Evening set up and reported on by Keith Moye (my apologies for its late publication, Keith)
We were lucky enough to have Iwan Fox as our special guest for our latest Q+A session. Iwan has vast experience in the brass band world, having initially played for many years with Tredegar Band and now being editor of the popular website 4barsrest, which many people use as the base for all brass band information, reporting and data.
Iwan gave us many fantastic ideas of how to engage with our communities and how he believes this is the best place to start work to progress the band. He suggested creating a template that the band can use to engage people in the local community in our brass band tradition.
He also talked about other varying topics such as contesting and how the test piece has evolved over time, concert programmes and the audience, interviewing techniques and stories of people who have changed the banding world.
Iwan finally talked to us about memorable music he had played or heard over many years and the development and role of bands in the 21st century as he believes that ‘bigger’ bands should be helping lower section bands by being a template to work from.
It was a great evening and Iwan really made us think how we can be active and keep our band relevant to us and the public.
We look forward to welcoming more guests in the future including soloists, composers and conductors as we look to increase the profile of the East of England Coop band.