A new location this year saw us playing next to a man with performing sheep. (He was from Devon).
TVBB, dancing sheep, traction engines & BEER from our sponsors Wylam Brewery, whats not to like?
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.
Thank you to the National Trust for inviting TVBB to play at their popular ‘Picnic in the Park’ event at Gibside and for our first appearance at Seaton Delaval Hall during the summer. The weather could have been a tad less inclement at times!
Here we all are humming ‘In the good ole summertime’ avoiding a drenching.
Undeterred we managed to play most of our set. What a lovely setting!
Mr and Mrs Moocher
Back for one of our favourite Gigs we had a great evening at Haydon Bridge Festival.
Unfortunately the band has now outgrown the stage but the Saxes were all in a nice longline for a photo. So thats all good. We were even graced with Kellys presence, all the way from Australia no less.
The boys on the back line battled with a flapping tent roof but played on regardless.
For once Kev (Guitar) was on home turf, and not driving, so was able to avail himself of some delicious red wine.
A ‘Moochers’ eye view of proceedings
The sun was shining on us at big time at this years Tynedale Beer festival.
The beer was flowing and we all had a rather jolly time whilst fighting back dehydration (Some more quickly and successfully than others)
We were saddened to hear of the loss of Andy Deacon who had been a keen supporter of the band since we formed. Mark on Kit sweltering in the heat though looking remarkable composedMike laying down the groove as always. Andrew trying to make a serious comment to our MD but realising the futility during a photo bombing opportunity for Mr Hignett, ‘relaxed’ after rehydration. A tromboners eye view as the crowds build. The ever ambidextrous Caroline proving her ability on Keys when not playing her trumpet, Kev enjoying himself also. and in fine voice. We hope to be back next year!