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With the new year celebration well over the preperations for the coming season are well on the way.
Engagements are flooding in on a daily basis and the Diary is already filling up. At present there are 15 bookings confirmed.
Due to the long long season the scheduled Christmas Party has been delayed until January.........
Eastwood FC Town 13th Dec 08
Colliers Wood Sunday 6th December
Saturday 6th December
Well wrapped up against the freezing cold the members line up in cabaret style on the hard standing near the halfway mark. Soon the emerging crowd were joining in singing along with the band as they played the familiar display tunes mostly to the away supporters taking up the seating area in the main stand until the teams emerged to take the field for the kick-off. Meanwhile the band members left to lock their instruments away until the halftime interval when we were due to return for the conclusion of the days band programme.
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The Muskies have just been invited to Perform at the WORLD FAMOUS prestigious
St Patrick's Day Parade in London.......
Thanks to the performance of 2008 the Band have been personally been asked to perform in March.
Beeston Christmas Lights Switch On - Saturday 29th November
With a smaller turn out than of late due to some members
having previous commitments and the F A cup the band commenced their programme
similar to the others with a short programme of music including familiar
a Christmas selection. Then heading the parade the short distance to the
official centre Stage and official entertainment. Shortly after the Phoenix
Musketeers gave another varied programme of music for the crowd of people
in attendance which was greatly appreciated before bringing the curtain
down on the local Councils programme of Christmas festivities for 2008.
Kimberley Friday Freezing Night 28th November
This year’s guest doing the honour of pressing the button was no other than former Nottingham Forest star player, Steve Chettle.
Once the lights had been lit the Phoenix Musketeers were asked to present their musical programme, which like the previous occasion on Tuesday night at Eastwood contained a selection of popular tunes and concluding with a variety of Christmas songs which delighted the attendees as they sang along with the band.
After a short interval to allow the members time to take advantage of the hot chocolate drinks supplied by Julie the members returned to their transport ready for the journey home, now only Beeston remained to be lit up on Saturday Afternoon.
Eastwood Town Christmas Light Switch-On - Tuesday 25th November
A selection of Christmas songs were mixed together with our own choice of tunes which were all well received by the crowd.
Then lining up on the roadway, the Phoenix Musketeers Showband performed their own dance routines as they advanced up the road leading the children’s lantern parade to the other entertainment area and the eventual switch on before returning to the Library area to await the bands final turn to entertain again on the stage.
After a programme of Christmas Carols presented by the United Churchgoers, the band returned to the stage with another programme of mixed music until the crowd started to disperse as the evening came to its conclusion.
Although slightly chilled from the raw wind the band were left looking forward to attending and playing.
Eastwood Town Football Match – Saturday 15th Nov
Suitably attired to fit the weather in our red jackets, the band paraded up and down the perimeter of the playing area entertaining the crowd as they arrived prior to the kick-off
After playing a mixture of music for a short duration, the members locked away their instruments and drums until the conclusion of the 90 minutes.
Lining up once again, the Phoenix Musketeers were ready for the final whistle to go so they could play to the departing supporters, who had endured the home team trailing throughout this Derby match against Ilkeston Town by 2 goals until the final 10 minutes, when an upsurge encouraged by some toots on the trumpets, the match ended all square, when the band gave a rousing few tunes to end the day.
Welcomingly, the supporters did delay their departure
to listen to the lively music, and with compliments extended by the home
team Chairman, the band left knowing they were due to return to the ground
again in a few weeks time.
Remembrance Day Parade Heanor Town 9th November 2008
Lest We Forget
The ‘Phoenix Musketeers’ led the Armistice Day parade through Heanor Town. They were also requested to play the Last Post (Julie) and Reveille (Bethany) after the prayers were read. Several dignatories from different armed services joined in by laying numerous poppy wreaths at the three separate cenotaphs’ in pouring rain, before laying a wreath on behalf of the band at the final stop outside the church.
