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Christmas concerts

The start of December always marks the Band’s ‘run up’ to Christmas with their annual Christmas Concert series in the Tela Theatre, Deepcut.

In our new role as a Multi Capability Band (MCB) it was time to show the festive seeking audience just what we can do on our ‘home turf’.

After the National Anthem the Band ‘lulled’ the audience into a false sense of security with the opening bars of Bizet’s Farandole from the L’Arlesienne Suite before ‘exploding’ into Three Kings Swing by Himes.

The audience then had their chance to shine with the carol Hark the Herald before our very own stars, Sergeant John Storey and Lance Corporal Johnny Sproule stepped up to ‘wow’ them with the Euphonium Duet Two Part Invention by Sparke.

Ian McElligot’s arrangement Christmas in which he puts together some different festive pieces kept the audience captivated before Lance Corporal Emma Lloyd appeared in front of the Band to sing Somewhere Over the Rainbow and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.

The Royal Logistic Corps’ Corps of Drums made their first appearance in the concert with Carol of the Drum complete with drill manoeuvres. Bulla’s arrangement of Sinatra hits, Sinatra! and Tatgenhorst’s Joy to the World took the concert to it’s interval.

After a shuffle of seats during the interval the Big Band opened the second half with four numbers: Dancing Men, Lance Corporal Paul Dove’s brilliant sax solo of When I fall in Love, Musician Alexander Kavell’s charismatic vocal performance of Mack the Knife and Lance Corporal Emma Lloyd returning to sing Winter Wonderland.

Then it was time for something different to really show off our multi capability status, having won a prize for their performance at the World Famous Notting Hill Carnival the Band’s steel pan ensemble then fronted the Band to lead the audience in Calypso Carol and Mary’s Boy Child. Keeping the audience participation going it was then time for two ‘willing volunteers’ to help the show band with visual aids for the Twelve Days of Christmas by holding up picture cards for the rest of the audience to see.

The ‘volunteers’ returned to their seats slightly breathless before the Corps of Drums returned to the stage to take the rest of it away when they joined with the Band to perform Baroque ‘n’ Roll complete with a black light display. The finale sequence of the concert was Mashima’s arrangement of It Don’t Mean a Thing before the Band’s memorial to the First World War with McElligot’s See Amid the Winter Snow which has Last Post cleverly interweaved throughout. The concert finished in traditional fashion with the marches of the Corps of Army Music (CAMUS), the Music Makers and the Royal Logistic Corps, On Parade.

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