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On Sunday November 10th, Tyldesley Brass Band under the baton of conductor Rob Taylor gave a Remembrance Day concert at the Formby Hall, Atherton to a large and appreciative audience. In keeping with the occasion a tribute to our armed services took the form of several iconic compositions being played which included A.E.Kelly’s arrangement ‘Arnhem’, Eric Coates piece, ‘Dambusters’, Ron Goodwin’s ‘633 Squadron’ and Henry Wood’s arrangement ‘Famous British Sea Songs’ which got everyone clapping in time. The mood became more sombre as the Band gave a rendition of A.Pope’s ‘Nightfall in Camp’.
The audience were invited to join in and sing as the Band played medley’s of favourite war-time songs which were
embraced in Edrich Sieberts ‘Singalong No1’ and Darrol Barry’s arrangement of ‘Keep Smiling Through’. Darrol
is a former conductor of Tyldesley Band but now resides in Oman.
New principal cornet player Dhani Miller, currently studying for his Masters Degree at the University of Salford
gave an excellent rendition of Marshall’s ‘I Hear you Calling Me’. Judging by this performance, Dhani should be
an asset to the Band. Whilst Dhani has just arrived principal euphonium player Michael Jackson was making his
final appearance with Tyldesley after four happy years. Michael has taken up a position with Wingates Band.
Marion Baxter passed away in September of this year and was a regular supporter of Brass Band concerts,
especially at Formby Hall. Her father had conducted several local Brass Bands including Swinton, Boothstown
and Leigh Bedford. A donation was made on the late Marion’s behalf to Tyldesley Band and as a gesture of
thanks flugel horn player, Stuart Speakman, gave a fine rendition of Darrol Barry’s arrangement of the
Chris De Burgh piece ‘Lady in Red’ in dedication.
Other notable pieces featured in the concert included, Alan Fernie’s arrangement of F.Lowe’s ‘My Fair Lady’
and Denel Stephens arrangement of ‘Night Flight to Madrid’.
The concert was brought to an end with a rousing foot tapper of a march titled simply ‘1914’
The next Brass Band concert at Formby Hall will feature, once again, the ever popular Tyldesley Band delivering
its family Christmas Concert on Sunday, December 22nd. Fans please note that this is the fourth Sunday in the
month as opposed to the regular third that most concerts are held on.