The band had a busy festive season, playing carols in a number of High Streets, at private houses and shopping centres. Although not as cold as last year, the players wore the band fleece to keep warm. The number of players at the venues varied from seven to a full band.
A Christmas Concert was also performed, held at the Village Hall in Cobham. Amongst the music played were Sleigh Ride, A Christmas Festival and Sleep.
The band collected money while playing at the events and a proportion of it will be given to the Princess Alice Hospice, the charity that the band is supporting in 2011.
The band played at the prestigious Menuhin Hall for it’s annual Autumn Concert on the 29th October. The theme of the night was ‘Music from the Screen’ and featured, amongst others, music from Superman, Jurrasic Park, Saving Private Ryan and Pirates of the Caribbean.
Guest soloist was Lucy Gibbs from the Arioso Orchestra in London who played the oboe in Gabriel’s Oboe and Hetty Wainthropp Investigates.
One of the bands percussionists, Julie Beaven, played an unusual instrument – the Hammered Dulcimer. The origins of this instrument are said to date back over 2000 years and it is a forerunner of the modern piano. Julie played a solo in Braveheart and a composition of Some Enchanted Evening. It is believed that this is the first time this instrument has been played in collaboration with a brass band.
The bandsman of the year award was presented to Darren Abbott