The year ended with another successful run of carolling events. The weather was mild for Carols Round the Pound on 20th December, and a good crowd gathered for the community carols and refreshments and raffle that followed. Player numbers had sufficed to put out two groups for carolling along the village's central roads on each of the two preceding Wednesdays, and residents gave generously.
The band joined up again with Maidenhead Rotary to present carols at the entrance of Sainsbury’s on three mornings. A small band also accompanied carol singing at the Rotary’s Christmas dinner event, and was rewarded with a generous collection by those attending. As reported earlier, the events at Hurst and Old Windsor went well.
The band closed the year with a new conductor, Jim Pullen having resigned in September in view of travel problems. We have been fortunate in engaging Steve Block as MD from the start of 2018 (view profile), and look forward to a long and fruitful association.
On the personnel front, 2017 saw the sad loss of stalwart solo cornet player Howard Lunn, bass trombonist Peter Williams retired, and Bb bass player Ken Morris moved out of the area. Meanwhile Lorraine Rogers joined on solo cornet, Michelle Barraclough on 3rd cornet, Jo Smith on tenor horn and John Turner on bass trombone, while Richard McKay rejoined the band on 2nd euphonium.