It’s a hundred years this year since the march ‘Colonel Bogey’ was composed by Kenneth J Alford and 350 years since the first Royal Marines regiment was formed. Both these important dates in musical and military history were celebrated at this year’s annual band concert conducted by the School Bandmaster, Roger Jones.
The concert, in its 21st year, featured many other pieces including Richard Rodgers’ evocative music to ‘Slaughter on Tenth Avenue’ and music from the stage shows ‘Miss Saigon’ and ‘Chicago’. There were also solo items by oboist Henry Doe in ‘The Watermill’ by Ronald Binge and Russell Farrer all dressed up in a safari outfit singing Noel Coward’s ‘Mad Dogs and Englishmen’.
The School Jazz Band, directed by brass teacher David Bolton, contributed three swinging numbers and the concert concluded with the ever popular Corps of Drums joining the band on stage to give a rousing finale to a large and enthusiastic audience.