As always a great day out for the band in Sunderland/Chester le Street.
We got some lovely feedback from the audience and adjudicators.
This is the usually biggest event of our year and once again the crowds flocked to Tynedale Rugby Club. He we are perched perilously on the stage with MD Dave Hignett clinging on to avoid teetering off the edge.A view from Mike our Bass player. The tent filling up nicely.Here we see our fabulous vocalist Miss Barbara Hignett launch into ‘Minnie the Moocher’,accompanied by MD Dave Hignett (no relation) on trumpet and sink plunger.
It was a privilege to be invited by Amanda Bolderson to play at the Queens Hall to raise money for the ‘Mark Bolderson Foundation’s set up in memory of her brother Mark.
This joint gig with the Tyne Valley Junior Jazz Ensemble and the Tyne Valley Youth Big Band was hosted by local comedy star Steffan Peddie, AKA big Keith in Hebburn, who entertained us all.
TVBB had the honour of playing with two of the regions top trumpeters, Mark Webb and Darren Irwin who joined us in honour of Mark.
Mask is sadly missed by us all. In March he was finally laid to rest by his family and friends in a moving boat trip on the Tyne, his ashes being scattered opposite the Sage, a place he loved.
We were devastated by the tragic loss of our dear friend and talented percussionist Mark Bolderson who sadly died in August.
Mark was a huge influence in the band being such a talented all round musician and great guy. The band were privileged to play ‘Gospel’ one of Marks favourite numbers at his funeral and to be invited play at the evening celebration of Marks life at Broomley Grange.
His family have set up the ‘Mark Jon Bolderson Percussion Foundation’ whose aim is to support and encourage young percussionists in the area.
TVBB will be playing at a fundraising evening in honour of Mark on 9th December. See calendar for info.
Mark in happy times playing at the Sunderland Big Band Festival
The band have had engraved a pair of drum sticks which we have with us at rehearsals to remind us of Mark.
RIP dear friend, sadly missed by us all.
We ended the summer gigs with a joint night of Jazz with our Junior and Youth bands in our spiritual home ‘The Phoenix’ who provide us with a great space to rehearse every week.
Jazz is thriving in Hexham under Dave Hignetts direction with some enthusiastic performances from the Tyne Valley Junior Jazz Ensemble and Tyne Valley Youth Big Band.
TVBB ending the set before a quick getaway to ‘The Valley’ for the now traditional curry and handing over of the Whisky to our MD Dave Hignett.