The Cobham Band is very sad to hear that one of its former Musical Directors, David Ruel, passed away on Monday 22nd April 2019.
David was a very dedicated and passionate member of the brass band community and had conducted many bands in his musical career. He joined Cobham Band in 2003 and progressed the band through 8 years of leadership. During his tenure the band performed many varied and interesting concerts including some with IP Brass and Nidaros band from Norway.
David also regularly helped the band by guest conducting and last rehearsed with the band just a few weeks ago.
David was current Musical Director for Reading Band where more information can be found.
Our thoughts are with the family at this very difficult time.
‘The Best of Brass’ was the theme for a concert at the Vera Fletcher Hall in Thames Ditton on the 23rd of February, the first engagement of the year.
The audience and band had an enjoyable evening with some very well known brass music as well as other popular pieces that fitted the ‘Best of’ theme.
Entry of the Gladiators started the show which also included Hey Jude, The Floral Dance and All through the night.
Soloists were :
- Mat Baker on Cornet playing Trumpeter’s Lullaby
- John Wilde on Baritone playing Rusalka’s Song to the Moon
- Stephanie Scholes on Soprano Cornet playing Intermezzo from Cavaleria Rusticana
Special thanks go to Billy Fletcher who was guest conductor for the evening.
The Cobham Band entered the scaba Solo and Quartet Contest which were held in Burgess Hill on 19th January.
Mat Baker, Beryl McMillan, Richard Everett and Stephanie Scholes entered the 3rd and 4th sections and came away with a cup and certificates!