The band were delighted to visit Bristol Easton last evening as part of our 125th anniversary celebrations. We were made to feel very welcome from the moment we arrived. Special mention has to be made of a superb and greatly appreciated welcome meal.
The band were led by Bandmaster Don Jenkins who was making a return trip to a corps and a band that he led with distinction for many years. With a CD recording project to raise funds for the Clarence Adoo Trust John Ward, who is leading this project, also joined with the band for 3 of the Eric Ball works in the programme. The SA Bandsman has a very good article on Clarence in its current edition. For those unable to join us, a copy of the programme is available to download here.
We were also pleased to welcome Tom Davoren (pictured here alongside BM Don Jenkins and BM Anthony Smith from Bristol Easton) to the concert and who was invited to lead the band in his own composition Living Power, which he wrote for the band’s Pre Contest Festival 2016.
We were pleased to have our CO Major Andrew Gaudion with us and to compere the programme.
Due to the absence of our own principal euphonium player, we were pleased to welcome David Daws for the evening. Earlier in the evening the home Bandmaster Anthony Smith recalled a previous visit of the band to Bristol and how David had been a cornet soloist that evening. This evening, having moved to Euphonium he delighted all with his rendition of The Better World.
Our programme, as ever, concluded with The Red Shield.