Busy weekend


The weekend of the 18th/19th May was a busy one for the band, with an evening concert at Cobham Village Hall on the Saturday and a morning contest at the Hawth Theatre in Crawley on the Sunday.

The theme for the concert was ‘Music from the Med’ and featured music from that area although there were slight detours through Devon, Chicago and Moscow! Solos included cornets playing Bugler’s Holiday, flugel playing Concerto De Aranjuez and percussion playing Drummer’s Delight. A comic feature saw the trombones playing The Bold Gendarmes complete with policemen helmets and swigging from (empty) beer bottles!

The Entertainment Contest consisted of four pieces of music. Points are awarded for (amongst others) deportment, entertainment value, quality of playing and also whther the programme of music is completed within a certain timescale. We left with a prize – The Charles Bushell Memorial Trophy, for the Highest Unplaced 3rd Section band.

Spring contest, Crawley


The band entered the Spring scaba contest at The Hawth Theatre in Crawley on 28th April. Our Musical Director, Robin Langdon, was unable to attend the contest and we were led by Matthew Milnes for which the band is very grateful. In this contest each band is required to play two pieces, a march and a test piece. We chose Kenilworth by Edwin Firth as the march and The Shipbuilders by Peter Yorke as the test piece. Unfortunately there were no prizes this time, coming 4th in the march and 7th in the test piece.