Three wise men

We were delighted to welcome a longstanding friend of the band, David, back into the ranks on Tuesday. For some years David has taken his annual summer holiday in Lyme Regis – and he always brings his bass trombone and always joins us for a performance or two. Here he is pictured along with our regular bass trombonists Geoff and Jonathan. They made an impressive sight…and sound! Great to see you back, David.

Another longstanding band supporter is Nigel, who lives locally and very often joins us as an enthusiastic “Encore!”-urging member of the audience. This week was Nigel’s birthday – we gave him a card!

I got rhythm

A large crowd convened tonight to listen to our performance despite or perhaps because of slightly unreliable looking skies. They were an enthusiastic lot especially when David and Ellis invited participants to join in the percussion accompaniment to our rendering of Crazy Little Thing Called Love. (Another photo by Annette).

Kilmington Garden Party

There was a real village-at-its-best feel to this event in the attractive garden alongside the New Inn. Lots of families enjoyed the sunshine, ate and drank, played various games, supported all sorts of sideshows…and listened to the band.

We were lucky to have the company of a number of visiting players who had travelled some distance from the likes of Burnham on Sea to be with us….thank you to them.

Our final thanks go to Dylan, Geoff’s dog, who joined us for part of the afternoon: impeccably behaved and clearly brought up very sensibly by Geoff to be a quality music lover.

Happy Birthday, Robert

The band is often asked to play ‘Happy Birthday’ to members of our audiences and we are always more than happy to oblige. Last night on Marine Parade, however, was a bit different in that it was the turn of Robert, another (see previous post!) of our most popular and loyal young collectors. Robert was sung and played to and presented with a birthday cake on behalf of the band by Daisy, daughter of Steve, our cornet player.

The photos of Robert and Josh were taken by Josh’s mum, Annette.

RNLI Songs of Praise 2019

Another lovely sunny Sunday afternoon saw us contribute to this annual event, part of Lyme’s Lifeboat Week. Five hymns were interspersed with readings and prayers. A really striking component of the event was the standard of singing – clearly lots of people in the crowd wanted to be part of something worth listening to.

Our photograph is of Josh, one of our most reliable and popular collectors. Usually he is to be seen with one of our band buckets but here he is valiantly standing in the sun collecting for the worthy RNLI cause.

Hello, Jane

Old friend of the band Jane, who played with us until last year, paid a visit on Tuesday to our Marine Parade performance to enjoy a lovely evening of sunshine alongside the beach. She kindly sent us this photo. Best wishes to you, Ralph and Nicki and all the family – you’re all band friends!

Uplyme Show

Uplyme’s annual Horticultural Show proved a magnificent venue for our recent performance just across the border. The bowl of the valley formed by fields and woods, cottages and hillsides, a babbling stream nearby and bluest sky you could wish for was enhanced by all the fun of the fair – including cream teas all round! These photos come courtesy of Chris, one of our trainee players.

We’ve just had a lovely letter of thanks from the show chairman Robin Britton which concluded with the remark: “We were very impressed by the quality and range of music you played – certainly helped to keep the Show spirit going all afternoon.”

The final picture presented below here shows young trombonist Santi from Spain. Santi was staying a few weeks with another of our younger players and came along to play at every opportunity. We were delighted to welcome him – as we do any visiting player who asks to come along as a guest.

More from Marine Parade

Chris, one of our trainee players, has been busy with his camera. Here is a selection of views from our recent performance. In the first picture (right) you may spot two familiar faces of former members of the band – Pete, our one-time leader, and Glyn, who  used to be our drummer and who still joins us occasionally: how nice to see old friends. The last picture is of Sandra, our secretary, enjoying the music with her furry friend.

BACK ON THE PROM

The summer season kicked off this week with our first two performances on Lyme Regis’s Marine Parade. We’ll be there every Tuesday night throughout July and August plus some Sunday afternoons – see our Diary page for details.

We always enjoy playing on the prom with such friendly locals and holiday folk to entertain, with the added bonus of a backdrop of what must be one of the most superb iconic views of the Dorset coast. Sandra took these photos. The tambourine player must be one of our youngest ever audience-participation contributors who joined in with our performance of Ring! Ring! You’re never too young (or old) to come and be part of our music-making.

The Civic Service 2019

This annual church service in the parish church is attended by the Mayor and members and officials of the town council.

As in other years the band this year accompanied the hymns and the National Anthem. We always enjoy this occasion, providing as it does an opportunity to play alongside the magnificent new church organ, expertly played by Alex Davies. It is a thrilling sound to hear the combined forces of band, organ and congregation participating together in great hymns like Guide Me O Thou Great Redeemer and All People That On Earth Do Dwell.

The band also played Beethoven’s Romance, Amazing Grace and All Though the Night as voluntaries before, during and after the service.