St Erth band looks back on a year
A YEAR of firsts is being celebrated by the St Erth Concert Band as it looks back on 2012.
New members, a CD, and a performance at the village's diamond jubilee celebrations were all firsts for the musical group.
Secretary Sylvia Yarwood said that in August the band had celebrated the 80th birthday of its oldest member, Raymond Atkins, who plays first trombone.
It also welcomed its youngest member Emma Keskeys, 11, who passed her Grade 4 with merit in March.
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She then began working on the syllabus for Grade 5 and one of the pieces was the Victorian Kitchen Garden Suite.
The concert band arrangement was purchased and Summer from the suite became Emma's solo with the band at the summer engagements.
In September at the annual meeting, 27-year-old Louise Bearman became the youngest to be elected to the post of chairman, while Eb tuba player Peter Callaghan was given the achievement award.
He lives in Somerset and was awarded the cup for doing a 300-mile round trip to attend rehearsals and engagements on a regular basis.
Rehearsals are held in the St Erth Methodist Church Hall on Tuesdays, from 7.30pm to 9.30pm.
Ms Yarwood said the band was always happy to welcome new players.
Call musical director, George Lawry, on 01736 755512 for more information.