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A fine display from naval service band

By Somerset Guardian  |  Posted: March 21, 2013

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Once again the Royal Marines Band Service visited Frome for their annual concert at the Memorial Theatre, promoted by the Frome branch of the Royal Naval Association.

This year the service was represented by Plymouth Command band based at HMS Raleigh under its director of music Captain Richard Long.

The programme demonstrated the ability of the musicians with a selection of diverse pieces that entertained a full house commencing with Fanfare of the Daffodils by Gareth Wood, moving onto the march HMS Ocean and the Dambusters March.

The exciting overture Zampa by Louis Herold was then followed by the first solo of the evening In Ireland played by Sarah Tams on the flute.

Next another solo Harlequin played on the euphonium by Adrian Higginson which must be the first euphonium solo heard in Frome.

Another first was a young musician from Frome, Emily Hill who was invited join the band for the concert, an experience she will always remember.

Band Corporal Eleanor Wilson completed the trio of solos with her rendering of Ave Maria on the oboe and a medley by Marvin Hamlisch, full of familiar music that can't be remembered until the composer's name is mentioned which is normally followed by "oh of course", this brought the first half to a close.

The Big Band section opened the second half with the fantastic foot tapping American Patrol before the whole band moved into classical mode with Tchaikovsky's Cappriccio Itallien. Watson's Time for More moved the concert towards the finale starting with the evening hymn Abide with Me, then Sunset with the lowering of the colours by sea cadets from TS Achilles before a rousing Rule Britannia and Life on the Ocean Wave.

The audience left the theatre full of praise for the band and showed their thanks by donating £540 towards the purchase of a replacement minibus for TS Achilles the Sea Cadet Unit in Trowbridge.

The branch meets at the Frome Rugby Club on the third Thursday of the month at 7.30pm.

For more details call 01373 462471 or visit www.royal-naval-association.co.uk.

Mike King

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