It was a warm summer evening just outside Southampton at Eastleigh football club where Take Note were invited to play for Sophie’s Appeal Rainbow charity ball. For the event we had Will ‘slide’ into the band on trombone.
The aims of Sophie’s Appeal are to
support the social, emotional and educational welfare of children, their
families, nursing and support staff and provide a caring and supporting
environment in both local hospitals and in the community. There are so many
ways in which the Trust provides support to parents, carers and schools who
find themselves suddenly faced with the reality of cancer. A particular focus
of the evening was to raise funds to enable more families to visit their
Rainbow Retreat near Poole.
With the theme of rainbow in mind, all the guests were suitably dressed in a plethora of colours, and the band not wanting to be outdone – Craig in particular, was a kaleidoscopic palate of colours!
Once all the fundraising activities had
taken place, the band filled the dance floor until the night was out with a
wide variety of hits including “Build me up buttercup” right through to “Sweet
child o’ mine”. It’s always great to have the dance floor filled with such a
variety of ages enjoying the evening.
The King’s Court Masonic Centre in Chandler’s Ford, Southampton set the perfect rustic backdrop for our next wedding of the season.
Setting up as the guests were just getting dessert, it was
clear the couple had put a lot of thought and effort into their special day:
the mini-cheesecakes in individual glasses were a particular favourite. The
children had a separate room to play and eat sweets while the adults could
drink and chat by the bar. One child was fascinated with all our equipment and
asked if he could play on Jon’s drumkit.
Starting with a new addition to our set for the first dance Brown Eyed Girl, the love and emotion in the room as the newlyweds danced was indescribable. Specially for the happy couple we added a couple of other songs to our usual set, I Will Wait and Build Me Up Buttercup. The dance floor was packed as the party officially got going with a particular shout-out to the gentleman in the grey suit who was throwing some serious moves on the dance floor.
The couple were very kind and said the band could help
themselves to the buffet in between sets and as we relaxed before the second
set, we all discussed our plans for the Easter weekend. Sarah told us all about
her final training for the London marathon: we wish her the best of luck in the
Bex was feeling rather unwell by this point in the night but
powered through and blasted out the second set like any other day. Proud of
One thing we love at weddings is watching guests descend further into the party spirit: and yes, there is always one guest who dances with real enthusiasm! As the drinks finish, the singing gets louder and the dance floor gets busier. For us: there’s no better vibe than a wedding and helping the couple celebrate their special day.
We wish the Rich and Amy all the best in their future together and look forward to seeing them soon at future gigs.
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