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The evening saw a very successful return to Stalham with our ‘Proms Style’ concert. Over 100 enjoyed a mixture of music from ‘Stage & Screen’ and the old favourites ‘Land of Hope and Glory’, ‘Jerusalem’ & ‘Rule Britannia’. Plenty of hearty singing and flag waving

Eddie brought a surprise guest to our rehearsal tonight Kevin Steward who is currently serving with the Royal Corps of Signals and is also an M.D. with the Desford Colliery Band. Kevin sat in and played with the band for the first part of the evening and then took over from Eddie to conduct and pass on to the band some of his knowledge. A really productive evening was enjoyed by all.

Our only performance at The Crown this year. The weather was perfect and a very large crowd enjoyed the varied foot tapping music played by the band. If you are local and enjoyed our performance come and visit us again at future concerts. If you were in Sheringham on holiday hope you had a great time.

Our second concert of the week-end. This time celebrating the 80th Birthday of the Norfolk Broads Yacht Club at their club house on Wroxham Broad. The threat of rain and strong gusts of wind forced us to play inside at this lovely venue on the edge of the broad.

Another great night performing to a very appreciative audience in the lovely St Mary’s Church.

On Friday 4th May Sam was presented with a small plant to remind her of us all as she takes a short break from banding and on Tuesday 8th May at our AGM Lauren was presented with a trophy as the most improved young player of the year. Very well deserved Lauren and come back soon Sam.

We were joined by the Mulbarton Community Choir and the Mulbarton Primary School Choir for this joint ‘Spring’ concert. What a fantastic evening it was playing to a packed audience of well over 200 people and the acoustics in the Abbey are fantastic. A representative from the Abbey said it was the biggest concert there for many, many years. Both choirs and the band all gave excellent performances on the night and we look forward to our next reunion in November at Hethersett.

We are pleased to announce that Castle Promotions has become the band’s latest sponsor. The owner, Tony Collins, has presented us with a publicity banner donated by his company. We also now have band stickers with front or back adhesive for sale at our concerts. To see more information about Castle Promotion products visit their website at www.castlepromotions.co.uk.

'Sausage and Mash' dinner at our home in New Victory Hall, Neatishead. Great night of flag waving appreciated by a full hall of local residents. Thanks to the ladies that prepared the meal it was excellent.

Team Wherry attended the area contest and had a fantastic day. The result of our performance was very mixed with 4barsrest.com (a website covering all things brass banding) placing us 3rd but the official adjudicators placing us 14th. Hard to understand the difference but we can’t change it. Eddie and the players all agreed they gave it their very best on the day and have no regrets about their performance. Now to our concert season, with all the players from yesterday, this is already looking to be busy.

Team Wherry return to the home of the Wherrymen (Wroxham Football Club) for a pre contest rehearsal. Many thanks to all at the club for making us so welcome again.

We have had a wonderful journey through the Alps today with Adam Cooke the Director of Music with the Championship GUS Band and Norwegian Stavangar Brass Band. Adam spent most of the day covering different aspects of our test piece for the Area Contest in Stevenage next month ‘Napoleon in the Alps’ and the players had a great day learning from a brilliant young musician. The members provided a buffet lunch and the day came to an end with Adam joining us in the local White Horse for a meal. Thanks Adam from us all

Steve took the Academy Band bowling in Norwich for the evening. We have no pictures of the action but during the evening young Joe was presented with the 'Most improved Player of the year award' and his mum Lorraine came second. The result was determined by a vote of all the Academy members.

Finally we are able to show all the pictures taken with the BBC back in July at the Norfolk Wherry Trust. We all really enjoyed the experience of working with a team of true professionals. The whole crew live together while out on location using the same hotels and eating places as the ‘star’ of the show Michael Portillo. Whatever you think of Michael’s politics he came across as a really nice person on the day just as he does on his films.

Our final rehearsal of 2017, following a busy and exiting year, took us to the Alps for our first rehearsal of the test piece for the area contest next March. The piece ‘Napoleon on the Alps’ will be played by all the band’s in our section (3rd) throughout Britain in their area contests. The rehearsal ended with a very relaxing ‘hot mulled wine and nibbles’ session to send us all off to prepare for Christmas. HAPPY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE

For their final event of the year before a well earned break for Christmas, the Academy Band were again joined by the youngsters from the Neatishead Primary School Choir for a Christmas Concert at our home in the magnificent New Victory Hall.

