“New Musical Director and a lot of new music, good performance with one or two mistakes” The words of Terry Clifford as he reflected on his first performance as Musical Director of Rother Vale Community Band.
He could have added new players to list as well. The band have welcomed a number of new faces to its ranks.
Two members that perhaps attract a special mention are Tania Oldham and Laura Folkes. Tania is someone who has returned to brass banding after an 18 year gap. She has slotted onto back row of the cornet section with some aplomb! Laura joins the ranks alongside brother Ben and Mum Melanie and has taken to the tenor horn with great gusto!
Final mention of the newcomers is Jessica Boynton. Jess plays for Maltby Welfare Band on the back row of the cornet section. She is enjoying the extra responsibility of sitting second man for the band and broadening her experience. This is the great thing about
Rother Vale Band. It offers something for any player.
The programme? Almost forgot that! New material included Mango Tango, City Limits – a very nice march, Amazing Grace and Pirates of the Caribbean. The old favourites of Amarillo and Andrew Stevenson’s excellent Procession cheered the assembled audience which, for quite a chilly October Morning, was quite substantial. The was also the sight of the Mayor of Rotherham tapping her foot along with the band!