Following on from the celebrity encounters, when in the school orchestra we played at a fete opened by Roger Moore; I've still got his autograph (on the top of the arrangement of "Oh when the saints" that we played in his honour)
We (myself, Kate-the-Horn, StabbyJnr, McEuphie, Mrs McEuphie and random player) have just been photographed playing for the NorthWest Burma Star Association Parade. We will appear in the next issue of the Northwich Chronicle... 8)
Back in 1984 I think it was, I was co-opted into the South Yorkshire Police Band to play at RAF Finningley. Derek Ashmore was conducting and I was given a cornet and sat on 2nd man down.
A very nice young fellow called Roger Webster was sitting on principal and the rest of the band was filled in with players from Dyke and the likes.
Very scarey but a good night
On a conductors' course run by Roy Newsome, we were presented with the opportunity to conduct a band containing some well known tutors, one of whom, played a gag and totally humiliated me in front of the whole band. (I'm not saying who it was!)
I understand some tMP members 'darn sarf' saw me playing the Last Post on HMS Belfast recently on local telly. Well paid bookings and requests for autographs since have been disappointing to say the least.... ;-) :lol:
I (and others in the brass section) was also featured on a BBC Schools programme in 1982 called The Music Arcade, when the then ILEA (Inner London Education Authority) London Schools Concert Orchestra was invited to play selections from Applachian Spring and Rodeo. A brass trio was part of the series where we played a section of Buckaroo Holiday. Thank heavens it wasn't live! I can't remember how many times we had to re-take because I kept splitting! ;-) :lol:
My one abiding memory was seeing one of the presenters (a Tim somebody-or-other) jokingly stick my straight mute down the back of his trousers during rehearsals. I said to him 'That must be for the bum notes', which no one else heard but Tim, so he related the gag there and then to everybody else in the studio to get the laughs pretending it was his gag! Grrrrr!!!! ;-)
In a long and illustrous banding career I have......um not many really
I suppose playing at the Italy v Tonga Rugby World Cup match was pretty special - worthwhile just to see our (female!!) percussionists face when the Tongan players ran out!!!
Only other one really, and not strictly banding was meeting the legend that is Jim Bowen at the National Youth Festival finals (or whatever it is they call it), with my school concert band. He spoke to us all individually before we played and he really was super, smashing, great :roll: :wink: