Sunday, January 4, 2009

Massed Bands Extravaganza

Massed Bands Extravaganza
After last years' hugely successful event, the combined forces of Adur Concert Band, Bognor Regis Concert Band and the Littlehampton Concert Band are going to make the 2009 Massed Bands Extravaganza concert even bigger and better.

We've got a great line up of concert band music that will appeal to all tastes and if you've ever been before, you know we mean it. As well as great music, you'll get the chance to meet some of the members of the bands so, if you've been inspired to pick up an instrument, you might even find out about joining them.

Each of the three bands will show how good they are individually plus the unique sound of over 100 musicians performing some spectacular music together is really quite an experience and one not to be missed. So what are you waiting for? Tickets are now on sale and are always very popular so you'd better get them quick!

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Paul Rudd

A disarming smile and effortless charm helped actor Paul Rudd make his name on stage and screen, as well as cultivate an avid following as both a sensitive beefcake and comic foil. While he remained vaguely recognizable thanks to several prominent film and television roles – namely as Phoebe’s husband on “Friends” (NBC, 1994-2004) and in “The Object of My Affection” (1998) – Rudd truly made his mark with the surprisingly successful Judd Apatow comedies, “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” (2005) and “Knocked Up” (2007), establishing the versatile actor – who oscillated easily between comedy and drama both on screen and on stage – as a bona fide star on the rise.

Born April 6, 1969 in Passaic, NJ to British parents, he graduated high school from Shawnee Mission West in 1987, before moving on to study theater at the University of Kansas. Though at first he was dead set on performing only comic improv and monologues, Rudd did a sudden about-face with a role in Shakespeare’s MacBeth, giving him a thirst for more dramatic training. He later attended Pasadena's American Academy of Dramatic Arts on a Spencer Tracy Scholarship, followed by a semester at Oxford's British Drama Academy, where he appeared as "Hamlet" in scenes directed by Ben Kingsley. While in England, he also co-produced the Globe Theatre's production of Howard Brenton's "Bloody Poetry," in which he starred as writer Percy Shelley.

Returning to the United States in the early 1990s, he began his career billed as Paul Stephen Rudd to avoid confusion with stage and television actor Paul Rudd (born 1940). He received great exposure with his first role as an aspiring filmmaker married to Reed Halsey (Ashley Judd, later Noelle Parker) on "Sisters" (NBC, 1991-96), a role he played from 1992-95. He also began appearing in longforms, including the CBS miniseries "The Fire Next Time" (1993), the drama "Moment of Truth: Stalking Back" (NBC, 1993) and Joe Dante's "Runaway Daughters" segment of Showtime's "Rebel Highway" (1994). Displaying his comic skills, Rudd co-starred as a genial Chicago social worker opposite Tim Conlan as his raunchy photographer roommate in the short-lived twentysomething’s sitcom, "Wild Oats" (Fox, 1994).

Rudd finally broke through in Amy Heckerling's hit comedy, "Clueless" (1995), playing Alicia Silverstone's college-aged, know-it-all stepbrother/would-be love interest. As the gravitas anchor amid the giggly schoolgirls, he ignited the fantasies of boy-next-door seekers everywhere. That year, he was also cast in the less impressive film, "Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers” which was actually his first screen role – the finished film debuting after "Clueless.” The following year, he played a jazzed-up Paris (renamed 'Dave Paris') in Baz Luhrmann's updated, rock 'n' roll version of "William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet" and as a goofy aspiring filmmaker in the comedy "The Size of Watermelons" (shown at Cannes). He followed with a supporting role in the period drama "The Locusts,” which reunited him with Ashley Judd, before playing a young man attempting to retrieve a Dear Jane letter in the middling comedy "Overnight Delivery,” both in 1997.

Rudd continued turning heads when he played a gay man involved with an unwed mother (Jennifer Aniston) in Nicholas Hytner's "The Object of My Affection.” Despite the vanilla aspects of a contrived romance doomed by its players' inherently different instinctual drives, Rudd's intelligent portrayal elevated his nice guy role above what playwright-screenwriter Wendy Wasserstein had provided for him. Having made his Broadway debut in Alfred Uhry's "The Last Night of Ballyhoo" (1997), he initially balked at leaving its cast to make "Affection," but returned after shooting completed to resume his part as suitor to a dissenting member of a Jewish family trying to assimilate in 1930s Atlanta.

The following year saw him reunite with Hytner on Broadway as the lovesick Orsino, spouting the Bard's most poetic lines from Twelfth Night alongside Helen Hunt. After sporting long, pointed sideburns for his role as a recently jilted lover in "200 Cigarettes," Rudd returned to the stage opposite Calista Flockhart in "Bash," a trio of one-acts by Neil LaBute that skewered the playwright’s Mormon religion. In the evening's final segment, he and Flockhart portrayed Mormon college students visiting New York City, with Rudd playing off his boyish charm and delivering a chilling description of his character's participation in a brutal attack on two gay men. He went on to reprise the role in Los Angeles and London.

