Peter Heming - Director of Music, Portsmouth Band

Dear Dickie.

The photo is Peter Heming DOM RM with Pompey band at the Guildhall Pompey, the photo is after 1977. I've split the old photo into two larger sections as to be able to see a little closer who people are.

I first met Peter prior to the photo when I was sitting in on drums with the Southampton All Stars Big Band, of which one of the band members was Harold Price on trombone. I think it was Dave Harris that introduced me to Peter who were both propping up the bar for medicinal (<<<thank goodness for spell check) purposes. Little did I know that further down the line he would become the DOM of Pompey Band and I would also be onboard the Yacht under his direction.

If anyone can name all the personnel in the photo it would be great, you big swot, just in case someone does, so, if anybody rises to the challenge, name the tune as well:)

In the photo I was on kit, as Tom Scade and Taff the percussionists, were playing a xylophone duet. You can just see a little bit of Taff as the photo was cropped and cut Tom off the photo. You may be wondering why there were three drum kits on stage? Peter had written a number to feature the drummer, but had three of us to exchange 'fours', and then drum ad-libs, plus it always gives the lads in the band a breather, while we were sweating and by the sound of us, building a shed behind them.

I understand that Peter took over the baton for the “Mantovani Orchestra” which gave me happy memories of watching the orchestra on a Sunday afternoon in the 50s, surrounded by my family watching on our very small black and white tv, in Wolverhampton (the MIGHTY WOLVES ARE BACK, sorry, got carried away)

It's interesting that my chat with Dickie when he mentioned Peter's name, that this photo was sought out, and all the memories of this man was a big part of our "swinging the L E D lights” chat across the pond.

All the very best to you all.

Pete Law ex Bugler

PS: Looking at the way Peter had the band rigged up on stage, instrumentation wise that is, for what reason did he do it this way?


It will be good to add some names if you all can get your thinking caps on.

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