It is with great sadness that we report the promotion to glory of John Hill, a loyal and long-serving member of the band. John joined the band in 1964 playing flugel horn for over 20 years before moving to tenor horn for a further 15. During this time he also served as a hard working and highly efficient band secretary and librarian. John retired from the band in 2001 but continued to play when required until earlier this year when illness prevented him from doing so. His father and two sons have also been members of the band over the years. His service has touched and influenced many lives and he will be sadly missed. Our thoughts are with Glenys, Richard, Andrew, Jo and the wider family at this time.
Congratulations are due to Bandmaster Jonathan Corry on his engagement to Louisa Hampel, from Chelmsford Corps. Jonathan and Louisa are planning a summer wedding next year and we wish them well for a happy future together.
Scott Garman has left the band having moved to Watford.
It is with sadness that we record the promotion to glory of Dick Edwards. Dick was a stalwart of the band in the 1950s, 60s and 70s, serving as principal euphonium for a large part of this time.
20 years ago this month, the band undertook a coast to coast tour of the United States. The band visited all four USA territories playing in major centres including New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Dallas and Atlanta and even performing for Mickey Mouse at Disneyland, California. Click on the picture to view the brochure produced for this tour.
Deputy Bandmaster Andrew Justice is featured in the latest issue of The Trombonist, the magazine of the British Trombone Society. Click here to view a copy of the article.
Congratulations to Alexander Price (pictured right) who has gained a place at the University of Manchester to study for a Masters degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. We wish Alexander well and look forward to seeing him back with the band when his studies allow.
There have been a number of seat changes in the band during the summer. Richard Hill has moved from 1st Baritone to 1st Horn. James Shepherd has moved from 2nd Baritone to 1st Baritone.
Bandmaster Jonathan Corry has completed a charity motorbike ride from John O’Groats to Land’s End in aid of Riders for Health and Action Africa, a charity group working for and supporting the Salvation Army’s Chikankata mission. More information is available from the Quickly Run website and the Salvationist report.
30 years ago this month, the band undertook a groundbreaking tour to Australia and New Zealand. This was the first visit by a corps band to Australasia and lasted a full 30 days. The tour included concerts in Auckland, Wellington, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne as well as supporting General Arnold Brown at the Centenary Congress in Adelaide. Click on the links to view the Tour itinerary and personnel list and Tour diary.
We are pleased to welcome Jonathan Cooke back into the band. Jonathan has returned to the band following a change in his work circumstances and has taken up a place on Bb Bass.
We are pleased to welcome Scott Garman back into the band. Scott has recently returned from the USA where he has been working as a Regional Music Director in the Greater New York Division. Scott has joined the solo cornet section.
Ralph Brill has left the band following six years valuable service as principal cornet. Ralph has recently been appointed as Band Serjeant Major of the Band of Her Majesty’s Scots Guards and his military duties prevent him from continuing with the band. Maurice Patterson has taken over as principal cornet.
We are pleased to welcome Garry Ambrose back into the band. Garry first joined the band in 1974 and served for 30 years before standing down in 2004. Garry returns to play Bb bass.
Congratulations are due to Tim Hynd on his engagement to Lyndsey Adams, from Castleford Corps. Tim and Lyndsey are planning to marry in the early part of next year and we wish them well for a happy future together.