Moving back to the big screen, he co-starred as World War II pilot Wally Worthington in Lasse Hallstrom's "The Cider House Rules" (1999) – the first of John Irving's novels adapted by the writer himself. Unfortunately, the streamlined film narrative reduced the part dramatically from its prose origins and left Rudd with little to do. There was no reducing his next roles, however. Rudd starred opposite Andie MacDowell in "Reaching Normal" (Showtime, 2000), written and directed by Anne Heche, and traded on his preppy looks to embody F. Scott Fitzgerald narrator Nick Carraway in the 2001 A&E adaptation of "The Great Gatsby." A turn in the ridiculous "Wet Hot American Summer" (2001) set the stage for one of Rudd's more memorable and visible roles, when he landed the plumb part of Mike Hannigan, Phoebe Buffat’s straight-laced and level-headed beau, on the hit sitcom "Friends" from 2002-04. He had reportedly taken on the role at the behest of former co-star and friend, Aniston.

Rudd reunited with LaBute for "The Shape of Things" (2003), another of the auteur’s sharp-edged, harsh looks at the battles of the sexes, in which Rudd played a young man who radically makes himself over after becoming involved with a mysterious beauty (Rachel Weisz). Mixing things up for a bit, Rudd took a role opposite Will Ferrell in the comedy, "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgandy" (2004), the most effective demonstration of his comedic skills to date. Rudd played a misogynist expose reporter in 1970s-era San Diego, who bolsters news anchor Burgandy's (Ferrell) attempts to freeze out their station's first female on-air reporter (Christina Applegate). Rudd's increasingly deft comic abilities caught the right attention, landing him in "The 40-Year-Old Virgin.” Written and directed by Apatow and starring Steve Carell, “Virgin” co-starred Rudd as one of the supportive, if sometimes misguided, co-workers trying to help their oddball friend (Carell) lose his virginity.

Jumping back on stage, Rudd appeared on Broadway with first timer Julia Roberts in her much publicized and sold out dramatic debut, "Three Days of Rain." Opening in April 2006, the show closed its doors in June, spending a mere three months on the Great White Way, after an onslaught of poor reviews and rapidly dwindling audience attendance. Meanwhile, Rudd made a small appearance in “Night at the Museum” (2006) as a bond trader and stepfather to a young boy (Jake Cherry) too embarrassed to know his real dad (Ben Stiller), a down-and-out dreamer who desperately takes a night watchman’s job at a history museum, only to discover that the exhibits come alive at night.

After starring as a clam digger with artistic aspirations in the low-budget indie “Diggers” (2007), Rudd played Ethan the Drug Lord in “Reno 911: Miami” (2007), the big screen treatment of Comedy Central’s hit about a bumbling squad of Reno cops. Rudd then got his chance to make himself an even bigger household name with “Knocked Up” (2007), an unrelenting comedy from Rudd’s friend and director Apatow, about an up-and-coming entertainment journalist (Katherine Heigl) whose one-night stand with a disheveled slacker (Seth Rogen) results in an unwanted pregnancy. Rudd played Heigl’s hen-pecked brother-in-law who turns out to be a lousy parental role model – to predictably hilarious results.

* Also Credited As:
John Ashlee, Paul S. Rudd, Paul Stephen Rudd
* Born:
Paul Stephen Rudd on April 6, 1969 in Passaic, New Jersey
* Job Titles:
Actor, Producer


* Father: Michael Rudd. British; former vice president of World Airways
* Son: Jack Rudd. Born in 2006; mother, Julie Yaeger

Significant Others

* Companion: Julie Yaeger. dating since c. 1995


* American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Pasadena, CA, 1991
* University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, theater
* British American Academy, Oxford, England


* 1992 TV acting debut as Kirby Philby, the husband of Reed Halsey (originated by Ashley Judd and then played by Noelle Parker) in the NBC series "Sisters"
* 1993 TV miniseries debut, "The Fire Next Time" (CBS)
* 1994 Co-starred on short-lived Fox sitcom "Wild Oats"
* 1995 Breakthrough screen role in "Clueless" as Josh, the stepbrother of Alicia Silverstone's Cher
* 1995 Feature film debut, "Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers" (filmed before "Clueless" but released after)
* 1996 Made guest appearance on TV sitcom "Clueless" (ABC) as date of Cher (played by Rachel Blanchard)
* 1996 Portrayed glibly preppy Dave Paris in Baz Lurhmann's "William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet"
* 1997 Made Broadway stage debut in Alfred Uhry's "The Last Night of Ballyhoo"
* 1997 Reteamed with Ashley Judd in "The Locusts"
* 1998 First leading role in a mainstream feature, cast as a gay schoolteacher who befriends an unwed pregnant woman in "The Object of My Affection", directed by Nicholas Hytner
* 1998 Returned to the Broadway stage as Orsino to Helen Hunt's Viola in "Twelfth Night"; production aired on PBS' "Live From Lincoln Center" under the direction of Kirk Browning (August 30)
* 1999 Appeared as a recently jilted guy depressed over his love life in the indie comedy "200 Cigarettes"
* 1999 Co-starred as WWII pilot Wally Worthington in "The Cider House Rules"
* 1999 Delivering a chilling performance as a Mormon college student who brutal attacks a gay couple in the play, "Bash"
* 2000 Made London stage debut playing Jamie Tyrone in "Long Day's Journey Into Night"
* 2000 Starred opposite Andie MacDowell in the short "Reaching Normal"; written and directed by Anne Heche; screened at Sundance before airing on Showtime
* 2001 Acted in Neil LaBute's London stage production of "The Shape of Things"
* 2001 Portrayed Nick Carraway in the A&E adaptation of "The Great Gatsby"
* 2003 Revised role of Adam in the feature film adaptation of Neil LaBute's "The Shape of Things"
* 2003 Starred in "House Hunting" with Zooey Deschanel and Felicity Huffman; written and directed by Amy Lippman
* 2004 Portrayed journalist Brian Fantana in the comedy "Anchorman" with Will Ferrell
* 2005 Cast as Steve Carell's buddy in Judd Apatow's "The 40 Year-Old Virgin"
* 2006 Joined Bradley Cooper and Julia Roberts in the Broadway production of Richard Greenberg's "Three Days of Rain"
* 2007 Starred as Katherine Heigl's brother-in-law in the Judd Apatow directed "Knocked Up"
* 2008 Cast in "Over Her Dead Body" opposite Eva Longoria
* 2008 Co-starred in the Apatow produced, "Forgetting Sarah Marshall"
* Raised in Kansas City, Missouri
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Anne dudek biography

