Allstars 2004
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Paul Neville & Maj John Kelly
Mike Baxter, Mayor of Deal Cllr, Murray, Graham Edwards

The All Stars Band has become an annual pilgrimage for many ex members of the Royal Marines Band Service. Before presenting cheques to beneficiaries, Stephen Misson informed the band and audience of some of the long distance travellers who give up their time and efforts at their own expense to make these concerts so successful. These included members from all parts of the British Isles as well as our honorary member from the Dutch Marines, Edwin Musquetiere and two musicians travelling all the way from Australia, Pat Trevis and Ginge Chamberlain, both for the second consecutive year.

Sunday 17th March 2006 saw the largest band ever with 131 musicians taking part at the Winter Gardens, Margate playing to almost a capacity audience in what has become a ‘must see’ event. The day started at 2pm with gruelling rehearsals under the baton of former Principal Director of Music Paul Neville when every piece was practiced to an acceptable standard considering the limited time available. But make no mistake, this standard is high, proving that the musicians can still perform almost to the level that the Royal Marines trained them – for some many years ago, the oldest member being Tom Merrett now 84 and closely followed by three other in their 80s.

Following rehearsals there was a family buffet enjoyed by some 260 family and friends which gave the men a chance to meet old friends and catch up the past years. Many a dog-eared photograph changed hands. It was during the buffet that a raffle was drawn for two digital cameras. From the proceeds of the previous year’s concert, the band had bought a quality digital camera for Deal Hospital Minor Injuries Unit only to find that they had already purchased one without telling us. It was decided to raffle this camera between the members of the band hoping to recoup some of the money spent purchasing it. Such was the generosity of the band we soon had enough money to buy a second digital camera. The lucky recipients were George Simpson and Bob Gill, neither of whom owns a computer to process the shots. No doubt they will be taking their memory sticks to Boots regularly.

The concert proceeded well and it didn’t seem as if we were getting our second wind when the interval was upon us. The second half opening by playing Royal Salute specially purchased and played as a tribute to Richard Waterer. There were features for the cornet, trombone and clarinet sections and a specially arranged version of Drumbeat Jamboree to incorporate just four side drums from our percussion section of nine players. Mike Scurfield, dressed in Royal Marines battledress and beret, led the singing in a new arrangement called Songs of the Forties by Paul Neville which enjoyed by the audience as well as the band.

Before the final item, Wagner’s overture Reinzi, cheques were presented from the proceeds of the concert. Major John Kelly informed the audience of his delight in being invited whilst accepting a cheque for £4000 for the Royal Marines Band Benevolent Fund and Deal’s Town Mayor, a very musical person himself, enthused about the musicianship of the band as he received a cheque for £2000 in his role as President of the Deal Memorial Bandstand Trust. Two further cheques were donated to former Warrant Officers Mike Baxter and Graham Edwards for The Kent Venture Boat and Prostate Cancer Support Group respectively. Five other charities benefited from the concert one of them being the Hockeredge & Jasmine Centre in Westgate because one of the band’s members is now resident there with early onset dementia.

As always, there was a further opportunity to swap yarns and to pat each other on the back in the bar after the concert where we finally parted company with the pledge to return in 2007 on the 11th March where we will once more make music in the manner that the Royal Marines trained us.

A total of £136,128.50 has now been donated to charity, £68,000 of it going to the Royal Marines Band Benevolent Fund. If you would like to included in future concerts, please contact Stephen Misson, 1 The Maltings, Walmer, Deal, Kent CT14 7AR – telephone 01304 362181, email

Derek Pilley
Charlie Francis
Phil Hughes
Cliff Meatheringham
Peter Selby
Tim Smye-Rumsby
Keith Wishart
"Wally" Walters
Eb Clarinet
Graham Pinder
Miles Attwell
Ken Barnacle 75 Broadstairs
Bart Bartholomew 58 Dartmouth
Ian Clarkson
Clem Cocker
Andy Cunningham
Ben Finney
Bob Gill
Ron Hempsall
Derek Holder
Ned Kelly
Graham MacPherson 64 Wakefield
Bob McGregor 54 Deal Duncan McKenzie 66 Dover
Thomas Merrett 84 Deal David Moore 65 East Preston
Jay O'Neill 54 Deal Vicky O'Neill 35 Deal
Rodney Preston 61 Portsmouth Michael Rice 68 Chichester
Pete Rose 55 Dover Alan Shankland 69 Deal
George S impson 67 Deal Anthony Spencer 72 Portchester
Mike Tellick 64 Sittingbourne Thomas Tucker 74 Hailsham
Bass Clarinet          
Brian Thorogood 65


