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Message Number: 2717 - Sunday, March 29, 2020 06:43:16 EST
[IP = 74.67.27.133] -
Name:  Chris Archer
Service Number:  Corps of Drums
Hometown:  Pytchley
Instrument/s:  Original message sent to RMA NZ from Vince Harris
Comments:

I am sorry to say I received an email from Vince yesterday which shows that life under the lockdown can be very cruel. and especially difficult for some.


Extract from Vince's email

"On a much sadder note my lovely Beryl passed away on Tuesday evening and has been cremated without any funeral being possible. Thankfully she was not aware of anything and was still looking forward to going back home.

I will have a real memorial service later in the year when we can gather together once more.

Meanwhile you all keep safe and well
Kind regards"
Vince.

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Message Number: 2716 - Sunday, March 29, 2020 05:11:04 EST
[IP = 81.35.177.238] -
Name:  Michael Hickman
Service Number:  RMB 3482
Hometown:  Roquetas de Mar SPAIN
Instrument/s:  Bass Trombone
Comments:

Greetings to one and all from a warm sunny locked down Spain.

Unlike Eric I am now on my first CB, something I never had to do in my 25 years in the RMB/ We are just beginning our third week of lockdown and not yet climbing walls we are doing as we have been told as of course we should. So sad to read about young Geoff Gouk I remember him from Deal in the early 60s we never served together but like most the drill field was where our paths crossed. Should any one see a member of his family please be so kind and pass on my regards. So I say to you all my fellow ex RMBs stay safe take care my best regards to you all take care and be careful.

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Message Number: 2715 - Thursday, March 26, 2020 16:58:30 EST
[IP = 124.188.133.136] -
Name:  Eric Hayward
Service Number:  RMB/X3051
Hometown:   9 Spencer Drive, Kangaroo Flat, Victoria, Australia
Comments:

Mike, If I may, could I through yourself, pass on my very best wishes to all of our comrades in the UK my very best wishes and hopes for a better time ahead. Like you, we here in Oz are also confined to Barracks. For how long, who knows?

Actually thinking back it's the first time I have been given CB since about 1955.

Cheers and all the best ,

Eric.

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Message Number: 2714 - Thursday, March 26, 2020 15:10:06 EST
[IP = 86.165.136.58] -
Name:  Mike Tellick
Service Number:  RMB 3512
Hometown:  Sittingbourne
Instrument/s:  Clart
Comments:

Hi Dickie,

I have just heard from Andy Rowett that Geoff Gouk had liver cancer and his family are looking for a hospice for him. Sad news indeed. A fine trombone player as I remember.

Hope you are all virus free, we are all going through strange times.

Mike

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Message Number: 2713 - Wednesday, March 25, 2020 10:12:33 EST
[IP = 74.67.27.133] -
Name:  Mike 'Taff' Webber
Service Number:  RMB/X 3144
Hometown:  Gornal nr Dudley
Instrument/s:  Bandmaster
Comments:

It was quite a surprise to read your precis on T.J. Powell. I first met Tom in 1948 when he paid a visit to my Grammar school (Lewis School Pengam) alongside OUR very own Walter Hargreaves who was the peripatetic brass professor for our area! In 1950 Walter invited me to play with the Cory band in Swansea. Tom was in attendance, to conduct one of his compositions so we crossed paths again.

I next met Tom in 1951 when he came to conduct my band i.e. Oakdale Colliery Band to give us some coaching prior to the Belle Vue contest of that year. He was a very kind and knowledgeable gentleman! He actually made a special visit to attend my last band practice prior to my joining the RMB in June 1953! Finally, I distinctly remember the shock of his passing which was shared with Walter Hargreaves a few months after joining R.M.S.M. as in Instructor. R.I.P. Tom you are still remembered after more than 100 years as an ex RMB!

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Message Number: 2712 - Tuesday, March 24, 2020 08:08:02 EST
[IP = 74.67.27.133] -
Name:  RICHARD VALENTINE
Service Number:  RMB 4069
Hometown:  Preston
Instrument/s:  Clart
Comments:

Just this morning I got a message from my top oppo Tony Oliver, he wanted to share with me a discovery of his when listening to his beloved Brass Band music. He mentioned one T J Powell and the particular piece titled 'The Spaceman'. Another reason to share was that TJ had been an RMB (2530) and for sure I took a look at Terry Freestone's database and there he is recorded.

