Our concert on Sunday involved a further return to the Alexandra at Bognor, a friendly but rather hot theatre if even there was one: poor ventilation, exacerbated by a near capacity audience of over 300. As we had two concerts that afternoon/evening we were anxious not to get too exhausted during the first one, nevertheless we started with the ever popular Ward-Higgs march Sussex By The Sea which set us off on exactly the right foot as far as this audience was concerned. Then it was our usual tour de force of Light Cavalry, Gabriel’s Oboe (Elaine Coker oboe), David Moor’s lovely little arrangement of Puttin’ on the Ritz, Jon Yates’s This Guy’s in Love with You (huge applause), Les Miserables and a couple of other pieces to complete the first half.
In the second half Ian Thomas (tenor sax) and Derek Usher (panther) tried a new solution for Henry Mancini’s Pink Panther Theme, which worked really well and we then added two new pieces: the lovely Cole Porter Portrait, and Leroy Anderson’s equally beautiful work The Girl I Left Behind Me. Also of special mention was our trumpet trio of Jon Yates, Alan Flood and Roger Hammond with Buglers Holiday, and the magnificent John Williams’ composition Hymn To The Fallen (from the film ‘Saving Private Ryan’). Then, following our finale with David Cole’s magnificent James Bond 007 arrangement it was back on the coach to head for our nest gig in Petersfield.