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Message Number: 2523 - Thursday, February 21, 2019 04:48:13 EST
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Name:  Ray Lloyd
Service Number:  RMB4067
Hometown:  Exeter
Instrument/s:  Cornet/Viola
Comments:

Stan Hacking,
Stan is currently not very well and is in hospital again, having been in and out several times over the last few weeks suffering from Sepsis & long term problems with his cancer. I am sure it would cheer him up to have some 'Get Well' cards from some of his old mates, they can be sent to:
Mr Stan Hacking
Creedy Ward,
Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital (Wonford)
Barrack Road,
Exeter,
EX2 5DW
I will try to put updates on his condition as he progresses,
Regards to all.
Ray,

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Message Number: 2522 - Tuesday, February 19, 2019 14:05:11 EST
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Name:  Michael Hutton
Service Number:  Berkshire
Hometown:  Newbury
Instrument/s:  Euph & Cello
Comments:

I need some help guys! We would like to put Denis Ovenden's regimental number on the sunset page, but bothTerry Freestone and I cannot find it so we're hoping that one of you out there who may have been in his squad when he joined or have that information could let either Terry or myself or Dickie of course know...Many thanks, regards to all...Mick.

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Message Number: 2521 - Friday, February 15, 2019 10:18:25 EST
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Name:  Paul Collett
Service Number:  RMB3827
Hometown:  Wimborne
Instrument/s:  Basses
Comments:

Congratulations to Mike and all from 2/56 squad.

How many are left from the younger 3/61 intake? Lets have a roll call

Where have all the years gone!

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Message Number: 2520 - Friday, February 15, 2019 03:43:07 EST
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Name:  Michael Hutton
Service Number:  Berkshire
Hometown:  Newbury
Instrument/s:  Euph & Cello
Comments:

Great to read about Barry & Mike's anniversaries, I was trying to think of some of those that I joined up with but only Bob Rawson came to mind as many of the others have left us.

Sad news about Peter Heming. We didn't cross paths during my time except I do recall when I spent a brief time as an instructor I took him through his Cpl's Class. I next met up with him many years later in the 90s when he was MD of the Southampton Music Society and had for personal reasons to drop out of directing a show - so I ended up as MD for 'La Cage Aux Folles' with a fantastic Pit Orch of 24 and performing in the Mayflower Southampton on the biggest stage in the south of England - plus many guys in the band who were ex RMB. RIP Peter-there's a big band in the sky! Mick Hutton.

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Message Number: 2519 - Thursday, February 14, 2019 14:10:53 EST
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Name:  Barry Radford
Service Number:  RMB 3507
Hometown:  Meols Wirrall
Instrument/s:  Euph and Cello
Comments:

Hi Richard

Ditto to everything My Old Squaddie Mike Tellick saysâś…

I can even remember John Cowdrey, despite the snow arriving in short trousers?????

Many thanks Mike,from Heather and I for the Congrats!!!

Regards to all

Barry

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Message Number: 2518 - Thursday, February 14, 2019 02:24:06 EST
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Name:  Mike Tellick
Service Number:  RMB 3512
Hometown:  Sittingbourne
Instrument/s:  Clarinet
Comments:

Good morning,

It was a snowy day 63 years ago today when 30 boys joined the Royal Marines School of Music and will be forever known as 2/56 squad, so it's a happy birthday to Barry Radford, John Cowdrey, Ray Grant. Along with myself we are the only known survivors from that intake.

At 14 years old arriving at East barracks one did wonder what on earth we had done!!! It was freezing, the snow covered the whole of East Kent and the barrack rooms hadn't been updated since Noah was in short trousers. However, we survived and have had the honour of serving alongside some of the very best people in the greatest Band Service on the planet.

Also, Barry and Heather Radford have Been married 55 years today. CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU BOTH.

MIKE

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Message Number: 2517 - Sunday, February 10, 2019 12:35:30 EST
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Name:  Ian Epps
Service Number:  RMB
Comments:

I first met Peter when I left Ark Royal in 1966 and was drafted to the
CinC's band held at Excellent. The band was headed by Captain Royston
Nash with Bandmaster Peter Heming as his right hand. The two of them
were both brilliant musicians whose enjoyment of well-played music was
passed down to the band that were the happiest band I had ever been with.

Roy and Peter were intent of bringing the band to a high degree of
excellence and changed the format of concerts to what is normal today, if
you play some of the records that were made in the 50's and 60's and
compare them to the ones made today you will see what I mean. We played
concerts around the country, normally the prerogative of the Staff Bands,
we even played one time at the De Montfort Hall in Leicester which had
until then been a venue where Deal Staff Band normally performed. In the
year I spent with the band I learnt a lot from Peter which I found came
in useful when I left and became a VBI.

Freda , my wife and I used to baby sit for Peter sometimes and when he
came back from I think it was the Antarctic, on Bulwark he invited us
aboard and I found out that he had got permission for the band to grow
beards, "another one off", but they had had to be shaved off before
returning to the UK.

He became a very good friend but like many of our friends that we made
in the service we lost touch, but we as a family were very sad to hear
of his death.

RIP Peter and I hope there is a great big band up there somewhere where
you can continue to make great music and maybe meet up with Roy.


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Message Number: 2516 - Monday, February 4, 2019 16:06:48 EST
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Name:  Jem Tugwood
Service Number:  RMB 3701
Hometown:  Worthing
Instrument/s:  Clart/ Alto / vln
Comments:

Hi Dickie,

Following the sad news of the passing of Peter Heming, I would like to send my condolences to his family and loved ones , I served with Peter for some years when he was DOM of FONAC band and my memories of him are those, of a fine musician, and a man of intuition in the band service somewhat before his time, and those who were in his band when he “recorded” prior to asking permission from “Head Office” will remember that it wasn’t long after that staff bands began recording too!!

Peter had his own way of doing things and I, for one thought, “ well why not” but, others may not have quite gone along with my perception.

However, the time I spent with Peter was memorable, his leadership was exceptionally different but as a conductor he got from his musicians exactly the performance he wanted.

He was not everyone’s “cup of tea” but I shall remember him as a fine player, conductor and colleague,

RIP Peter,

Jem

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Message Number: 2515 - Sunday, February 3, 2019 13:23:31 EST
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Name:  Barry Radford
Service Number:  RMB 3507
Hometown:  Meols. Wirral
Instrument/s:  Euph and Cello
Comments:

Dear Richard

Saddened to read of the passing of Peter Heming. I served with him in Whale Island then latterly at Lympstone, in fact he was my last Boss prior to my medical discharge.

Peter was quite an eccentric person, but a super musician and a very caring Boss.

RIP Dear Peter. Many Happy Memories.. Condolences to his family.

Regards to all

Barry

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Message Number: 2514 - Friday, February 1, 2019 03:41:32 EST
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Name:  Paul Collett
Service Number:  RMB3827
Hometown:  Wimborne
Instrument/s:  Basses
Comments:

So sorry to hear of the passing of Ernie Ward. I remember him from my Terror days.

He was a true Gentleman. My thoughts go out to his family

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