The Musketeers take Somerset by storm and thrill 150,000 spectators at the Worlds Largest Illuminated Parade
This week more engagement enquiries have come in for not only Chesterfield FC - Leading the KOP but at Eastwood Town FC. These have been added to the Diary - That's a total of 30 paying engagements, not to mention the ones we were unavailable for.......
Also a new Page has been added for BLOG's - See above.......
Plans and recruitment has started for next seasons program, even though this season has not been completed.....
After popular demand more photo's and info has been added to the Toppers page.
On a very cold and windy day thousands of campers braved the weather to watch the Band perform none stop for just over a hour.
Then we met Robin Hood again, and again, and again........
Our heartfelt condolences go out to Artie, Vicky
and Nigel Cholerton on hearing the sad loss of a dear loving wife and
mother, on Sunday 28th September. We are all thinking of you at this moment
After a short parade and a quick show everyone quickly drove the short distance to enjoy the excellent Hospitality and FANTASTIC Buffet of Mrs Twigg ( Mamma) - Boy Does she Know How to Feed people......
In an action packed weekend the Rain held off for the second show of the week.
With several Key Members missing we headed North for a new venue. With this being the first Engagements since Jersey several members were a bit rusty but none the less enthusiastic.
NEW - NEW - NEW - NEW - NEW
We now have 2,000 car stickers for distribution..... Free Of Charge..... Grab Yours NOW
Due to our popularity more Engagements requests are flooding in. We have been requested to entertain next week at "Silverstone" but Unfortunately we are already booked. Hopefully another time, PLEASE.
Atlast the Website has gone Global with a new host - Fasthosts. Due to the popularity of the site our visitors have been having problems loading. For the record in August the site had 31,144 hits with over 888 visitors alone.
Due to the popularity and success of the the band, the season has just been extended even further with more engagements being undertaken. This season the band will have undertaken more bookings than the last two years put together. See the Diary page for full dates.
Following their return Becky and Kevin have not only been inundated with congratulations from friends and bandsmen but the media as well.
First they appeared in the Jersey Evening Post, Sheffield Star and then the Chesterfield advertiser. Articles were also published on the Internet. THEN.... On Tuesday (19/08/08) they were invited to speak and play on Radio Sheffield with Howard Pressman.
Due to the popularity of the site and the amount of activities and fun had, the stories of the trip has been split into several pages. Click on the link or Photo to read the stories.
These will be updated as the week goes on and all the photo's are processed.
Off they go for their third visit to the Island of Jersey
The Band has just taken yet another engagement for this season. The band have now been booked to perform at the North Cambridgeshire Show on Bank Holiday Monday
THIS JUST GOES TO SHOW HOW POPULAR THE BAND HAVE BEEN THIS SEASON.
Further to the Hatton Village Carnival report, we commented on the rush to get the parade away just as a violent rain storm broke, and also the fact that none of the organising committee made any attempt to make contact with the band during the five hours we were at the event.
All Set For Jersey.......... Here We Go Again......... All set with only a couple of members unable to travel there will be 27 playing members plus supporters heading their way down the M1 to Poole.......
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TREVOR (Grandad)
An impromptu party was catered for at the midweek practice with cakes, savories and nibbles provided by and eaten by the members. A Special mention must go to Jane and a friend who created a unique cake to commemorate the occasion.
Another surprise presentation was made to Band Master & Musical Director Kevin supporting and commemorating his latest success and recent good news over the last year. Keep up the good work..........
Nevertheless a fantastic day was had by all the members..... Congratulations on Sara wining "Best Boobies On Parade"
Eastwood's Got Talent - Jodie's Got Talent
Congratulations are extended to our youngest playing member of the band Ten Year old ‘Jodie Thompson’, a pupil at the Eastwood Primary School.
