to Tom Lambert for this photo.
I recognise are, Bassoon - Jim Atkins (Dec) Flute and Picc - John Hillier
and David Seed, Clarinet next to R Preston I think is Bert Brown, String
Bass on the left of the picture with tash Ken (Knocker) White, the other
one may be Eric McKone, Trombone section for this recording was possibly,
Daly Atkinson or Tom Mailey on first, Charlie Fleming 2nd and yours
truly on Bass, although we are not visible on the picture, John Sharpe
(Euph) must have been sick or on leave because he was the Euph player
on the recording not Mick Fielding as shown on the picture.
Mik Hickman for additional names.
NOW for the absolute proof of the musical pudding!
The photo that Tom Lambert sent in is very interesting because it is
not the one from the album, the one used had 3 cornet players in the
gallery, Maxie, John Perkins and not sure who was the 3rd, though it
could be Charlie Solomon. On the album photo it also has Mick Forsdick,
tenor saxaphone, Rex Ayling is next to Malcolm, next to John Thorne
on the album photo is Mick Bonner, the other string bass player I believe
is Jack Rolfe. The horns are Kim Kimberly and Tich Richardson, Keith
Eastwell is next to Mick Fielding.
I have taken a photo of the album picture and scanned what I believe
was the band list, signed by Tom Lambert for the recording, it is one
of many that I kept once they were taken down from the band room.
[Ed:] Thank you Dave for this
interesting update. Sadly the list image you sent is not possible to
replicate online as the names are barely readable however, I can add
them as I read them as follows:
Eb Clarinet: Pearson
Oboe: Cpl Walters
Clarinet I: Cpl Kennard, Brown
Repiano Clarinet: Sgt Ayling, Cpl Tugwood
Clarinet II: Crossman, O'Neil
Clarinet III: Cpl Preston, Ferbrache
Bass Clarinet: Paul Moody
Eb Sax: Staff Bandmaster. Sgt Loft
Bb Sax: Cpl Forsdick
Baritone Sax: Sgt Kelley
Horns: Richardson. Kimberley. Sgt Goold. Flint.
Cornets I: Sgt Beare. Stockham.
Cornets II: Toon. Thorne.
Trumpets: Cpl Solomon. Cpl Stewart.
Tombones: Fleming. Atkinson. Hickman.
Basses: Kennedy. Sgt Odey. Rolfe.
Percussion: Ellam. James. Schooley.
As ever, lovely to hear from you and I am delighted that you continue
to maintain and, indeed, increase your interest in all things Royal
Naval/Marine School of Musical. I still have a notion that I might have
the "Picture" blown up to poster size, it would be really
quite dramatic if it will take it. As I expected when I arranged it
for the inner cover of a double album it has great interest because
that beautiful background is only available to those that go to visit
the Royal Marines Museum. I have sent the same picture to various Generals
who were my buddies as Captains all those years ago and they weep tears
of blood over the memory of their beloved mess.
I was interested in your comments and enquiry about Staff Bandmaster
Masters. Yes, indeed it was he the Staff Bandmaster of the Band, fine
player all round and a most efficient man in every way. Together with
the excellent Drum Major Colin Bowden, no Director of Music could have
ever wished to have a better administrative team to smooth his path.
Add to that a most understanding General and his staff we all got along
There is no doubt that all of the musicians, irrespective of rank, shown
in the picture were part of as good a band as ever there was, a cheerful
willing and very loyal lot, whom it was my good fortune and pleasure
to direct. When medical science has reached its ultimate goal I would
happily start all over again with them, with or without the added attraction
of players from the other half of the world, God Bless 'em.
PS: My Dear Richard,
I'm sorry to say that the photo thing is almost dead in the water. Before
leaving it though (and you may want to keep it going, I shall not mind
a bit) I'd just like to add this: For the photographs we spent a long
time getting things absolutely right. It was one of the things that
Col Vivian taught me. There were several shots from all angles and I
don't know now if I have a copy of the record sleeve to be absolutely
was where and on what day.
One of the shots certainly had three trumpets up in the gallery.This
photo, the one you have, was one that I had the originals of, and they
are all very good. In fact, here I will throw the cat among the pigeons
and it may produce a good photo for you to publish. I would like to
claim that picture as the best record sleeve of all the others that
have seen published by any RMB and how about that! Anyone care to take
up the challenge? I am very glad to have at last found out the name
of my 2nd Piccolo, I have tried many times to remember his name so do
forgive me David. Likewise, there are a few names you have been given
that I don't recognize, isn't that awful? Mind you it is 36 years ago
and I am 80, so there.
If any of those champion fellows care to drop me a line I will be only
too pleased to reply. Jack Rolfe was the other string bass player, by
the way, and Williamson the Tenor Sax.
God Bless you All.