Keen eyed viewers will note that we were planning a couple of post Covid lockdown gigs on June and July Sadly these events have been cancelled or rescheduled so as it stands we won’t be up and running again until September at the earliest when we are hoping that things will be approaching normality. (The calendar will be updated to reflect this if and when I can get it to work)!
No its not a pub (for a change) but a community cinema. We got a slot in a very interesting programme featuring music made during lockdown.
Listen carefully at 55 minutes to hear our very own tromboner Nick Brodins dulcet tones.
Well done Nick!
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
A lovely hug from ‘Crusher’ Hignett. It left a lasting memory for Alexis, and possibly some bruising.
The aftermath of a Saathi End of Term/Bye Bye Alexis curry. What a fine night on a very long table.
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.
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.
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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.