In the middle of a particularly cold spell, a reasonable size audience where thrilled by this year’s Christmas musical offerings. A surprise set by our own Academy Band was also really well received. Beris, who is recovering from major surgery, introduced the presentation of the John Barry Memorial Shield which was presented to Debbie Kemp by Eddie.

Now in its 12th year and getting bigger each time. This year 72 applications have been accepted. Open daily from 10 - 4 and until 8 on Friday when mince pies and mulled wine will be available

This year the band decided to have their Christmas Dinner at Rishi's Indian Restaurant in Norwich. We had a really great night, which for some started mid afternoon. Good food – great company. Look at the pictures and see for yourself!!

Returning to Martham for the 6th Remembrance Concert. Not too many changes from previous years apart from the Primary School is now an Academy and we have Eddie our new Director of Music. The children enrich the evening with their excellent singing and reading, all done with striking clarity.

After a long summer touring Norfolk we are back home in familiar surroundings - New Victory Hall. A big shame more people didn't turn up cos they missed another really good concert.

Another great concert this time with Ian Clarke. A fine tribute was payed to Diana Beckley who passed away in Serbia last week following an accident - a very moving playing of 'Gresford'. Her husband Peter is a member of the band.

Brilliant concert hosted by Sheringham Salvation Army in their lovely Citadel. Never been to the 40's weekend before but what a fantastic event. Had a meal in a restaurant sitting next to a couple from Lancashire who had come for the weekend complete with 'baby' in a 1940's pram

Another fine day and we return to the Crown at Sheringham this time with Ollie taking the baton and without the noise of 400 Harley Davidsons

Our first visit of the year to Sheringham. This is the first concert under the direction of Eddie Baker and we find ourselves accompanied by 400 Harley Davidsons. We blew them away they couldn't compete and left after half an hour (It was planned)

We spent the early evening at the Norfolk Wherry Trust in Wroxham filming with the B.B.C. It was an extremely interesting event working with professional film makers, we wish we could show you more but we are unable to do so until after the programme is aired in January.

We have played at Strumshaw several times before but this was the first time we have pleyed outside at the Steam Rally with many steam engines on view and working. Colin Sweap conducted a very enjoyable evening. Thanks to Roger Keene for some of the pictures

Our concert season starts at Stalham for our Spring Concert. This was Kevin's final concert conducting the band. We wish him well with his other hobbies of photography and his work at the Sheringham Lifeboat.

Glyn Williams, principal euphonium player with the World Champion Cory Band again came to join us at a reheasal. Last year he sat in and played, this year he conducted the band - reheasals just don't get any better than that.

We were asked at short notice to play at this Charity event in Bawdeswell Village Hall to raise money for the Alzheimer.s Society. We joined bell ringers, a childrens dance group and a choir in an enjoyable afternoon and as you can see helped raise a lot of money. Ian Clarke conducted the band.

It's Stalham and it's Christmas so it must be the annual R.A.F. Association's Christmas Concert. This was the 13th time we have held this concert. This year's concert brought the total raised since the start in 2004 to just over £9,000 which has been shared equally by R.A.F.A and the band.

This year Steve is the MD as the Academy Band is again accompanied by the children of the Neatishead Primary School for it's Christmas Concert in the New Victory Hall at Neatishead.

Remembrance Day and what better way to to commemorate the occasion than with a concert. Again joined by the brilliant children from Martham Primary School Choral Society.

The main band were joined by our own Academy Band for this concert. A fantastic opportunity for the Academy players to perform to a large audience

The band returned to St Catherine's Church in Ludham for an evening concert. It also saw one of the band's patrons having the opportunity to take the baton for one number.

The band were made very welcome by the staff at the Crown. Could this be because it's Kevin's 'local'. The weather was really kind and the locals and holiday makers turned up in large numbers. Brilliant afternoon

This was our second year running at the bandstand on Mousehold Heath in Norwich. A good crowd came to support the band. The location is great for access to the ice cream van but not so good for parking. Tom organized a meal at Zaks, just across the road, after the concert which most of the players attended

No concerts for several months then, like buses, two come at once as we run our 'Around the World in Eighty Minutes' concert for the people of Martham.

Off to Stalham for our version of 'Around the World in Eighty Minutes' concert.

