The ISB are no strangers to the Coventry City Corps, and many links have been formed over the years.
Playing to a large audience in a local Church, we were pleased to see people from the surrounding areas supporting our concert. Although most of an ISB programme is new or recent music, there is too, a certain demand to hear older repertoire. The ISB has recently used pieces such as The Old Wells, and Sound out the Proclamation. However, the firm number one favourite remains Fire in the Blood!
Early Saturday morning flights from various parts of the UK got the ISB together ready for an afternoon outdoors concert. There was much interest and a lot of people standing around in the local shopping centre. However, we were reminded that the outdoor Scottish temperature, and rain, isn't the best preparation for a concert performance. The ISB was however, undeterred, and marched back to the Army hall. Time then, for an afternoon recovery coffee!
The ISB have just completed three recording projects: Music of the 90’s (including ‘new’ recordings of ‘Shine as the light’, ‘Celestial Prospect, and ‘Isaiah 40’). The accompanying 90s compilation CD includes: ‘Rolling Along’ –‘A Pastoral Symphony’ – ‘Blazon’ To complete the Heritage series, the band has recorded a CD of pre 30’s marches (a golden era for this genre).
The ISB at the 'Rink' was for many years an iconic occasion, so it was good to be back for a weekend in February. Some of the old elements were back, the Saturday concert, many ISB family members present, marching out into Oxford Street. As always a lot of new music was featured over the weekend and Regent Hall sections supported in an excellent way.
However, an innovation for the Saturday was the inclusion of a Youth event. A group of some 60 players spent time in rehearsal with Bandmaster Stephen Cobb, and also in-group tuition with members of the ISB.
Chris joined the ISB September 2008
Formerly, he was a member of the Norwich Mile Cross Corps, however, he now soldiers at the Regent Hall Corps in London.
Chris gained a BMus in Popular Music Performance, and as a profession is a Peripatetic Music Teacher.
Ashley joined the ISB September 2010 and is a member of the Guisborough Citadel Corps where he has served as Deputy Bandmaster for 22 years and Singing Company leader for 10 years.
His academic achievements include a Certificate in Education (Cert.Ed) as well as Drum Kit Grades and ABSRM Grades in Music. He is employed as a Peripatetic Percussion Teacher in various Private Schools.
Ashley’s week involves a round trip of 508 miles by car to Band Rehearsals (8-9hours) and if by train 2hrs 40mins each way!
Rob became a member of the ISB in March 2012 and attends the Birmingham Citadel Corps where he is Young Peoples' Bandleader.
Rob gained a BMus(hons) in Orchestral Percussion Studies.
He is employed by the local music service, Sandwell Music and Arts Service, where he is Contemporary Team Leader. (Contemporary i.e. Rock, Pop and World Music)
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