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Message Number: 2770 - Wednesday, September 30, 2020 06:21:54 EST
[IP = 74.67.27.133] -
Name:  RICHARD VALENTINE
Service Number:  RMB 4069
Hometown:  Preston (was)
Instrument/s:  Clart
Comments:

I am saddened to write on hearing the news of the passing of Jessie Nash.

Jessie was married to Roy Nash's brother who died tragically young decades ago. It was only after my attending a memorial for Royston Nash near Cape Cod Massachusetts that Jessie got in contact with me and had a huge input as to how I portrayed that attendance. I drove several hundred miles that day to represent the Royal Marines Bandservice and I'm privileged to have known Roy albeit from my days as a trainee in Deal and much later when Roy had retired from his directorship of the Doyle Carte Opera Company. I shared with him the happy situation I had been in performance as one of the Jury in G & S' 'Trial by Jury'.

Jessie and I met some years ago on one of my trips to England and we became great friends. She lived a quiet life in her tiny apartment home but was very active as a Salvationist and I believe a huge asset to the Memorial Bandstand as a regular helper and member of staff. I am sure I speak for many when I say how much she will be missed and that after a considerable battle with her health, has finally made the transition to a better place. Jessie was a woman of deep faith and spoke often of how she looked toward the next stage as her time ended on earth.

Rest in peace dear lady.
Much love ~ Dickie.

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Message Number: 2769 - Tuesday, September 22, 2020 12:00:25 EST
[IP = 194.35.118.251] -
Name:  Ernest Hartland
Service Number:  RMBX3050
Hometown:  Congresbury
Instrument/s:  Solo Clart
Comments:

Thank you to Richard and Graham Hoskins for the quiet reminder of those who lost their lives in that IRA outrageous attack upon unarmed Men who were little more than Boys to myself.

I would wish to enlarge upon the IRA at some stage, but now is not the time or place to do so.

RIP Fellow Musicians, you have joined a sad long list of Members of the Royal Marines Band Service who preceeded many of us.


Respect to the Memory of You All.

Bill.

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Message Number: 2768 - Saturday, September 12, 2020 07:00:06 EST
[IP = 92.19.89.52] -
Name:  Leonard Lewry
Service Number:  RMB 3859
Hometown:  PORTSMOUTH
Instrument/s:  S Clarinet
Comments:

Re Ray West.....Third photo down, Ray on alto, I believe the tenor is "Digger" Brooks, who was with me in Arbroath.

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Message Number: 2767 - Saturday, September 5, 2020 05:27:41 EST
[IP = 73.4.160.186] -
Name:  Anthony FitzGerald
Service Number:  RMBX2447
Hometown:  Portsmouth, England
Instrument/s:  Piano, Flute
Comments:

Searching for Band members that served on HMY Britannia from 1956 - 1958.

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Message Number: 2766 - Tuesday, September 1, 2020 15:27:36 EST
[IP = 194.35.118.232] -
Name:  Bill Hartland
Service Number:  RMBX3050
Hometown:  Congresbury
Instrument/s:  Solo Clart
Comments:

Sad times are amongst us again with the News that Ken Cretch has crossed the bar. Ken was one of two Buglers in the HMS Terror Band in or around 1962-1963.


Regret that with so many who leave a Band only for me never to see them again, which happens all too often.


R.I.P Ken.

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Message Number: 2765 - Sunday, August 30, 2020 08:56:56 EST
[IP = 74.67.27.133] -
Name:  RICHARD VALENTINE
Service Number:  RMB 4069
Hometown:  Preston
Instrument/s:  Clart
Comments:

It was August 17th that I had total left hip replacement surgery at the highly acclaimed Saratoga Hospital just 20 minutes drive from my Ballston Lake, New York home.

Unbelievable to report that after satisfactory tests and 3 sessions of physical therapy (one actually hours after the operation) I was released the following day. Such an invasive procedure yet the consensus is that it is a much lauded and highly successful one.

