Usk Brass Band are performing their popular annual Summer Concert A Summer Showcase in the Memorial Hall, Usk, at 6pm on Saturday 12th July.
The highlight of Usk Band’s summer calendar is their Summer Concert. Every year it has a theme. In the past it has been to celebrate the Olympics, and last year the Band celebrated the 10th anniversary of their musical director, Mr Jeff Jones, with the baton.
Since then the Band has gone from strength-to-strength, the pinnacle of which was winning the 4th section South East Wales Brass Band Association Contest at Merthyr Tydfil in May with a fantastic rendition of Sir Malcolm Arnold's Little Suite for Brass. The Band only returned to contesting in 2013, so to win a major competition in such a short space of time is remarkable.
In addition to celebrating this achievement, through the Summer Showcase, the Band also want to say a huge thank you to their supporters and the people of Usk. In April the Band held a fundraising auction which raised nearly £1500 to help towards maintaining brass banding in Usk.
Mr Jones said that "our Concerts are a way of saying a big thank you to the community and to invite our wonderful supporters to join in the celebration of the Band's achievements. Our Summer Showcase this year should be a fantastic evening and will include great pieces from the movies, such as the theme from Out of Africa, to the timeless traditional Welsh classic Myfanwy. There should be something for everyone.”
Usk Band will be joined on stage by Chris Moreton, a long-time friend of the Band and amazing guitar and banjo player who always entertains the audience with his unique versions of classic bluegrass and sing-along songs. Also, local duet Becky and Chloe will be performing a selection of contemporary songs.
The door opens at 5.30pm for a 6pm start and will finish by 8.30pm for those who want to watch the World Cup 3rd Place Final! Tickets are available on the door priced £6 and £4 (concessions) and refreshments are available.