One of our former Musical Directors, David Ruel, kindly returned as guest conductor for a concert in The Vera Fletcher Hall in Thames Dutton on Saturday 25th February.
The theme was Showtime and featured music from stage, film and long-standing artists. The concert opened with Breezin’ Down Broadway and included Tom Jones in concert, Zorbas Dance, Sullivan Fantasy and Finale from Faust.
A raffle was held during the evening which raised £75 for the Stoke Mandeville National Spinal Charity.
The band finished the year 2016 with a couple of Christmas concerts and Carol playing:
Concerts were held in Cobham Village Hall and St Matthews Church in Surbiton. A large selection of Christmas music was played including Stop The Cavalry, Schneewaltzer (The Snow Waltz), In The Bleak Mid Winter and The Christmas Song as well as a number of Carols with which the audience were invited to sing. A particular highlight was during the Snow Waltz when several members of the audience were actually waltzing!
Carols were played in Cobham High Street, the M25 Service Station and Brooklands shopping centre where money raised will be split between band funds and the charity of the year which is the Stoke Mandeville National Spinal Unit.
It was an early start for the band on September 25th at the scaba Autumn contest held in the Hawth Theatre, Crawley.
This annual competition requires a hymn tune and a test piece to be played by each band.
Cobham Band was on first and after playing The National Anthem, the hymn tune chosen was Grimsby and the test piece was Music For The Royal Fireworks.
Unfortunately no prizes this time but some favourable remarks from the adjudicator regarding the quality of the sound that the band produces.