Old Comrades Band 2005 - Stephen Misson
The first item, the Carl Teike march Old Comrades was chosen as it aptly reflected the character of the band (or was it the other way round?) and from that point it was obvious that this was indeed going to be a very special afternoon. In his programme introduction Stephen advised the audience not to expect the same stand-discipline as exhibited by the Royal Marines Band exactly two weeks earlier because of the electric atmosphere generated by these very accomplished musicians. It seemed almost impossible that anyone could perform such a complex programme culminating in the enormously difficult Festive Overture by Shostakovitch, to such a high standard, but they did — and did it with such gusto and energy considering the average age was 62 years.
A one-off performance? After the event, the organisers were inundated with congratulations and praise; no way can the Deal Memorial Bandstand Trust allow this band to dissolve into obscurity; it must surely become one of the most anticipated events in the Deal calendar to run alongside the annual visit of the Royal Marines Band themselves and we eagerly look forward to being able to experience another fabulous afternoon’s entertainment by this enchanting band of senior ex Royal Marines.
Flute: Pete Selby, Rosemary Rathbone
Oboe: Wally Walters
Clarinets: Andy Cunningham, Derek Holder, Freddie Flux, Alan Shankland, George Simpson, Ian Clarkson, Bob Gill, Bob Graham, Ben Finney
Bass Clarinet/Bari Sax: Pete Rose
Alto Sax: Mick Murray, Brian Tupper, Mike Brodie
Tenor Sax: Jay O’Neil
Bassoon: Brian Smith, Lew Cooper
Horns: Benny Goodman, Taph Ward, Andrew Berridge
Trumpet: Steve Misson, Keith Davies, Bert Nicholls, Trevor Attwood, Aggie Willis, Alan Adshead, Derek Lindars, Mike Scurfield, Pete Worsfold, Dougie Powell, Keith Price
Trombone: Mick Eastbrook, Paul Coker, Joe Kendrick, Len Ingram
Euphonium: David Burridge
Basses: Andy Wall, Riggo Richardson
Percussion: Brian Short, John Collison, Malcolm Belcher
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