Author:Clare Steele

WBB – Day 4 – Evening

After the excitement of the concert, the band were able to enjoy a short time sightseeing in Spa. Some took the funicular train up to the Thermes to enjoy a wonderful view of Spa, take the waters...

WBB – Day 4 – Concert in Spa

The brewery tour had been great, but we were running a little late and there was a real danger we were going to be late. The sense of panic increased when we had to find an alternative route due to a...

WBB – Day 3 – Morning – Boat Trip on River Maas

Morning dawned misty and refreshingly cool. After the fun of yesterday’s concert in Aachen, the band travelled to Maastricht ahead of their second concert. The coach made good time and everyone...

WBB – Day 3 – Concert in Maastricht

Wadhurst Brass Band members were relieved to find they were playing in a different square to the Worcestershire Jazz Band. The Onze Lieve Vrouwekerk Square – a leafy quadrangle bounded by...

WBB – Day 3 – Evening in Valkenburg

After the concert we piled back on to the coach and travelled to Valkenburg for a traditional Dutch meal of soup and pancakes. It was a very warm evening and our restaurant booking had placed the...

WBB – Day 4 – Spa – Morning

Another fresh and misty morning and we travelled to the Brasserie de Bellavaux near Spa. Tony, our coach driver, was brilliant negotiating the narrow lanes and hair pin bends to get us there and the...

Wadhurst Brass Band arrive in Aachen

Thur 24 Jul, 7am: What a glorious warm, crystal clear morning in Wadhurst to start our journey to Aachen in Germany. A smooth and pleasant journey, punctuated with singing and David’s guitar,...

Day 2 – morning

After breakfast, the band rehearsed at the hotel, much to the amusement of fellow guests and hotel staff. Meanwhile the mystery surrounding Mr Flip-Flop deepened. His Bass-playing companion Suzanne H...

Day 2 – late morning

The day continued and everyone went off to the centre of Aachen to enjoy the sights and sample the local restaurants before returning to the hotel to prepare for the concert. Conversations on the...

Day 2 – Concert at Kurpark Terrassen Café

The band was well received by an appreciative audience. Lots of solos, a hymn, march and a rousing encore of Hootenanny when the trombone section left the band space and played amongst the crowd....