TOWCESTER STUDIO BAND
"Remembering a Legend"
Dr John Anthony Mudway
On Sunday 3rd January 2021 we at TSB were deeply saddened to hear the news that our Principal Euphonium player, Dr John Mudway, passed away after a short battle with Covid. Everyone at Towcester Studio Band is devastated with the loss of a true legend.
John joined the band in 2013 as a top class Flugel player and moved to the Principal Euphonium seat in 2018. Within his time in Towcester Studio he entertained the audiences and played a number of solos, most recently his Cadenza in Alan Fernie’s “Gothic Dances” in Leicester which saw us win 1st Prize in 2019. (You can enjoy his rendition of ‘Under the Boardwalk, here)
John was a friend to all within the band and was always quick to lift the spirits of others with his banter and humour, whilst also supporting those who perhaps lacked in confidence or were new to playing. The band room will not be the same without his outstanding playing, witty humour, his love for the “Forest of Dean”, his classy solos and his lack of enthusiasm for a Hymn Tune to warm up with!
Over the years, John has played with many bands within the Midlands and Milton Keynes area and was loved by so many. John’s enormous personality made him a very popular and respected ‘Bander’ throughout the Brass Banding community.
Towcester Studio band is a close knit family, and this loss of someone with such an incredible personality that had such a direct impact on all the players will be difficult to bear.
Everyone at Towcester Studio Band send their condolences to his wife Alison and daughter Hannah during this devastatingly difficult time.
We were honoured to be asked to perform A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square for Dr John Mudway. His wife, Alison, has asked us to share this with you all. This piece has been specially arranged by a banding colleague for Dr John, Alison and Hannah as a tribute to a wonderful man. To watch, please see the video below.
Cory Online Contest 2020
On Friday 18th September TSB participated in the Cory Online Brass Band Championships. They competed against 9 other bands from various different countries including South Korea, Australia, Germany and Northern Ireland.
TSB are very pleased to announce that they won a total of not one, not two but 3 prizes! These included best soloist, best Welsh piece and 3rd place overall.
Congratulations to our youngest member, 14 year old Ewan Rigby for his outstanding performance of 'Blaydon Races' and winning the prize for best soloist. Massive thanks also goes to Lyn Stoneman for his IT skills and to the band for their fantastic performance.
To listen to our full performance CLICK HERE
During these difficult times, TSB have been coming up with a variety of ways to keep our supporters both up-to-date and entertained.
Over the last few months, TSB have 'joined the band wagon' by taking on the Lockdown Performance Challenge. They are delighted to have completed 3 virtual performances!
The band would also like to thank their 1st Baritone player, Lyn Stoneman for his amazing IT wizardry.
TSB are very much looking forward to rehearsing and performing together again, but until the Government announce that it's safe for us to resume our weekly rehearsals, we are unable to do this. In the meantime, please enjoy our lockdown performances.
CLICK HERE to watch Colonel Bogey
CLICK HERE to watch When the Saints Go Marching In
CLICK HERE to watch Ticket to Ride
CLICK HERE to watch Clog Dance
The 15th August 2020 marked the 75th anniversary of VJ Day, marking both the surrender of Japan and the end of the Second World War. We remember and recognise all those who served and sacrificed in the Far East and ultimately brought an end to the Second World War.
TSB's Mark Limbert sounded the Last Post for VJ Day 75 on Bury Mount the morning of the anniversary. Well done and thank you, Mark.
CLICK HERE for the full performance.
On Saturday 11th January, Towcester Studio Band competed in the Butlins Mineworkers Championships Competition, which took place over the course of the weekend. There were 13 bands within the 3rd Section, most of which were National Champions in their area.
Out of 13 bands, TSB are pleased to announce that they were awarded 4th place! This is a massive achievement and they are extremely proud of themselves. All the hard work over the last 4 months has paid off, Congratulations TSB.
1st Place for TSB!
On Sunday 24th November, TSB took part in the annual Leicester Own Choice Contest, where they were able to bring home the trophy for 1st place! The band have worked extremely hard over the last 6 weeks and were ecstatic when the results were announced.
The band will continue to work on the piece , 'Gothic Dances' in preparation for the Butlins contest in January.
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Due to Covid-19, all upcoming engagements are cancelled.
Watch this space for any other updates.