A night out in Sheringham with a difference. We went to the lovely Salvation Army Citadel for a full band rehearsal prior to the London and Southern Counties area contest in Stevenage

Glyn Williams is the principal euphonium player for The World Champion Cory Band from Wales. Glyn was in the area on business and sat in with us at a rehearsal - what a fantastic experience for us all.

Kevin thought that Butlins in Skegness was a good place to go for a contest so we went and those that did go had a great time

James brings the Academy Band home for a Christmas Concert helped by the children of the Neatishead Primary School Choir

The R.A.F.A. Christmas Concert - back for the twelfth time of asking. James Higham is presented with the John Barry Memorial Shield

The Academy Band play at the Dilham Christmas Fete with conductor Jamed Higham

Wow - playing in the wonderful Norwich Cathedral. Charity Christmas concert for the National Kidney Foundation

Returning to Martham for the Remembrance Concert which again included the brilliant children from the Martham Primary School Choral Society

It's the start of Autumn and we return to another well attended St Mary's Church in Stalham

It's Kevin's home this time for a concert in the Salvation Army Citadel in Sheringham - a really lovely venue

Kevin returns for this concert in St Catherine's Church Ludham.

In Kevin's absence the band is conducted by Colin Sweap. Gt Yarmouth Minster is the largest Parish Church in the Country

Back home to entertain the 'Locals' with our 'Brass on the Grass' concert

It's Mousehold Heath for us in the Norwich 'Concert in the Park' series of events

A packed St Mary's Church for our first visit to Stalham of the year. The Academy Band conducted by Sara Oxley also took part

The band's first function of the year playing for the Northern Norwich Scout District's annual St George's Day celebrations in Norwich, with crowds of hundreds!

Kevin is helped by professional euphonium player Duncan Wilson in preparation for the Area Finals Contest

Care for Clare Christmas Concert at Eaton’s Christ Church (Norwich) with troupe of 'Japanese' drummers

Traditional carols around the fire in Wayford Bridge Inn

We returned once again to Stalham High School for our annual RAFA Christmas Concert.

We joined forces with Martham Primary School Choral Society for our annual Remembrance Concert at Martham Church, which was described as "the best concert yet" by regular audience members.

Guest conductor Simon Wood from Holmfirth in Yorkshire and the band thrilled the audience with this 'Proms' style concert

Final rehearsal in Cheltenham Silver Band's band room and The Centaur at Cheltenham racecourse

Open rehearsal prior to our trip to Chelmsford

Our annual open air concert at the New Victory Hall in Neatishead featuring Ruth's horn solo and "that" shirt.

The Care for Clare school appeal is our chosen charity for 2014 which kicked off with a concert in Dereham.

Usually home to the band after rehearsal, we played at the packed Wayford Bridge Inn hotel & pub on the broads.

We played at the beatuiful All Saints Church in Hainford for the first time for our 2014 spring concert, featuring 3 soloists and a quartet.

No sooner than we qualified for the finals the planning begun! £1000s had to be raised to get us there and our first fundraising event was a race night.

Our 10th birthday celebrations kicked off in style with a packed concert at St Mary's Church in Stalham.

The 10th annual RAFA Christmas Concert featuring the John Barry shield being awarded to Nicola Butler.

Our pre-contest rehearsal at Shepshed High School for the LBBA contest.

The band were joined again by the wonderful Martham Primary School Choral Society.

The Development Band's first public concert under Steve Clarke.

We returned to St Mary's church in Stalham for another fantastically packed concert.

Hopefully the first in a series, the band entertained the punters at The Diplomat pub in Badersfield.

The ever popular and always damp BBQ returned to the NVH in 2013.

The annual awards night given to showcase the achievements of the Development Band.

We returned to Waterloo Park for the 2nd year in a row, joined by April and Emily from the Development Band.

Our friends at the Harwich RBL Band invited us to join them for a fantastic day of music making at the Harwich Redoubt.

The band returned to North Walsham for the second year in a row, this time playing for their popular flower festival.

A rousing concert in celebration of the anniversary of the Queen's coronation at The Lighthouse Inn, Walcott.

The band's first concert of 2013 brought us back to Martham Church where once again we received a very warm welcome.

The ninth annual RAFA Christmas Concert including the presentation of the John Barry shield for Bandsman of the Year and Most Improved Player award.

The band's first ever fully self-supporting concert held at the New Victory Hall.

A local magazine came to a rehearsal in Badersfield to take some photos for a feature on our winning the National Finals.

Our annual Remembrance Concert at Martham Church featuring a solo from George Nash on baritone.