Another sell-out audience welcomed the Royal Marines Association Concert band to the intimate yet acoustically pleasing Berry Theatre in Hedge End. Following the success of his debut with the band in Worthing earlier in the month, Bd Sgt David Johnson once again took the baton, ably stepping in to deputise for Capt David Cole. Indeed once again there were many highlights to savour! Energetic musical precision was achieved through the Light Cavalry Overture but elegantly contrasted by the serene beauty of the popular Welsh tune All Through the Night. Next, the Big Band Spectacular arranged by Mac McDermott aptly provided a showcase for soloists and solo sections across the band.
Regular soloists Jon Yates BEM (trumpet), Elaine Coker (oboe) and Steve Tanner (piccolo) featured in their own right and this time were joined by Ian Thomas (tenor saxophone). Producing the perfect tone quality to create the air of mystery and surprise demanded from the Pink Panther theme, Ian was joined by a larger than life Pink Panther on stage and the surprise appearance of Inspector Clouseau, darting amongst the audience. This and Bd Sgt Johnson’s now trademark finale combining drama and tradition with a little humour and audience participation sees the band’s next concert venue, the Octagon Theatre, Yeovil predictably full to capacity.
This really is a thriving band going from strength to strength so make it a ‘must-do’ to get tickets in time to catch them at least once at one of their other venues – check the events list for details!