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Armed Forces Day - 26/07/09

Sunday 26th July 2009 saw the Isle of Man’s first Armed Forces Day, the successor to Veteran’s Day. This was one of the rare occasions where members from various brass bands on the island are able to come together and play as a group.

It started with a parade of up to 500 people consisting of current and ex-servicemen and women, members of the island’s ex-service associations, as well as children from the island’s secondary schools, and was led by 40 members from 5 of the island’s brass bands. The bands taking part were

Castletown Metropolitan Silver Band Manx Concert Brass Manx Youth Band Ramsey Town Band Rushen Silver Band Salvation Army

The parade set off at 3.15pm from Regent Street in Douglas and made its way along the promenade to the Villa Marina. During the march the bands played the marches Death or Glory, Starlake and Standard of St George.

This was then followed by a church service in the Royal Hall with music accompaniment provided by Manx Concert Brass and Manx Youth Band.

Once the service had finished, the members of the marching band were joined by more members from Manx Concert Brass and provided a concert for the attendees in the Royal Hall. The band was conducted for the first 2 pieces by Colin Rigg from the Salvation Army and then Jim Crebbin from Rushen Silver Band took over to conduct the rest of the concert.

The programme was

Amsterdam Citadel

Victors Acclaimed

Keep Smiling Through

St Louis Blues

Aces High

Instant Concert

Death or Glory

Men of Harlech

Hootenany

Ellan Vannin

Unfortunately, during the playing of Hootenany, the fire alarms were activated and the audience and band had to leave the building. However, just like on the Titannic, the band played on (for a few minutes anyway) but weren’t able to finish the piece.

The evening entertainment continued afterwards with music provided by The Comets and by the Isle of Man Swing Band.

Report by Brian Osborn - 12/08/09

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