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Tynwald Day

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July 5th is Tynwald Day in the Isle of Man, the Island’s national day, and was celebrated in usual fashion with a day full of events at Tynwald Hill, St Johns, in the centre of the island.

This included various musical groups, Manx dancing and the visit of a military band from the UK. This year was the turn of the world famous Band of HM Royal Marines, who led the parade of the Guard of Honour in the morning, and then performed Beating Retreat in the evening.

As in previous years, our band took part in the Tynwald Day celebrations, performing in St Johns Old School playground at 7pm, just before the Marines came on to Beat the Retreat.

Our programme consisted of a mixture of Manx music, arranged by ex-musical directors of the band,

Manx Land arranged by Tom Stuart Cubbon
Manx Airs 1 and 2 arranged by Major J E ‘Tommy’ Thirtle

and other light entertainment pieces, such as

Wild Mountain Thyme (cornet solo by Brian Osborn)
Wind Beneath My Wings
Come Follow the Band
Softly As I Leave You (euphonium solo by Pat Collins)

A sizeable audience enjoyed the programme and then made their way to the fairfield to watch the Marines.

Report by Brian Osborn 16/10/2010

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