With scorching hot days and some traditional down time for most marching and performing arts groups around the country, Thurrock Marching Brass enjoyed a number of community engagements that brought smiles to many.
Starting off with our annual trip to Clacton on Saturday 12 August for what is one of the best carnivals around, the youngsters were joined by staff members for this now historic event in the calendar for TMB. With cries of “just one more bend” not being heard this year, as our Chairman was away, there were many moments of fun along this wonderful seaside route. There were, as always, a great crowd and a great atmosphere for everyone to enjoy. A brilliant effort by all who took part and supported this event.
Next up was a trip to the Tesco store in Lakeside, Thurrock on Saturday 26 August for a spot of bag packing, where those that could make it enjoyed some fun and friendly banter with shoppers and Tesco staff for a few hours. Packing lots of bags when you are so young can be exhausting work but everyone’s efforts raised some much needed funds for the TMB pot so was well worth the effort. Thank you to everyone who took part and supported this effort and thank you to everyone at Tesco for their continued support for our youngsters.
Lastly, and before we started to focus on the push in to British Championships at Drum Corps United Kingdom and National Championships at the British Youth Band Association, there was one last stop on TMB’s August tour which was to spend the day again at the Mersea Island Festival. On Sunday 27 August the staff and youngsters took great pride in marching and performing for all the very many disabled children and adults that make Mersea Island their very own for a week-long festival. As well as performing the youngsters joined with the residents to make music together which was one of the highlights of the entire visit. So many smiles and many fun memories created at such an amazing event. Thank you to all who took part and thank you to everyone at Mersea Island Festival for inviting us to come along again.
Speaking of the month, Corps Director, Jay Lindner said “If anyone ever doubted Thurrock Marching Brass’ commitment to our local community then they need look no further than what these amazing kids have achieved during what is typically a natural ‘summer’ break throughout the marching and performing arts world. It was an honour and a privilege to play alongside our talented members at Clacton Carnival and I couldn’t be any prouder of the efforts of a small group who gave their time to raise much needed funds for TMB at Tesco. The courage of so many helpers and staff at the Mersea Island Festival this year must be applauded and I am so very proud of each and every member, staff and supporter from TMB who came along to showcase what we do and to work with the disabled participants there on the day. There is no doubt in my mind that this has an incredibly positive effect on everyone and an experience to remember for all involved. We now set our sights on preparing the youngsters for the final stages of their season and the show is looking amazing right now. Thank you to each and every one of you here at TMB for all that you do to support our kids, and thank you to all the members for your continued hard work. Bring on Championships!”
Thurrock Marching Brass are proud to perform as much as they can within the local community and you can find out more and how to get involved via any of the following:-