March 9th saw us making our annual pilgrimage to Bedworth for the Midlands Area Contest. Our third year in the Second Section and it is fair to say that a few nerves were jangling. With such a small number of bands in this section, anything from promotion to relegation was possible.
However, we had worked hard and a good performance off a helpful draw gave us a podium result. Well done everyone and thanks to Warren for his efforts and patience.
We are delighted to welcome our new Musical Director - Warren Belshaw.
The official baton hand-over took place (literally) at our Christmas Concert in December. During this event Warren proved willing to muck in with the lighter side of banding entertainment, appearing on-stage as a confused, broom-wielding caretaker (Morecambe and Wise fans will know what I'm talking about), and the "Balloon Man" in the 1712 Overture!
Warren and Avonbank know each other well after he led us to a couple of contests last year - the Area and Leicester in November. Even after this experience he has agreed to take over on a full-time basis in 2014.
We look forward to a successful and enjoyable future under Warren's leadership.
We returned to the Arts Centre on 8th December for our Christmas Concert and to mark the retirement of Musical Director, Nick Smith. After eight years at the helm, Nick has hung up his white jacket to settle back into a player's chair.
The band was supported by the Evesham Community Choir and presented a programme of old favourites, newer music, and traditional Christmas items to provide the sizeable audience with an excellent evening's entertainment in true Nick Smith/Avonbank style.
Band Chairman Alan Robbins led the band's heartfelt tributes to Nick and his ever-supportive wife Sue as we thanked him for his wonderful service to the band in the last 8 years. He will certainly be a hard act to follow.