The Oxted Band’s Spring concert on April 25 was a very fine tribute to the band’s outgoing Musical Director, Martin Beaumont. The concert took place at St John’s Church, Hurst Green and featured a varied programme of brass band favourites, show tunes, arrangements of orchestral works, and popular songs. The theme of the concert was “Stars of Oxted Band” - a showcase for the band's talented soloists.
Performances included the solo debut of Tomas Stofberg who displayed amazing dexterity on the Eb bass in "The Sun has got his hat on'. Ben Hicks (euphonium), Dave Relf (baritone) and Gordon Kelly (flugel horn) also presented solo pieces whilst the brilliant virtuoso cornet playing of Kevin Adams, Dave Hicks and Gordon Kelly was demonstrated in the ever popular "Buglers’ Holiday". The audience also enjoyed lively ensemble pieces performed by the Band and also the Training Band who demonstrated their excellent musicianship in a boisterous rendition of 'What shall we do with the drunken sailor'!
Mr Beaumont, who has moved from the area, was deeply touched by the Band's tribute to him, which included an impromptu performance of 'For he's a jolly good fellow'!
The concert launched the start of Oxted Band's summer season, during which the band will play around the area - at Woldingham, Bletchingly, Sevenoaks, Hurst Green - and the famous Eastbourne Bandstand.
The Oxted Band’s excellent reputation for playing music for all tastes to a very high standard and for encouraging amateur brass instrument players to develop their musicianship through regularly performing is well deserved. It always welcomes new players whether experienced musicians or complete beginners.