The first concert of 2018 took place in The Vera Fletcher Hall in Thames Ditton on 24th February.
With a theme of 50s, 60s, 70s, it featured a broad mix of music styles from the period and opened with At the Sound of the Swinging Cymbal which is perhaps better known as the theme tune from 1960s music show Pick of the Pops.
Other music included selections by Buddy Holly, The Beatles, Cliff Richard and songs Cant take my eyes off you and YMCA.
As usual the band sold raffle tickets with proceeds being shared with the bands nominated charity which this year is The Rainbow Trust.
The band always plays carols during December to raise funds and for it’s chosen charity which this year is The Rainbow Trust.
This year the band braved the very cold weather and played in Cobham High Street multiple times and also in Cobham service station.
In addition, a Christmas concert was held in St Matthews Church in Surbiton where the music played included In The Bleak Mid Winter, Marys Boy Child and Schneewalzer
To mark the end of a busy year and the remarkable service of Band Secretary Pat Steele, the band held a Christmas meal at The Fairmile in Cobham.
Speeches were made by Chairman Tim Lovett and Secretary Pat Steele. Pat has retired after 30+ years and described how she has seen the band change over the years and the successes and challenges it has faced. Secretary duties have now been handed over to Stephanie Scholes.
In addition to the traditional Christmas Fayre, each member was asked to submit the oldest photograph of themselves for a competition of ‘guess who’ – some people were instantly recognizable but others were a little more difficult. Other competitions included a brass band quiz, guess the composer and guess the object. Overall winners were two of the back rows cornets, Christian and Dan Barnes and the prize was (appropriately) a musical instrument although of the childrens variety.