The worldwide Corona virus pandemic has forced us into exile along with many other bands.

We have however used our time wisely to create our very own lockdown Video.

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Thanks must go to our MD Dave Hignett for coordinating the project with our great friend  and “resting” keyboard player Kevin Wright who did the spadework creating the video from a multitude of parts and lockdown videos.

Thanks also to Caroline Guirr and Tom Cantwell who laid down the backing track to keep us in harness.

We are looking forward at some point in the future to resuming activities but this seems unlikely to happen until at least after the summer break. Hope everyone is keeping safe and well.

 

Off we go again

Its been a long old summer of rest and recreation, for some more than others.

In July we said goodbye to Alexis at her last ‘Phoenix Nite’ Gig. Alexis is off to further her studies in music education at York University and we wish her well.

Our glorious Tenor section, Heidi Alexis and Andrea

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A lovely hug from ‘Crusher’ Hignett. It left a lasting memory for Alexis, and possibly some bruising.

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The aftermath of a Saathi End of Term/Bye Bye Alexis curry.  What a fine night on a very long table.

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And so we look toward restarting rehearsals.

Over the Summer there have been major renovations of the driveway leading to the grounds of Hignett Towers. Luckily our illustrious MD has been very careful to avoid injury to his fine and delicate conducting / playing fingers by engaging our lovely vocalist Miss Barbara Hignett, no relation, and Ace Bassist Connor H to lay the flags. All nice and flat too.

We have a couple of gigs lined up soon so hope to see you there.

Phoenix Nite and TVBB Curry Saathis

Pre Easter Phoenix Nite and TVBB Curry went down a storm last night. Great performances from the Tyne Valley Jazz Ensemble and Tyne Valley Youth Big Band.
No time to squeeze the TVBB in so it was off for a curry and the traditional ‘Handing over of the Whisky to our glorious MD Dave Hignett. (Straight no Chaser)
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Thank you for the kind donations to the Mark Jon Bolderson Foundation who continue to keep Marks memory alive with the fantastic opportunities they are giving to young percussionists.

Tynedale Beer Festival, Corbridge.

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.IMG_9558A view from Mike our Bass player. The tent filling up nicely.20180616_154743Here 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.


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County Show Bywell

A new location this year saw us playing next to a man with performing sheep. (He was from Devon).

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TVBB, dancing sheep, traction engines & BEER from our sponsors Wylam Brewery, whats not to like?

Hexham Swing Dancers Gig

We dug out all our classic Big Band dance numbers to play at this charity event.

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David in one of his first TVBB gigs and a great asset to the band.

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Caroline with a fine solo

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Best bib and tucker

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Mark Bolderson Foundation Benefit Concert

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

IMG_0872Friend and fellow percussionist Jack Ruddick donated one of his drum sticks to be floated down the Tyne with Marks ashes.IMG_0869RIP Mark.