Selina and the Waves – Celebrating 30 years!

On 3rd November, Take Note had the pleasure of taking part in Selina’s surprise birthday celebration aboard a party boat in the Solent.
It was an early start for the band as we had to have everything set up for when the guests arrived.
Originally thinking ourselves to have quite strong stomachs, we became slightly anxious that the rocking of the boat had caused some of us to become rather queasy. However, this didn’t deter us from giving this party the good old TN energy!

The last passenger aboard was the birthday girl herself who was incredibly surprised and a little embarrassed at the huge 80-person party who had amassed for her.
We soon set sail out into the Southampton Solent. Once the guests were settled with drinks, we all looked out over the water to watch the annual fireworks display in Mayflower Park which really set the mood for the evening. It was a privilege to be able to watch the beautiful colours spread out over the glistening water on a warm boat rather than shivering in a crowded park.
As the last bang of the fireworks died away, the party was now in full strength and TN chose this perfect moment to erupt into Robbie Williams’ Let Me Entertain You. The sea breeze blowing from the back of the boat gave us fresh energy and kept us on our feet throughout the night. It did cause a few issues with the ladies’ hair though!

As the candles were lit after the first set, Bex blasted out a triumphant ‘Happy Birthday’ on her trumpet and the guests enjoyed a delicious slice of birthday cake.
The second set had an exceptional atmosphere that even TN rarely experience. This only grew as the boat hit a rocky patch and the band played through it like nothing could sway them. The Sweet Child O’ Mine guitar solo is infamous for any musician but even Slash would have been impressed with Mat’s resilience to the rocking sea waves.
As we blasted out our final song Oh What a Night, riding on the waves of party vibes, a conga line formed which took up the entire floor of the ship. In the function band world, you always know you’ve given a good party if there’s a conga line!
Screaming for one more song, we exhausted the guests’ dance moves with a final energetic Livin’ On A Prayer. As the last note faded, even the sea breeze couldn’t stop the beads of sweat lingering on our foreheads and we knew we’d played our all!

Once the guests had disembarked, we still had too much adrenaline to go home. So, we decided to frequent our local McDonald’s for a late-night snacking session. Armed with nuggets and chips, we were very satisfied with the results of our most recent gig.
From the photos and praise we received, TN are very glad Daisy and Selina had a great night.

What an amazing night, you guys were absolutely brilliant! Great song choices, massive effort to keep the energy up in the first set, brass section compliments the band so well, just loved you guys! Had some wonderful feedback from all the guests as well who were so impressed with you.” – Daisy R

A Knockout Boxing Performance

We were filled with excitement as the TN team pulled up outside the Eastleigh Railway Institute on the eve of 13th October. Raring to go, we walked through the doors and were taken aback as the club, which usually hosts bowls and drinks, had transformed itself into a full-sized boxing ring! Yes, you guessed it – our very first live boxing gig!

RLM Fitness representatives had been setting up for hours and as we joined in the preparations, the atmosphere was already high. After a quick warm-up ourselves, it was time to get the crowd going! Playing some of our usual classics as well as a new addition to our set list, Everybody Needs Somebody it was time to introduce the fighters.

 

As Craig gave his first hand as a ring announcer, his deep voice pumped up the crowd even more and the rest of the band just had to wonder if he was in the wrong career.
The cheers from supporters on both sides made the anticipation in the room almost unbearable. As each of the RLM fighters made their entrance walks into the ring, the TN team rocked the already-shaking house with classics like Johnny B Goode and Park Life. In return, we gave the away team a cheeky musical wink of luck as each opponent was greeted to a good ol’ bit of Get Lucky.

As we watched each fight, we were in awe of the skill and dexterity many of the fighters possessed. RLM Fitness’ Luke Martin made a particularly impressive knock-out punch within 1 minute of his fight.
Five fights later, RLM fitness had won three to the away team’s two but the night was only just beginning. As the cheers continued to grow, the main event was yet to come!

 

After a ten-minute breather, we were ready for the main event of the night: The United British Boxing Federation Title Match. Representing the home team, Sam Dixon and challenging him for the title, Ryan Cooper. As TN blasted out one of their all-time favourites, Let Me Entertain You, Sam strode across the floor with an air of determination before facing his opponent.

It was a close match and the determination and ferocity of both fighters meant the referee had to intervene multiple times to keep the fight clean. Eventually, after many ducks and blocks, RLM Fitness’ Sam Dixon was announced champion! The cheers were deafening; it seemed like they could be heard all the way from the station.

Sweaty and tired, the fighters went for some cold showers and beer as the TN crew launched into our set list. In the usual style, we had the audience and dancing as the words to Sweet Child Of Mine passed across their lips. Dancer of the night award of course must go to the guy who jumped into the ring and proceeded to do back flips from the corner cushions!

As the band relaxed in the dressing room after another successful gig, Bex and Gemma were particularly inspired by some of the fighters and decided to have a go at boxing themselves! Safe to say, they weren’t very good… best keep the hobbies to playing music, girls!

“People were taking about three things tonight;

The big guy that got knocked out

The little guy who got knocked out

And the band!” – RLMFitness

Helen & Rob’s Warsash Wedding

Last Friday saw Team Take Note UK head over to Warsash Sailing Club to celebrate the marriage of Helen and Robert; a beautiful venue set within the stunning backdrop of Warsash Harbour.

The day was running a little behind schedule when we arrived (as all great Weddings do!) which was no trouble for the team; we called a quick “car park meeting” to set in place our call to action for when the Best Man gave us the all clear to come in. To say it ran as a military operation is perhaps a little exaggerated, but we were in and set up in a record breaking 40 minutes… we’ll take that! Great effort by all involved (even Sarah had a hand in the set up!)

The evening began with the happy couple enjoying their first dance. Strictly Come Dancing can stand aside; Helen and Robert owned the floor! A huge 10/10 from us! After the couple took their bow we were straight in with our first number, which saw the guests immediately take to the floor. It’s fair to say that most of them proceeded to stay there for the evening!

We had a few special requests that were our absolute pleasure to perform. “Pencil Full of Lead” by Paulo Nutini was a real crowd pleaser (and will now be a firm addition to our set!) along with “Play That Funky Music” which provided the opportunity for some pretty awesome dance moves! “Everybody Needs Somebody” by The Blues Brothers showed us all that a true classic never goes out of fashion, and we had a lot of fun playing that track to what was one our most receptive audiences to date!

A massive thank you to the New Mr and Mrs Dawson for inviting us to share your special day. You both looked stunning and so very much in love, it was a joy to be able to play for you. We hope to see you and your guests at a future gig very soon!

“Thanks for keeping the dance floor filled on Friday night, we had the Best Day and so many people commented on how amazing you guys were…”
“So good, even my dad got dancing!”

Helen & Rob