The concert at the Cresta Court hotel was an eventful one for us. We were playing for the Rotarians’ dinner, and it was Stephen’s last event with us and Ken’s first.
The band played a selection of music including some Glen Miller, some well-known marches, a well-loved piece by Vaughan Williams (English Folk Song suite for those who are interested) and some “last night of the proms” music which of course included the hornpipe.
We said a fond farewell to Stephen who has left us now to pursue his brand new career as an army musician. We wish him all the best – he can call on us for a reference any time – and of course he will be welcome in our bandroom at any time. We are expecting photographs of you with your new band, Stephen! Stephen and the band grew together and produced performances to be proud of.
Stephen has officially handed over to Ken Hamnett, who has been taking the band on Tuesdays for a little while now, and has already started to put his stamp on the band. Ken, aged 77, has a wealth of experience in different bands, having started out in the army as a percussionist. We are keen to get down to business with him now and build on the work that has already begun.
Ken’s first “solo” with us will be on 17th June at Capesthorne Hall, during the Cheshire Bazaar event. We’ll be playing in the grounds. Come and say hello!