On Wednesday 11th September, the band played in St Margaret’s, a large 12th century church next to Westminster Abbey.
Guest conductor Billy Fletcher led the band through an extended set consisting of a variety of music, from traditional marches through to modern pop .
The fantastic acoustics and the large and extremely appreciative audience made this a very enjoyable day for the band.
The band made its debut appearance at the Alexandra Park bandstand in Windsor on 31st August and the location couldn’t be better – with views of both the castle and the river. Opened in 2016 by the Queen, this bandstand must be one of the newest around and replaces a derelict one that was removed over 30 years ago!
Musical Director Steven Williams chose a wide variety of music for the program and opened with Entry of the Gladiators (Julius Fucik). Other music included Be A Clown (Cole Porter arr. Alan Fernie) and The Best of Abba (Anderson & Ulvaeus arr. Bernaerts), as well as a number of pieces that featured particular instruments including Pie Jesu (Webber arr. R. Steadman-Allen) with Stephanie on Soprano and Mat Baker on cornet.
The concert concluded with the epic Starbust (Dan Price).
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.