What a privilege too for the band to mark the 85th Birthday of our regular Bass player Albert Hall – still playing as well as ever – and at the same time the band celebrated the 90th Birthday of a loyal supporter in the audience too as they played out the traditional Happy Birthday to both .
Into the second half, another tribute and who better to devote the band’s playing of Tony Smallwood’s ‘s own march, Victory in Europe followed by Hymn To the Fallen to a special audience member for the evening, 95 year old Normandy D Day Veteran John Jenkins MBE. A deserved round of applause followed!
The Finale this time featured a regular in the clarinet section, Rodney Preston, who displayed his multi-instrumental skills, when he changed from his clarinet to violin where he lead an energetic and exuberant Hornpipe. This lead to plentiful further flag-waving opportunities for an audience now in full voice showing their true commemorative St George’s Day spirit as they sang along to the famous pairing of Rule Britannia and Elgar’s Land of Hope and Glory!
The band next plays on Saturday 9th May in a concert at HMS Victory, Portsmouth to mark 250 years since the launch of this magnificent warship.