Robert Whaites 48 Dumfermline
Alto Saxophone          
David Barton 56 Ashford Paul Brennan 43 Redhill
Mervyn Hyatt 55 Watchet      
Charles Procter 81 Stockport Derek Roberts 57 Exeter
"Tosh" Toye 49 Deal Michael Trevis 68 Australia
Brian Tupper 57 Deal Alan Walker 64 Margate
Ray Watts 74 Marlborough David Webster 77 Derby
Roger Waterfield 56 Torpoint      
Tenor Saxophone          
Dave Curtis 67 Folkestone John Green 53 Leeds
Tony Jackson 64 Marlborough Laurie Loveless 62 Romsey
Harry Prescott 63 Deal      
Baritone Saxophone          
Gus Guthrie 80 Bedford      
Lew Cooper 72 Deal      
French Horn          
Andrew Berridge 29 Deal Jim Doyle 68 Sittingbourne
Vincent Goodman 70 Deal Michael Hall 67 Hythe
Ray Jones 75 Broadstairs Florence Paige   Herne Bay
Blue Taylor 55 Kettering      
Allen Adshead 57 Deal Trevor Attwood 56 Deal
Bob Baker 64 Deal Dennis Brown 73 York
Steve Castle 44 Herne Bay Frank Coleman 77 Bournemouth
Taff Cox 55 Stantonbury Keith Davies 55 Dover
Andrew Deacon 53 Margate Keith Deary 60 Folkestone
Steve Misson 62 Deal Andy Mytum 59 Broadstairs
Mark Pavey 46 Sittingbourne Doug Powell 67 Deal
Andy Rowett 45 Walderslade Mike Scurfield 51 Deal
Paul Singleton 61 Maidenhead John Whelton 64 Ipswich
Peter Worsfold 79 Deal Pete Yetman 65 Gosport
Ginge Chamberlain 62 Australia Paul Coker 48 Hindhead
George Croxford 74 Tankerton Mick Eastbrook 59 Deal
Jim Hadley 77 Lee on Solent Graham Harvey 56 Deal
Alick Harwood 55 Whitstable Len Ingram 77 Deal
Philip Kinsey 55 Gillingham Taff Lambert 66 S. Glamorgan
Thomas Mailey 61 Portsmouth John Press 79 Seaford
Jackie Semple 59 Carrickfergus Barry Shucksmith 68 Portsmouth
Pete Westaway 69 Par      
Bass Trombone          
Ted Drake 67 Chelmsford Albert Hill 63 Stockport
Alan Howard 64 Dover Trog Tremaine 58 Buckingham
Willie Wardle 68 Folkestone      
Richard Baker 64 Deal Dave Burridge 55 Sandwich
Michael Hutton 72 Newbury Hedley Lock 65 Seaford
Edwin Musquetier 60 Holland Don Peerless 68 Folkestone
Barry Radofrd 65 Meols Paul Slator 44 Yeovil
Ian Butterworth 60 Erith Derrick Clark 48 Mansfield
David Cole 57 Deal Paul Collett 60 Sutton
Albert Hall 75 Gosport Ronald Maggs 77 Tunbridge Wells
David Mutter 60 Canterbury Laurie Pacy 70 Gosport
Paul Richardson 52 Deal      
String Bass          
Pip Baily 53 Salisbury Richard Wright 64 Higham Ferrers
John Collison 65 Deal Russ Davies 58 Plymouth
Pip Fairchild 63 Ramsgate Ollie Hollingworth 55 Fernhill Heath
Dennis Marsh 57 Ramsgate Brian Short 49 Deal
Alan Webb 57 Deal David White 57 Deal
John White-Sansom 73 Nottingham      

Glorious Victory
W.M. Kendall
The Late Twenties
Trevor Sharpe
Featuring the Trumpets
Bugler's Holiday
Leroy Anderson
Tribute to Irving Berlin
arr. Warren Barker
Featuring the Clarinets
Clarinet Candy
Leroy Anderson
Richard Rodgers
Tribute march
Royal Salute
Richard Waterer
Concert piece
Toccata for Band
Frank E rickson
Film themes
Cartoon Express
arr. Les Taylor
Featuring the Trombones
Three Jolly Tromboners
Leo Stanley
Featuring the Percussion section
Drumbeat Jamboree
Paul Yoder
Songs of the Forties
arr. Paul Neville
Vocalist: Mike Scurfield
Richard Wagner
Royal Navy March Past
Heart of Oak
Regimental March of HM Royal Marines
A Life on the Ocean Wave

The All Stars Band of Ex-Royal Marines musicians under the direction of
Lieutenant Colonel Paul Neville OBE MVO FRAM

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