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The visit of Ken and Patricia Downie

05 Oct 2008

Our band weekend this year took the form of a weekend for the musicians of the corps. An opportunity to reflect on the past and to look forward with encouragement at the future. Our guests for the weekend were Ken & Patricia Downie. The weekend commenced with a meal for the musicians of the corps and our special guests on the Friday evening. This was a new venture for the corps but it was very well supported and the evening was rounded of with words of encouragement from our special guests. I am sure that many of us who were there will find it hard to forget the piano and vocal duet presented to us by Ken & Patricia.

The Saturday morning was extremely wet but our guests took part in the Kids Club band practice and was it a great opportunity for the children to meet a real composer.
The afternoon saw some preparation time for the band and songsters along with our guests. The practices were lead by Ken & Patricia and it was good to see other people particularly composers lead their own music. A tea provided by the ladies was gratefully received followed the practices.
The evening festival was well supported by former band members and friends from other corps. Our guests featured in the festival with Patricia singing, accompanied by Ken and also in a piano duet. The Songsters sang “In the Stillness” and the band played Ken Downies’ “The Joybringer” and finished the evening with “Great and Glorious”
The Sunday morning meeting was lead by Ken Downie and featured the commissioning of Nathan Moore as a bandsman and songster. Nathan also played the trombone solo “Hold thou my hand” and the Kids-Alive Band played “Alleuia.” Ken spoke in the morning about the past, present and future.
The Sunday evening meeting was brought forward that Sunday to enable our guests to catch their plane home. This meeting was lead by Patricia, the songsters featured Andrew Blyth’s new arrangement of “Master Speak” and the band played Ken Downie’s “He can break every fetter”

BM John Moore