Entering the schools own ‘Eastwood's Got Talent’ contest, Jodie was successful in winning this competition playing the Bands Musical Director Kevin’s version of ‘ Top Cat’ on trumpet before all her fellow classmates and 29 other entrants in the competition,
Well Done Jodie You made the band and mostly your mum Zoë very very proud.
ON THAT NOTE PLANS HAVE NOW BEEN PUT INTO PLACE FOR THE AUTUMN SHOWS....
Yes Not ONE but TWO Caberet Variety Shows.........
Tell your Friends and Family.... Come On Down.........
year on from a very wet Cutthorpe Carnival 2007, the members arrived at
the cricket ground nice and early to set up the fundraising Tombola stall
in the large craft marquee, which thankfully was much drier under foot
than at last years event. The younger members indulged in a furious game
of competitive football on the field before having to change in preparation
for the walk up to the parade starting point at the Peacock Inn at 2:00pm.
One year on from a very wet Cutthorpe Carnival 2007, the members arrived at the cricket ground nice and early to set up the fundraising Tombola stall in the large craft marquee, which thankfully was much drier under foot than at last years event. The younger members indulged in a furious game of competitive football on the field before having to change in preparation for the walk up to the parade starting point at the Peacock Inn at 2:00pm.
a "Get Well" to poor Nat, who sat shivvering
in agony whilst the rest of the members enjoyed the fresh air and sunshine.
Also a "Get Well" to poor Nat, who sat shivvering in agony whilst the rest of the members enjoyed the fresh air and sunshine.
Courtesy of Tracy England
With the Chesterfield members traveling down to Eastwood to join up with the Eastwood members in the guise of the ‘Phoenix Band’ once again for the Arts Festival fun day on Coronation Park.
As part of the agreement when our two bands combined, we presented our second joint engagement under the auspice of ‘the Eastwood Phoenix Band’ at the Colliers Wood beauty spot in Eastwood.
Again the persistent drizzle accompanied the band at the early part of the parade but, as this progressed the rain subsided as the ‘Musketeers’ entered Carrs showground.
off for Bakewell Carnival, the ‘Musketeers’ longest running repeat engagement
for the 32nd year.
Setting off for Bakewell Carnival, the ‘Musketeers’ longest running repeat engagement for the 32nd year.
Even though we awakened to drizzly weather we were still confident we wouldn't get a soaking here, Bakewell as this aura about it.
As part of the agreement when our two bands combined, we presented our first joint engagement under the auspice of ‘the Eastwood Phoenix Band’ at the Colliers Wood beauty spot in Eastwood.
Arriving at Ravensknowle Park (Huddersfield) bright and early, giving the band members time to search out the "Bargains" on the charitable stalls before having to change into uniforms for the parade.
The members performed arguably the best show of the season on a glorious sunny day.
Unfortunately the rain could not hold off for another week, but never the less the crowd still turned out in full force
After 12 years without - we have now officially found a FULL TIME DRUM MAJOR.
Hopefully after a few practices he will fit into the roll and lead the band to more success, unfortunately we cannot release his name until all next of kin have been informed..... ha ha ha.... Don't worry Callum, it won't be long.
Official apologies to Sara for insulting her. You didn't know her and your definitely better than that.......
Unofficial apologies from Casha, for everyone helping her search the Park for her ring, after the practice. Thankfully she was reunited with her favorite ring after a long winded search....... Maybe we should check her pocket first next time..
Sunday Lunch time and the members arrived at Eastwood Park, Hasland to participate in the "Friends of the Park". Another Rain Free day helped all the members enjoy themselves and obtain their Official Driving licenses..... ????
A full weekend, commenced with the Chapel-en-le-Frith Carnival Parade.
By popular demand the band were not only back this year but requested to lead the parade along with the new Mayor.
Thanks to everyone today, it was most enjoyable and fun. In fact it's never been this much fun for a long long time.
For the second week running the Band perform along side the TV Famous "Urban Gypsies" from "Britain's Got Talent"
It was now time for the 'Musketeers' to enter the arena with their full programme of entertainment, before a packed arena side, again generous applause brought the display to a conclusion.
