The first time I heard Street Heat play was many years ago at Beautiful Days, when from inside my tent, I heard the drumbeats so made my way down the hill to see what was going on. We all thought they were great fun, with their colourful costumes and joined in clapping and dancing to the beats. I never realised that one day I would be in the band as I presumed you needed musical experience. Over the years, I have watched Street Heat brighten up many occasions, including waiting for the Olympic Torch by Shaldon Bridge.
A couple of years later I saw an advert for a workshop that said “Everybody Welcome” so even with my non-existent musical ability, I could have a go! Woohoo, I was excited but it was months away. Unfortunately, I developed a bulging disc and could barely walk for 2 months, but by January 2014, I was hobbling about, so I was not going to miss this opportunity. The whole day was brilliant, everybody was so friendly and unbelievably for the time of year, the sun was shining and we played outside. Nick advised me to play the bells so I wouldn’t need to carry a drum and I sat for a while to ease the pain and dosed myself with painkillers, but smiled through it as I didn’t want anyone to think I was miserable. It was great fun and I knew then that I wanted to be part of Street Heat, if they would have me.
We were invited to attend practice sessions and I stuck with bells as I thought there was more chance of me getting in the band if I made progress, as I think if I tried different instruments I could get confused. Nick the section leader was supportive and has continued to be, even though I still have blank moments occasionally! I did my first performance at Exmouth Christmas Cracker in December 2014 and it was amazing that I was now part of the band and could see other people enjoying themselves.