The band have had a busy but successful 2008. In March we competed in the Regional contest in Stevenage and achieved a very pleasing 5th place. Onwards and upwards! Moving on to April, we had two St. George's day parades, one in Henley and one in Wokingham. In May, we competed in the annual SCABA Entertainments Contest at the Hawth theatre in Crawley, where we were once again placed 3rd. In July 2007 we had a new annual engagement in the form of a family concert for St. Sebastian's Church. That one was wet however, so it was held in the church. A year later, we were able to hold this concert outdoors in the impressive grounds of Wellington College, Crowthorne. There was no rain this time but the clouds threatened it. Everyone did have a wonderful evening though! It wasn't all work and no play however; 2 current members and 1 now ex-member all celebrated their 40th birthday. Some of the band, along with family & friends all got together at Eversley Village Hall for a barn dance to celebrate the occasion. There was another first for the band this year as we were invited to perform for the Sulhamstead Police College Open Day in August. A most enjoyable day (if a wet one!), with an invite back next year. The band also held it's 3rd annual Mayor's Charity Concert at Wokingham Theatre in aid of the Me2 club. It raised approximately £1,000 from a full house and also saw a couple of band members receive not only the annual bandsman & musician of the year awards, but some members received awards for 10 years' service. The band had another busy December with lots of Christmas jobs. This included a sell-out Christmas Concert at Wokingham Theatre with guest conductor David Cole and another first for the band as we had a go at a fundraising evening at The Meadows Shopping Centre in Sandhurst. Unfortunately, 2008 was also the year that we lost Musical Director Andrew Porter due to work commitments & his Kneller Hall musical studies with the Army. We are delighted however to announce news, hot off the press, that Lee Woodward of The Band of The Irish Guards will take over as our new M.D. with immediate effect (more details to follow). Congratulations go to solo horn player Jen Kelland & 2nd trombone player Matt Butchers who's engagement was announced in April. Their wedding is due in July 2009. It was also welcome to new member Paul Gozzard as kit player at the end of the year. The band?s goals for 2009 include an improvement at the Stevenage Area Contest to qualify for the finals for the first time since 2005. The band have had a consistent 3rd place at the SCABA Entertainments Contest for the past few years and are also hoping to improve on this. We're also looking forward to a master class with Richard Evans and our next visit to the Whit Friday marching contests in June, having not been since 2007.