More Photo's and Videos are available to watch on either You Tube or on Facebook, within the Chesterfield Musketeers Group Page.
If you like it, why not join and support the Band.
Bookings are still coming in thick and fast especially for one date in particular, which has enquired about over 20 times. The latest booking for the diary is on September 13th at Wakefield. Check the Diary to see the new engagements...
Following the Charity Status, Donations are gratefully welcome.....
Charity Registration No. 1122519
It's just been pointed out that the Chesterfield Musketeers are mentioned in the lyrics of a 1993 song called "Too Much Too Little Too Late" by American band Jellyfish.. !!!!
Off to Wirksworth for the second event of the day. Still no rain and everyone fresh from the first Parade.
The rain held up enough to allow the parade to be completed without getting wet. The long awaited first performance of the Summer was nervously completed in usual style.
After putting in some hard work at practices, the members have decided to socialize with three planned outings at
"Lazer Quest" followed by an Evening "10 Pin Bowling" and an Evening at the "Karaoke"...........
Good Luck to Jem Jem for her audition at Birmingham in UK's best known "Singing Talent Show"
Extra members have been included for the Parades which takes the full band marching members up to 28, but only 24 for the display.
What a fantastic effort was made by all to put the finishing touches to a difficult 18 minute display.
With everyone comfortable with their positions now the confidence is showing and the Brass sounds the best it has sounded for 15 years.
Things must be looking good as fellow band members are coming to practices to see our performances..
Well Done Everyone........ Everyone one of the 27 members.
Thanks to Billy for the hard work and support.
Outside practices are moving with pace with the display quickly taking shape. The inclusion of a Drum Break shows the skill and professionalism of the Drum Section.
Plenty of fun was had at the Pub.... Again..... and yes Danny and Josh are wearing make-up
Everything falling in to place now especially the socialising in the pub after, even if Kevin can't play pool !!!
Met the Deputy Lady Mayoress before receiving a cheque and having the photo's taken. Finish off with 2 hours hard practice then off to the club for a few drinks and a few games of Pool and Darts. Oh and hunt the Egg........ (Beth)
Heather Durrance has just given birth to a beautiful 7lbs 7oz baby girl called Melanie Jane. All our best goes out to mother and sister on young Melanie's arrival.
The Drummers all kitted out with matching Drums and actually playing together with more confidence, sounds really well........... (All 8 off you.... Nice one Billy)
Some of the girls on the Trumpets are struggling a bit but once you get used to the songs all 6 of them will find it easier.......
Mixed feelings with the Alto's but once they get comfortable with the parts they will come on in leaps and bounds........
During the Drill Training the band split into Guys versus the Girls. With 5 Independent Judges ( Billy, Tom, Paul, Julie & KevO ) The 12 smart Ladies convincingly outclassed the outnumbered 10 Lads. Although the lads had a fantastic start and then fizzled out at the end. Nice one Ladies......
Come On Ian, be a man pick an instrument and join the Lads......
Excellent Practice with all the blowers giving 150% and achieving to play most of the tunes for next season. Extremely enjoyable.....
Extra practices have now started on Thursday Nights at a new venue to help the extra blowers ( 8 Trumpets and 5 Alto's & a Euph )
And not to forget the larger Drum Section ( 6 Side Drummers, 1 Tenor, 1 Bass and a couple of Tambourines )
Keep up the good work
Training commenced in full swing with nineteen new recruits lining up with the present membership, still recruiting and hopeful of more interested in joining in preparation for the movements 55th year of entertainment
Finally the band as achieved Charity Status through the Charity Commission, registration number 1122519.
Big recruitment drive commences taking in seven schools within the Chesterfield District.
Book sales start to take off first 100 sold, available from Hudson & Son Music Store Market Street, Waterstones Book Store Vicar Lane and Derbyshire Library Services for loan or sale.
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