Born 12/12/1897 a Welsh native of Tredegar. He joined the service in 1916 and was demobilised after the war. You can find other information if you Google him. 'The Spaceman' is very likeable and tuneful upon first listen but I urge you to find more because of his fame, cut short conducting a Cory Band gig where he died aged 68 in 1965.

The recording I am currently listening to is by a very good Dutch Brass Band thru Apple Music but it's for all you brass and interested musos to search and be informed and delighted to hear not just TJ's marches but others that complement the recording.

During these troubled times it is encouraging how we are re-connecting in so many aspects and music is our life's blood so be innovative and indulge in something you may not have discovered until now.

Be well everyone!

Dickie.

http://www.whitchurchandllandaff.co.uk/T_J_Powell_and_the_Melingriffith_Brass_Band.html

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Message Number: 2711 - Sunday, March 22, 2020 15:12:30 EST
[IP = 213.205.241.162] -
Name:  Paul Foley
Service Number:  P036943D
Hometown:  Bolton
Instrument/s:  Corps of Drums
Comments:

Richard.. just thought I’d run this past you before for posting a message


In this time of crisis wherever you may be in the country.. don’t stay quiet.. if anyone is struggling or in need of anything.. just say.

We appreciate that many subscribers to exroyalmarinesbandsmen.net don’t subscribe or even like Facebook for whatever reason (everyone’s choice), but the Royal Marines Facebook family is here to help. Whatever you’re social media choices.. We are all Musicians and Buglers.

The Royal Marines Charity is also available: 023 9387 4663

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Message Number: 2710 - Sunday, March 22, 2020 07:57:39 EST
[IP = 82.15.254.189] -
Name:  Pat ‘Pusser’ Hill
Service Number:  Q004163M
Hometown:  Pompey
Instrument/s:  Euph & Cello
Comments:

MFM 2020 CD available from The Blue Band Shop on RMB’s website.

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Message Number: 2709 - Sunday, March 22, 2020 06:14:43 EST
[IP = 90.248.20.26] -
Name:  MICHAEL G HUTTON
Service Number:  RMBX2638
Hometown:  Newbury
Instrument/s:  Euph & Cello
Comments:

Hi Everyone. Not much going on with this wonderful site at the moment as we're all confined to 'Barracks'. Let's hope that our great family especially the 'old & bold' are keeping well.

Does anyone know if the last Mountbatten Festival is, or maybe, available on YouTube or CD or DVD? Can't get any joy out of the S of M at the moment! Perhaps they are all away at sea?! Sorry, we've only got one ship haven't we and there's no room for a band on that....
Here's to the next time.

Mick.

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Message Number: 2708 - Wednesday, March 4, 2020 13:02:36 EST
[IP = 74.67.27.133] -
Name:  Dickie Valentine
Service Number:  RMB 4069
Hometown:  Preston
Instrument/s:  Clart
Comments:

Having just watched the almost 45 minutes of documentary via the link that Bryan (Billy) Walker sent to me, I must enthusiastically recommend it to everyone to indulge. Many of you will have read the late Tom Lambert's account of HMS Trinidad and his story of George Lloyd.

For no really good reason, I have neglected much of Lloyd's work yet I count myself as a very eclectic listener and all my life since first discovering many genres of music, I have been and continue to be enlightened by some of the most obscure and little known composers.

I was very fortunate to have given 11 years of my life in the service of Her Majesty in peace time and one cannot imagine what George Lloyd's life and time must have been like when he was enlisted as a cornet, violin and piano, hostilities only, yet it is recorded thru Tom Lambert's excellent piece as it is in this excellent documentary via the link on the main page of 'our' website.

Thank you as ever for your interest and I urge all of you to take the best part of any hour in tribute to one of our own and an English composer who strived tirelessly, thru many challenges to get the recognition he truly deserved.

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