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.
The band returned to Westminster Abbey Gardens on July 19th to play in the “Brass On The Grass” series of concerts.
Music played included The Long Day Closes, Sinatra In Concert, Breezin’Down Broadway and Hello Dolly. Soloists included Matt Baker on cornet.