So as we approach Christmas 2016
Not to sure if I should use the text above for this as it’s really a review of what has been a great year for me ( band wise ) and there are still events to come this year . I have the pleasure of performing with Celebration Samba, a band based in West Sussex . The band has been around for a while, in fact next year will be our 14th year and it seems to get better every year . So I wanted to tell some key people about it , and a blog seemed to be the best idea.
We play most weekends between palm Sunday & Christmas, we are sometimes at more than one event in a day ( what it is to be popular ) and generally all the drummers have a great time. sometimes its a cultural event, sometimes its a carnival , a party , a summer fair , a Christmas celebration, we turn up and drum.
Its my involvement with the band that has taken me to so many places, dressed me up in fancy dress, made me smile, and really enjoy something that other people seem to enjoy me doing . So why blog about it, well, the band has shown me that it’s not just the ” big & shiny ” events that are fun,
And in a couple of weeks we get to support the ladies that are behind the sea of lights . this is a community event that has become a regular event, great for kids , families and those who like a traditional ” feel good ” day .They even have the #adursol2016
This year we hope to have some dancers with us at this event from the MSDC ( MartaScottDanceCompany )
Then we have the Christmas celebrations in Littlehampton to ” bring in to the town “.
We Provided the music and lessons for around 400 Guides as part of the Olympics this year
But don’t think that it’s just small gigs, this year has also seen oldmanleslie, don his pirate wig, use his best AAAAARRRRRRRand attend Hastings Pirate day 2016.
We also lead out the Worthing carnival Again in the summer , what an excellent day that was
So I guess the main point of the blog, is that if like me you are at a carnival procession ( big or small)and you see something that looks like fun, it’s always good to ask, because speaking from experience, if I hadn’t asked, I wouldn’t have found out about celebration samba,and I couldn’t have told you about all the wonderful free to attend events going on in this part of the world
If you fancy Joining the band, have a look at their www and see if you can get along to rehearsals , full details and a Little history are here and if you think it’s just ” 40 somethings like oldmanleslie “. no we have all ages in the band. Mums,dads,grannies,granddads,father & sons, Generally people just having a good time entertaining people
As my involvement with the band has cost me to buy kit and rehearse, it has also shown me that there are so many carnivals and free events that are typically English around the country, its still a good ( and noisy if you are drumming ) place to be