The concert in Yeovil on Sunday 2nd March saw Captain David Cole return to take up the baton for the Royal Marines’ Association Concert Band. Bringing his inimitable energy to the stage, the audience was transported back in part to a period of wartime nostalgia through the aptly chosen march Take Me Back to Dear Old Blighty and shortly after, a medley of First World War songs from the trenches.
As well as the popular return of regular band soloists Jon Yates BEM (trumpet), Elaine Coker (oboe) and Ian Thomas (tenor saxophone), the band was joined by the Yeovilton Military Wives Choir, who introduced and performed two generous sets.
When David returned in the second half he brought plenty to keep the audience busy too – coaxing the capacity hall through the requisite whistling part in the River Kwai March and choosing the time-honoured tribute to the Beatles Echoes of an Era for his finale.
Hasten now to catch the band, when they next perform at their home venue, the Royal Marines Museum in Southsea on Thursday 15th May. For tickets contact the box office on 02392-819385.