The classically beautiful, Massachusetts-born actress Anne Dudek received formal training in a number of theatrical masterworks, including the lead in a Chicago production of Iphigenia in Taurus, staged by JoAnne Akalaitis, before transitioning to supporting roles in filmed work. After a 2001 guest spot on ER, Dudek played Lisa Silk, daughter of racially masked professor Coleman Silk (Anthony Hopkins) in Robert Benton's thoughtful #92;drama The Human Stain (2003). Dudek offered a memorable comic turn as snooty heiress Tiffany Wilson in the Wayans Brothers #92;farce White Chicks (2004), and guest spots on such series programs as Six Feet Under (in 2003) and Desperate Housewives (in 2004), then scored her highest billing to date as Lorraine in Brad Silberling's 10 Items or Less (2006), starring Morgan Freeman. That same year, Dudek landed a plum role in Kurt Voelker's nutty, ensemble-driven #92;farce, Park. In 2007, the actress scored several memorable and notably diverse supporting roles on the small screen: a '60s housewife on the critically acclaimed AMC #92;drama Mad Men; one of the wives of the scheming Alby Grant on the HBO polygamist #92;drama Big Love; and one of Dr. Gregory House's (Hugh Laurie) possible new employees at the start of the hit #92;medical drama House's fourth season. Her ambitious character on the latter show, dubbed by House as "Cutthroat Bitch," was ultimately not chosen for his elite medical team, but she returned later in the season as the love interest of his best friend, Dr. Wilson (Robert Sean Leonard). ~ Nathan Southern, All Movie Guide

* Also Credited As:
Anne L. Dudek

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Kari Byron

She’s that adorable and friendly redheaded assistant on the popular Discovery Channel television program Mythbusters. But besides being a more or less reality TV star, few may know that Kari Byron is also a prominent artist based in San Francisco, California.

Kari Bryon was born on December 8, 1974, in San Francisco, and after high school attended San Francisco State University, majoring in sculpture and film. In May of 1998, she graduated with honors with her Bachelor of Arts degree.

After college graduation, Byron was involved in working on several notable art projects, traveled to Southeast Asia to go backpacking, and worked various odd jobs, such as a secret shopper for a known liquor company.

However, Byron remained a relatively unknown personality until she was offered the chance to regularly appear on the popular show Mythbusters, a reality-based TV program focusing on building projects to scientifically and actively test (and ultimately, to disprove) popular myths.

The show stars Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage as the hosts. After Byron repeatedly showed up at Hyneman’s workshop looking for a job, Peter Rees, the show’s producer, asked her to help out with a particular project—regarding the vacuum plane toilet myth—which led to more guest appearances and then regular appearances in the show’s second season. Byron has since been mostly working with Mythbusters team members Grant Imahara and Tory Belleci.

However, Byron maintains that she is truly an artist at heart; particularly, through the art form of sculpting, in which she most often uses materials such as polymer clay, metals, wood, acrylic gouache, and other materials and objects.

Byron made her solo art exhibit debut, Stray Doll, in 2004 at the famous Anno Domini, a contemporary art gallery located in San Jose, California. Anno Domini was launched by graphic designers Brian Eder and Cherri Lakey, and has featured the work FriendMakers, a joint effort by artists Keith Knight, Michael Sieben, and Don Pendleton.
In June 2006, Byron was featured in a four-page spread of the American version of the popular monthly men’s magazine FHM, founded by Chris Astridge, and more than once, Byron has been invited by David Letterman to guest appear on his show, The Late Show with David Letterman.

Byron also has a pierced tongue, which can sometimes be seen when she’s featured on Mythbusters, and is also a vegetarian.

Byron has cited some of the SECCA (also known as the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art) award winners as the artists responsible for her inspiration.
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