joined the ensemble with ‘Amperitaroco’. Jack Warner of Brass Band fame, was called from the audience to conduct the band with a very good example of the ‘Lincolnshire Poacher’. The number of new faces in the audience was encouraging as it appears that the ‘Accordion Club ‘ is beginning to resemble a ‘Hall of Varieties’. As a grand finale to the evening’s show, members of the band passed among the audience handing each one a union jack to wave as per ‘The Proms’ and everyone joined in to, guess what?, Elgar’s ‘Land of Hope and Glory.
SOCIAL EVENINGS…FIRST MONDAY each month. It would be nice to see a few new faces at this very pleasant gathering as the regulars seem to be drifting away. All welcome, with musical instruments or otherwise. Band night practice is steady, but here again regular support is useful.
AGM..MONDAY NOV. SOCIAL NIGNT AND AGM
MONDAY NOV. 28TH. FISH & CHIPS SUPPER,JAZZ WITH HARRY HUSSEY,COMEDY WITH RON POPPLE.