Another Successful Summer Season

Another successful season of the band’s summer concerts on Marine Parade came to an end last week. Since the end of June, the band have played some thirteen concerts to enthusiastic and appreciative audiences, who have enjoyed a wide selection of music, conducted by Brian Scott and Roger Grose. For the final concert, conductor Brian skilfully blended the season’s soloists together with band members’ top seven favourite pieces. A large crowd were entertained by the countdown to the band’s number one choice, Queen’s ‘Crazy little thing called love’. Following this, the crowd linked arms for the singing of ‘Auld Lang Syne’, bringing both the evening and the season to a fitting end.

During the summer season, two innovations during Sunday afternoon concerts saw well-known local duo Roy Wooton and Rob Cross entertain during the interval and the band play host to the Ottery St Mary Silver Band in a joint concert. Also, for the first time, Tuesday evening concerts were compered by local resident, Nigel Ball. Commenting on the concerts, Brian Scott said, ‘it has been a very busy and successful season for the band, with only one concert rained off! We are really grateful to all those who have supported us in so many ways – our regular loyal supporters, collectors and particularly Nigel Ball and Alan Vian’.

New (and old) members are always welcome and by way of encouragement, the band are holding an Open Rehearsal on Tuesday 22nd September, from 7.30 p.m. at the Woodmead Halls. Visitors will be able to try a range of instruments and to watch the band in rehearsal. Full details will be available shortly, so watch this space!


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