‘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!
The band returned to the Menuhin Hall for the annual Autumn Concert on October 27th with a theme of Brass from Around the World.
Starting in the UK with the march British Grenadiers, the band travelled to many places including the Caribbean (Jamaican Rumba), New Zealand (Hine Hine), Africa (Zambezi) and Italy (O Sole Mio).
A raffle was held during the event to raise money in aid of Parkinsons UK and Cancer Research, the charities that the band have chosen to support for the year ahead.
During the evening the award for the Bandsman of the year was presented to Principal Cornet player Mat Baker