Many of you are aware directly from me of my 'on again, off again' appointment for this operation but I just want assure you all whom I don't have regular correspondence with, that I have now joined the ranks of those who can soon step out 30" just like old times.

It is my sincere hope that when better times return and many of us meet up once more, that I shall be making more athletic moves to the bar on your behalf.

Be well all.

Dickie.

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Message Number: 2764 - Wednesday, August 26, 2020 09:22:41 EST
[IP = 31.50.219.214] -
Name:  Gerry Taylour
Service Number:  RMBX 2742H
Hometown:  Nottingham
Instrument/s:   Since retirement Trombone
Comments:

Hi every one,

It has been a bad time for community bands such as ours since lock down. However we have managed to stay involved in making music by going 'virtual'.

https://youtu.be/dFnfvA_IxDQ

Click on the link to see and hear us.

Besides this one we have also recorded 'Belphegor March', 'Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines' and several other pieces without video.

Fortunately we have our in our band, two very talented young people who possess the skills required to edit and mix etc. our individual contributions. I found it an enjoyable experience although at times a step learning curve in coming to terms with the technology.

Best wishes,

Gerry Taylour

https://youtu.be/dFnfvA_IxDQ

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Message Number: 2763 - Tuesday, August 25, 2020 11:08:54 EST
[IP = 90.248.97.202] -
Name:  Michael G Hutton
Service Number:  RMBX2638
Instrument/s:  Euph & Cello
Comments:

During my time in the RMA Concert Band under Ted Whealing, David Cole and Tony Smallwood I had the pleasure of getting to know Ron and Sylvia Howell. Ron was a retired Royal Marine who lived near me in Newbury and was also a Trombone player in the local Brass Band scene. He had in fact joined up with the RMA Band near its beginnings and spent many months getting the hang of having to play in Bass Clef. Once I joined up with the RMA band we used to travel down to Pompey for rehearsals together so I got to know him and Sylvia very well and even went with his local Brass Band (Watership Brass) on a trip to South Africa as a guest Bbb Bass Player at his invitation. Unfortunately Ron had to leave the RMA Band due to illness some time after I had left but we still kept in contact. It is with regret that I have to tell those who knew Ron that the dreaded cancer had its way and he died last Monday. Maureen & I will attend his funeral this Thursday as friends and representatives of the RMA Concert Band. His Watership Brass friends will also be there to give him a musical send off. Stay safe everyone. Michael.

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Message Number: 2762 - Wednesday, August 19, 2020 13:28:16 EST
[IP = 109.156.48.7] -
Name:  Gerry Taylour
Service Number:  RMBX2742
Hometown:  Nottingham
Comments:

https://photos.app.goo.gl/PsBit7Ec62QyH7Kq6

I have been having a sort out of various memorabilia and came across this gadget. Click on link to view.

For those who don't recognise it, it is the name stamp that I had to use to stamp my clothes circa. 1950/1952 whilst a boy musician in East Barracks. And who can also remember, having to buy old 'Globe and Laurel' magazines , which were used to form tubes around which we had to roll our clothes around for the dreaded kit inspections. I wonder when this practice was discontinued. How times have changed.

Best wishes, Gerry Taylour. Nottingham.






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Message Number: 2761 - Friday, August 14, 2020 09:15:11 EST
[IP = 94.0.148.222] -
Name:  Derek Usher
Service Number:  RMB 3645
Hometown:  Pompey!
Instrument/s:  Cornet/Fiddle
Comments:

Good news arrived in a the form of a message from Pam Parker/Tugwood this morning!

So let's all say "Hurrah!" to that!

Probably best that we're not having the reunion this year as far as Jem is concerned to give plenty of time (no excuses!!) to recover for 2021!!

Cheers to you Jem and welcome back old mate! Now just go easy on the Famous Grouse. You don't HAVE to drink it all at once you know!!! (hic!!) - Keep us all posted!

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