When The Royal Marines Association Concert Band came to the seaside resort of Bognor Regis, what more fitting programme could be chosen than a patriotic, toe-tapping and flag-waving Last Night of the Proms-style performance.
The first half included the Colonel Bogey march and a selection of songs from the ever-popular musical, Oliver as well as a number of excellent solo features. Former bandmaster on the Royal Yacht Britannia, clarinettist Dave Bromley impressed the sizeable audience with his rendition of the cleverly arranged jazz-style standard Puttin’ on The Marmalade, which also featured Rodney Preston on violin. Jonathan Yates, (BEM) performed his own arrangement of Rag Polka and the popular multi West-End credited soprano, Amanda Goldthorpe- Hall joined the band in two spectacular numbers; Nessun Dorma and the fitting selection, Songs That Won The War.
After the interval the toe-tapping, sing-along theme continued with an energetic arrangement of BBC Sports Themes and a selection of songs from My Fair Lady. In spectacular finale-fashion, the audience were called upon to raise their flags as an abundant selection of favourites followed including The Dambusters March, Hornpipe, Jerusalem and Britannic Salute. This concert “raised the roof” at the Alexandra Theatre, definitely ‘hitting the mark’ for those who came from the feedback that followed.