Open alotment fun

Franband had great fun playing at the open alotments at the weekend. Our new piece Lakme’s Flower duet sounded great along with other classics like What a wonderful world, Game of thrones theme, and Don’t worry be Happy. Videos of our performance can be found on our facebook page by clicking on the link below. Thanks to everyone who took part and supported the event and for busing us from one site to the next. In all £1400 was raised for cancer charities!IMG-20190709-WA000020190707_110313_007.jpg20190707_122147.jpg

It’s fair Fayre!

Hi everyone just an update on the bands festive frivolities!

We played at the Christmas fayre on Friday again to raise funds for Pancreatic Cancer Ation. Everyone did brilliantly, well done gang!

Our next performance is on Friday the 14th of December at St.Hughes church Hall, Granville St, Market Harborough. We will warm up and go over a few iffy bits at the normal time and then start our informal performance at 8pm.

We’ll play for about an hour and then it’s mulled wine and snacks. Please feel free to bring chums and remind them to make a donation to Pancreatic Cancer Action. We will be collecting on the night or please click on the link below.

Please also check out the warning signs of this awful disease.

Also please bring some drinks, nibbles,napkins etc. on Friday night.

The video is a very slow version of Jazzy jingle bells! It’s going to be faster on Friday!


Curry Night

Hi everyone we are having a curry night after band on the 9th of March which is near my birthday. Kathy Davidson is head of the curry department so please contact her with your order or use the contact page on here and I’ll forward it to her. The curry house is the Cinnamon lounge across the road from where we rehearse and their website is


Next Gig for charidy!

Hey everyone, wow you guys sounded amazing last night!. I’m going to start recording you so you can have a listen back on here. The classical stuff (Handel and Vivaldi) seems to work surprisingly well on the Clarinet and Saxophone. The jazzy O When the Saints also sounded great and the pink Panther in the advanced group went much better than expected. Thanks Gordon for purchasing this music for us.

So just a reminder that there is another rehearsal next week too. Can you all look in your diaries before then to see if you are busy on the Saturday the 21st of April?

We have been asked to play at the Specsavers charity event for the children’s charity Rainbows. There is a show tunes theme. It won’t last all day so if you are only available for part of the day let me know times and we can try to structure this around people’s availability.

Thanks and well Done !

Happy New Year, new pieces, new term!

Hey everyone band is back onto tonight. Please bring your diary so we can look at dates for rehearsals etc.

New pieces for this term are When the Saints for the intermediate section of rehearsal and Pink Panther for the advanced. Please bring the classical set that we have looked at before but not yet mastered.

We will have a new player tonight called Tim. He’s coming along to join us for this evening to see if he feels ready to join us so please give him lots of support.

Catch you all later!

Its the season to give a little bit!

Hey thanks everyone for taking part and donating money, time and food to Fridays fund raiser for pancreatic cancer action.

We raised £176 !

The mulled wine Kathy made was all gone as was most of the food!

I have a bottle of left behind Schleor which will stagnate in my fridge in the hope it’ll ferment eventually into wine!

Thanks to everyone who came along to the Oxjam on Saturday. It was very kind of Liz to help out on Bari and I got her a plant as a thank you.

So this time of year is a time to plan for the new year. Please use the comments box on here for any ideas as to where you would like to play and pieces you’re interested in?

Also if you click on follow at the bottom of this blog it should ask for your email address and then you’ll be able to follow blogs automatically.  This should keep you up to date with band plans!

Thanks again everyone, seasons greetings and I look forward to seeing you all in the new year !

Set list in order for Friday the 15th’s shin dig and Saturday the 16th Oxjam

Hey Everybody!

Well done at rehearsal last night. I don’t know about you but I’m already suffering from festive season fatigue! so sorry if I was a bit tired last night.

Here is the set list in order for the 15th and 16th. I’ve decided to just play Blues brothers up to the end of Soul finger. It’s pretty good up to here and we can master the rest in the new year as its pretty tricky stuff.

Please bring nibbles, soft and boozy drinks, napkins, paper plates etc.

Please wear festive attire. The 15th is national Christmas jumper day for charity so lets get the awful jumpers out! antlers, Santa hats are a must also!

Please invite friends and family to start arriving at 8pm, and get them to bring their contributions to the charity pot. I’m hoping to get some more info on Pancreatic Cancer Action. I asked them for a pack a while a go but not received anything from them yet so will chase this up.

Set List

Wallace and Grommit


Game of thrones

Mission Impossible

Blues Bros. (up to the end of soul finger)

1st Nowell

O come all ye faithful

God Rest

It came upon the midnight clear

We 3 Kings

Deck The Halls

Silent Night

Hark the Herald

Good King Wenceslas

Away in a manger

Angels we have heard on high

Ding Dong

I have printed off a few copies of Tenor 1st Nowell and alto For Kathy Dare as well as Deck the Hall.

Phil and Sal I think you should have enough Bari parts as Phil forgot to bring his with him to rehearsal.

Can everyone sort their folder in order for Friday please? If you are missing carol parts then please go to the following link and print them off for free. – Carols&search=sa quartet

other parts you will need to contact me for or share with a buddy.

Dates for band rehearsals next term are as follows: back on Friday the 12th and alternating from then on. So 12th, 26th January etc.

See you for festive fun on Friday!!

Set list and Blues bros. show

Hi all

Anne has kindly put a flyer through my door about a blues bros. show coming to the Light house theatre  on the friday the 19th of January. She wanted to know if we would like to go as a group booking. Tickets are £23. Please let Anne know directly if you have her contact details or contact me and I’ll send you her way.

The web page is

The set list for our events in December should be as follows;


Wallace and Grommit

Mission Impossible

Blues Brros.

Game of Thrones

Xmas carols (from previous years)

If you don’t have any of these pieces please let me know ASAP.



Xmas gigs and Rehearsals

Hi All

Here is a list of important dates for your diary;

Rehearsal Friday the 24th November

Rehearsal Friday the 8th of December

Rehearsal and Xmas party Friday the 15th Of December (arrival 7.15 p.m., warm up and rehearse 7.30-8 p.m., 8 p.m. play for guests for 1 hour then party!) This takes place at St. Hughs church hall, Market Harborough.


The Xmas play and party will have film themes as its theme this year. This is an informal oppourtunity to play in front of an audience. It is open to anyone who wants to come and listen to us. Feel free to wear festive clothing, jumpers hats etc. Please bring food and drinks and ask your guests to bring some loose change as we will be asking for contributions to Pancreatic Cancer Action. For those of you that know me, my father lost his battle to this awful disease and so this charity is close to my heart. More information about their work and symptoms/signs you can look out for can be found on the following link


Oxfam Gig Saturday the 16th of December,  meet at 10.30 a.m. outside Harborough theatre. Bring stands, music and pegs. We will play outside and then in. We need to finish by 1 p.m. to let Liz (our sub. Baritone player who’s kindly offered to help out) get to her next engagement.


We will break for the Christmas period and the first rehearsal of the new year will be on Friday the 5th of January. Rehearsals will be every other week after that.

Thanks Everyone !