Comings and goings…

Like all organisations the Band has had its fair share of comings and goings recently. One or two have left us either on a temporary or permanent basis but fortunately we have also gained some new members.

We have just said goodbye to Rory Dyer from Colyton.  Rory joined the band many years ago as a trainee.  He was learning the trumpet at the time but he played the cornet for us and over the years became a valued member of the band.  He recently achieved excellent A level results at Colyton Grammar School and is about to begin studying engineering at Cambridge.  The band is grateful to Rory for his contribution over many years and wishes him every success with his studies.

We were very sorry to lose another band member, Roger Grose, who has decided to take a break from the band to pursue his love of singing and he has subsequently joined a local choral group.  Roger is a talented musician and has been a stalwart of the band since he joined sixteen years ago, to support his son, Daniel, who was then learning the cornet.  Roger was not only an excellent euphonium player, who performed many duets with our other euphonium player, John Warr, but he also undertook the role of Conductor, taking the band for practices from time to time and on quite a few occasions taking the baton on our summer concerts on the seafront.  Roger also served in the committee and was responsible for setting up this website and publicising our activities in the local press. We will all miss Roger not only for his playing abilities but also for his friendship.

Another band member who is not with us at the moment is Nikki Herbert, our baritone player.  Nikki, along with her Mum, Jane, has also been responsible for our training band and has helped many a young player to learn a brass instrument. Nikki has not left the band but is currently on maternity leave following the birth of her daughter, Jennifer.  Hopefully Nikki will return to us in due course but in the meantime she has her hands full!

Thankfully Jane, who also plays baritone, is still with us and is currently tutoring a young player, Amy, from Colyton, who is making good progress.  We are hoping that Amy will be able to join us to play a few carols this Christmas.

Although we have lost several valued players we have also gained three new players including Debbie Woehrle from Tatworth, near Chard.  Debbie is an experienced player who contacted us following our recruitment drive earlier this year.  She is a welcome addition to our tenor horn section.

We also have a new member in our bass section with the arrival of Robert Crabb from Kilmington.  Robert has not played for a while but joined us in time for our summer concerts and has quickly got back into the swing of things.

Finally, there is our newest member, Henry Clarke from Colyton who has recently joined us on flugel – a difficult slot to fill.  Henry has played previously with Sidmouth and also Exeter British Rail and we are delighted to have such an accomplished player in our ranks.

Vacancies still exist within the band and new players are always most welcome. Band practice takes place at the Woodmead Halls in Lyme Regis, every Tuesday evening from 7.30 pm until 9.30 pm and we would be pleased to see you.  An instrument, music, uniform, etc are all provided free of charge.

 

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