In the middle of August, after the school holidays, the Band got back into full rehearsal mode. Although it was a quiet month for us we weren’t entirely idle as we played a couple of street concerts and also held one of our regular coffee mornings. The coffee morning raised nearly £400 for Band funds and, once again, our thanks go to all who came along to support us. Our Duck Race was scheduled for Saturday 27th which is later than we have held it in previous years. Unfortunately this means that, as this article was submitted earlier in the month, the results of the race will not be reported until the October issue.
As we move into September we are working hard on our programme for our Autumn Concert which will be held in the Burgh Hall on Friday 9th at 7.30pm. As readers of this column will know the Band is travelling to Germany later in the month to attend a music festival in the spa town of Bad Schlema and we will be showcasing some of the German programme in the concert. This should be an exciting event as we have included a lot of toe tapping pieces suitable for an audience of 4000 in a very large “bierkeller” tent. The Burgh Hall is a significantly smaller venue and we will be serving wine rather than beer, however the atmosphere should be just as good and you can always use your imagination! The concert will have strong Scottish content as we will also be joined by some members of the Tweedvale Pipe Band who will play some individual sets as well as combining with the Silver Band
The music we will be playing in the concert constitutes only part of our German programme as we will need sufficient music to cover five performance slots (each about 35 minutes duration) and two parades. Several of the items are German marches (supplied by the organisers) which we will be playing as part of a massed band performance involving all of the 17 participating bands numbering nearly 500 musicians. We hope the audience stands well back! The Silver Band itself will number over 30 strong and includes members of the Tweedvale Pipe Band. With the pipers in attendance there should be no doubt as to our country of origin and will ensure a strong Scottish flavour to our concerts. We arrive in Bad Schlema on Thursday 15th and at mid-day on Friday we will participate in a parade of all the bands followed by the opening ceremony. We then have a bit of a wait before presenting our first solo concert at 10.00pm. On Saturday we will perform afternoon and evening concerts and then, on Sunday, we start the day with a parade of bands through the village before playing another two afternoon and evening concerts. This is going to be a pretty intensive, but hopefully enjoyable, few days and we are looking forward to staging performances which will do Peebles proud.