The Band played out their very last concert for 2012 in far away Bridport on Sunday 9th Dec’ and although not a capacity audience, (due to a variety of reasons this year), it was indeed a very enthusiastic one, all of whom enjoyed the “Christmassy” themes that Dave Cole had included throughout the programme.
These themes were interspersed with some of the more traditional carols which everyone visibly enjoyed singing along to!
One of the highlights of the concert was undoubtably the RM Corps Of Drums from Portsmouth’s Royal Band who made their entrance in full ceremonials to the march “Glorious Years” followed by an amazing show of their precision, drum beating skills, panache and dexterity, all of which was given a deserved and suitably resounding applause as they marched out to Kenneth J Alfords famous “On the Quarterdeck” march!
Their next appearance came for the traditional finale to follow the band’s arrangement of that beautiful hymn “Crimond.”
Audiences all over the world never tire of hearing the heart rendering bugle call and band arrangement of the magnificent piece “Sunset” which the RMB’s are famous for producing. Oddly, no matter how many times we play this piece (and for us old ‘un’s it will number in it’s 1,000’s!) one or two still get the “hairs standing on the back of their necks” as it is played out!
Congratulations to the bugles of this Corps of Drums for producing an impeccable and faultless performance of this very evocative piece.
The band then finished the concert with the traditional Royal Navy regimental march “Hearts of Oak,” the RM Commando Brigade’s very own “Sarie Marais” before the Corps of Drums exited to the famous Royal Marines’s regimental march “A Life on the Ocean Wave” – accompanied by some very enthusiastic clapping by the audience as they did so!
Just as we thought it was all over, Dave Cole decided to throw in an added extra to wrap up the concert and our year with another band arrangement of “We wish you a Merry Christmas” simply to send everyone home with a smile on their face!
I think it worked too and it was so rewarding to hear so many favourable comments as the people filed out. I think our sales of CD’s reflected that. It was also good to see so many donating their spare cash to the Royal Marines Charitble Trust Fund collection buckets as they left. We are forever grateful to those kind and generous people.
The band are now into a good long Christmas rest following our very busy year and will not meet up for rehearsal again until the January 10th at their home in the Royal Marines Museum. We will then be looking at preparing music for our next CD which is going to be strictly in the form of some very famous and not so famous classical pieces this time.
Later in the month we will no doubt look at some of the music that Dave Cole anticipates for our Concert in Worthing on Sun Feb 24th 2013.
On Thursday 13th December the band were at last able to “let their hair down” a bit when they held their annual Christmas social get together – attended by our esteemed President Admiral Sir Jock Slater and his good lady wife. We all enjoyed a good old fashioned Hog Roast, and a knees up (or perhaps a “drink up!?”)
No let up for both Eric Payne (Alto Sax) and Ian Thomas (Tenor Sax), however, as they volunteered to be our musical entertainment for the evening. Well done chaps!
Finally, below is the sort of welcome comments via Facebook that we like to see. Thank you Clare and your Mum who both attended the Bridport concert.
I came with Mum to see you in Bridport last Sunday and we both loved the performance. She said it was the best she’d ever seen. Thank you and we definitely hope to see you in 2013.