Final Concert of the Summer Season

As ‘Auld Lang Syne’ echoed across Marine Parade last week, it signalled the end of another very successful series of summer concerts which had begun earlier than ever this year, on 10th June.

Sadly, the band’s Musical Director John Powell was unable to conduct because of illness, his deputy Roger Grose stepping in to take over conducting and compering duties. At the start of the evening’s entertainment, Roger informed the audience that this season the band had played over twenty concerts on Marine Parade, beginning with the D-Day celebrations. None had been cancelled because of poor weather.

Throughout the summer, the band had entertained large and appreciative audiences and the regular children’s spot, when youngsters were invited to come forward and join the band in playing a wide range of percussion instruments, was always well received.

Auld Lang Syne

Auld Lang Syne

During the season, several musicians on holiday in Lyme Regis played with the band. They included the Associate Musical Director of the Fairey Band, Mark Peacock and brothers David and Richard Thomas, from the City of Lichfield Concert Band. David has been a regular guest player for the last sixteen years.

Overall, collections were very encouraging and will help ensure financial security through the winter months. Band Secretary Adrian Pearson commented, ‘we have enjoyed a very good summer season, which has been greatly helped by the dry weather’.

As the evening drew to an end, Roger expressed thanks to all who had supported the band throughout the summer, particularly to their regular collectors and supporters. Following a spirited rendering of Offenbach’s ‘Can Can’, the audience were invited to link arms for the now traditional singing of ‘Auld Lang Syne’, bringing the 2014 summer concerts to an appropriate close.

Band members now return to their regular practices and are delighted that several players from the Training Band will be joining them. There are some vacancies in both bands and anyone of any age interested in joining will be warmly welcomed. Full details can be found elsewhere on this website.

                                                       FINAL GALLERY – 2014 SUMMER SEASON


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