In the spring, Woody's Sound received a "different kind of" request:

The "Johanniter Pferdestaffel" was looking for orchestras who would like to support the sensitization of the horse squadron.

What does that mean exactly?

The horses of the squadron are exposed to a variety of situations in the field. This includes loud music. A sound system with music is not the same as a live orchestra.
So that the horses do not startle in such a situation, you should be accustomed to it or desensitized in this regard.

On 28.07.2018, Woody's Sound made its way to the Harburg riding club in Hamburg.
In the best weather we were warmly welcomed by the squadron and got ready to play under a shady tree. Our task: have fun and to play louder ... and if possible do not get distracted by the horses. Nevertheless, we started the first song more calmly - just to be careful.
As we played, the horses became familiar with different situations throughout the course.
Gradually, the riders came closer and stopped with the horses right in front of us. These showed little excitement or shyness, very impressive!

A highlight was the formation of a swath and the gallop directly through the playing orchestra. This also mastered the horses with flying colors.

We thank you for the new experience, we are glad that we were able to help and we would love to come back. It was a nice day with great food and good organization by Martina Leffrang.

Source of the photos: Martina Leffrang

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On 4 August 2018, the big band "Just in Time" had the honor and the great pleasure of giving an open-air concert in the music pavillion of Planten un Blomen.
In hot summer temperatures, an enthusiastic audience was offered a non-stop cross-section of the extensive repertoire of the Big Band for two hours. The enthusiasm of the orchestra did not spoil neither the heat of the afternoon nor the previous six-week summer break - on the contrary!
Everyone was hot for this performance and the best of playfulness. Orchester chief Martin Woodford enchanted the audience with his solos on "What a wonderful world" by Louis Armstrong and "You've got a friend" by Carole King. A hot performance on a hot summer day in Planten un Blomen ...

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Why is an entire orchestra assembled at the music school early in the morning? It can only mean one thing: We're going on tour!

On the 8th of November last year, the member of the Bundestag, Svenja Stadler, visited our association Woody's Sound. What followed now was the honoring of a promise. We were invited by the Federal Press Office (BPA) to Berlin for three days.

Now it started on Tuesday morning. At noon we got a great view of the Siegessäule and the TV Tower on arrival.
Our BPA supervisor, Eva Tischendorf, greeted us appropriately with "Moin, Moin" and focused on the mentality of Berliners. They are very ... direct, but despite the Berlin slang very adorable!
After lunch, the cliché of all "tourists" had to be fulfilled first of all: Photos at the Brandenburg Gate!

The first program item of this political educational trip was the Palace of Tears. We were very impressively illustrated the entry and exit process to East Berlin. After the tour, the older members of the group told of their personal experiences during the German division.

"I'm Still Standing" is not just a song from the legendary Elton John, it also sums up the last months, weeks, days and hours.
Months ago, for today, Martin started arranging new songs and producing older titles. He developed the concept for today's summer concert

Beatles vs. Stones

We dedicated ourselves to the 60s of British rock, but also to the American Motown sound. For weeks he practiced with us patiently and a weekend also went to a workshop in Ratzeburg. Two weeks ago we went into the "hot phase". Many things were different today. The orchestra stood on the slope in the trees, the bake sale with grill was elsewhere and so on.

The prelude was offered by the "Ladies of Brass". An orchestra, which has not been around for long, had its first appearance and performed three songs. Two songs by Glenn Miller and the end "Rock around the clock" by Bill Haley. A great mood!
Martin then handed the microphone over to the new 1st Chairman of Woody's Sound: Alex Melchert. Alex cheered the guests on with a few laughs. Afterwardshe  thanked the departing baord members Gerd and Peter for the years of remarkable work.

Then took over Woody's Sound and started with songs of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, but also with Motown classics, e.g. from the Supremes. The first soloists on the horn impressively demonstrated their skills.

During the break, the food and beverage stand was literally stormed. Thanks to the numerous cake donations there was really something for everyone. Here again a thank you to the busy helpers and donors!

In the second part finally Elton John came to the course. Woody's Sound started with a mix of "Crocodile Rock" and "I'm Still Standin". This was followed by the solo performance of our keyboarder Christian with "Pinball Wizzard".
In "Stranger On The Shore" by Acker Bilk, surprisingly, three young clarinettists were asked to go solo. The three mastered this like the pros.
Who knows us now knows that we still have a lot of steam. In "Satisfaction" of the Rolling Stones we could also let out the same.
But after the British 60s it had to go again to the USA. With "Blame It On The Boogie" by the Jackson Five, Martin has fulfilled a title request.
In the next title, Martin demanded something rare from the guests: they should sing. The following title "Land Of A 1000 Dances" has a passage that everyone knows and that you can not sing wrong. With the support of the guests we really had fun on this "unfamiliar terrain". Some members say, "There is a reason why I play an instrument ..."
We were rapidly approaching the end. "25 Or 6 To 4" and "Time Is Tight" finished. Both titles are characterized by rhythm and are true classics. Especially the bass and the guitars were allowed to gather last strength again.
Without an encore, we were not allowed to leave our "Waldbühne". So we have set the counterpoint to the Beatles and the Rolling Stones another counterweight: with Modern Talking and "Cheri Cheri Lady" we said goodbye to an excellent audience. Many Thanks!

It followed the dismantling. Everyone packed in and before you know it's over. Especially Martin can say: "I'm Still Standing".
And we all know "after the summer concert is before the Christmas concert ..."

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It's a wine festival in Winsen / Luhe and Woody's Sound is playing for you. It was played for two hours and we entertained the guests with a lot of fun and joy for the music. The "little ones" were happy about "Blue da ba dee" and for the "older ones" we had a medley from Boney M and "Burning Love" from Elvis Presley.

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