We were honoured to be part of the Commemorative Centenary & Sunset Ceremony, even playing the piece “Sunset” with sea scout and air cadet buglers. There were standards paraded and various tents exhibiting military information with quite a lot of people in uniform old and modern for the occasion. As well as our regular repertoire of marches and swing tunes we played a sing-along 1914 medley (Tipperary, Hello Who’s Your Lady Friend and Take Me Back to Blighty). There were also hymns and specially chosen music for each type of military (Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines did feature!)
There was a brilliant turnout of audience, thanks no doubt to the beautiful Summer weather – in fact some of the band enjoyed ice-cream during the brief interval.
Thankfully the medieval Tithe Barn was available for us to relocate from our usual position near the school as the rain fell steadily throughout the day. It was certainly unusual to play with sand underfoot and under the old beams with occasional birds flying through but we had a steady audience seeking refuge and enjoying our tunes.
We were delighted as always to play in Chippenham at the bandstand in John Coles Park. Despite one downpour of rain, for which the audience was well prepared, the afternoon went very well indeed. Pieces we played included a Star Wars medley, Fly Me To The Moon and Hawai 5-0.