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15/08/2014 - July 2014 Band News

Recent weeks have seen three events worthy of note. On Sunday 30th June the band made the first of two appearances this summer in Happy Mount Park, Morecambe. Over the years during which we have played there, we have had some very wet days indeed, I remember one occasion when the sun shone as we set up ready to play, only for the heavens to open five minutes before the off, wetting all our music through. This year was different, as the sun shone throughout and it was a glorious afternoon, which was reflected in the attendance of many people who came to listen. An entertaining programme of music included solos from Andy Hall and Jen Ormerod. The crowd contributed generously to our collection making the afternoon both pleasurable and successful.

On Saturday 12th July we were double booked, appearing at a wedding and at Preesall Gala on the same day. The wedding, at St Oswald's, was that of Gary MacGowan who is a member of the band. Unfortunately Gary was unable to play his tenor horn on the day for obvious reasons, but he did take part by playing "On Wings of Song" on the flute during the service, accompanied by the band. Gary is a competent flautist having played in bands in Northern Ireland, as is his daughter, who played a solo by CPE Bach during the proceedings.

After the wedding it was a mad dash to Knott End to take our place in the Gala procession. The day was very hot, the pace very slow and it was a rather tired band which finally arrived at the sports field for the crowning ceremony. A special mention should be made at this point of all those players who come to help out when our own members cannot make it for one reason or another. We owe a debt of gratitude to them all, but one gentleman deserves a special mention for this day in particular. We were without a euphonium player for both jobs and good friend of the band Steve Tarry stepped in to help. Now Steve's instrument is the cornet yet, with only two rehearsals he did a magnificent job, including marching round the Gala route complete with euphonium.

We shall be making another appearance at Happy Mount Park on Sunday 17th August so here's hoping for a fine day.


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