Aldbourne Band Welcomes some New Players

Discussion in 'Bandroom News - User Submitted' started by ROBWILLIAMS, Feb 6, 2006.


    ROBWILLIAMS New Member

    Aldbourne Band is delighted to welcome some new players at the start of 2006 and has benefited greatly from long-distance relocation!

    Dave Aston, has joined from Besses O’ The Barn. Dave, who relocated with his wife Jannine from Preston to Reading last year, has recently retired from Lancashire Constabulary and will be looking after their two little girls, Dannielle who is 4 and Niamh who is only 15 months old. Between them Dave and Jannine clocked up 30 years with Besses and, during that period, they were stalwarts of the band. :clap:

    Paul Bilkey has also returned to us on Soprano. Paul originated in Cornwall, playing for Camborne, then he played for Aldbourne through the late 80’s to mid 90’s before moving further a-field with work He is currently living in Lincolnshire and commuting to Oxfordshire for work, but is relocating into the West shortly in the New Year. It has been quite a re-union, returning to the Band after 10 years, although there are many familiar faces and he has remained in frequent contact with the Band during his absence. :tup

    Further to this the Aldbourne Band also welcomes Phil Trudgeon on Percussion. Phil plays for the Royal Marines in Portsmouth under the directorship of Chris Davis. Phil started his Banding life with Camborne and recalls many fond memories of playing with them at contests including the Albert Hall finals. However with the re-location to Portsmouth the commute just proved too much. Having already made quite an impact on rehearsals the band has been impressed at his ability to ‘tickle the ivory’ on tuned percussion. :D

    The three players play their debut performances with the Band at the Yeovil Entertainment Contest and will be a boost to the Band upon returning to the Championship Section as we approach the “Regionals” on Journey to the Centre of the Earth in March and The Senior Cup on Harmony Music.

    Further details are available from the Band Web-site:

    Rob Williams
    Aldbourne Band