On a murky, drizzle night, the band arrived at the lovely parish church of Grafton Underwood, a small village near Kettering, where it presented a festival/programme of music. Considering the very difficult seating arrangements, ie, not enough room, and the normal band formation out of the question, with the trombones sitting where the tenor horns usually sit, the Band presented a fine festival of music, played to the high standard that we come to expect.
Opening with the new march “Call of the Gospel” items such as “Brezzin down Broadway”, “Reflections” and “The Long cloud of Witnesses” soon followed.
The soloists as usual excelled, with Gary Rose showing his skill and dexterity with the euphonium solo “Napoli” soon to be followed by the uncle and nephew duo of Gary Fountain and Chris Hunt in the new difficult and very challenging cornet duet “Synergy”. Both items were well played and greeted with prolonged applause.
After a short interval, where excellent refreshments were served, the band played “Fill the world with music”,” The golden Pen” and the trombone ensemble “When i Survey”. The lovely setting of the hymn tune “Lavenham” which allowed L/Col Geoff Blurton to bring the bible reading.
To bring a wonderful night of music to a conclusion, the band played “Fire in The Blood” which was greeted with prolonged applause by the capacity congregation.
Many of the people gathered, expressed their gratitude to the band for such a great and blessed evening.