Bands in services to honour the fallen
ON November 9 many bands were involved in Armistice and Commemoration services and this would have been followed with bands being involved in services throughout the weekend, particularly of course on the Sunday, November 11.
Crosskeys Silver Band was Remembering The Fallen at Moriah Baptist Church. Risca on the Friday along with Risca Male Choir, Ty Sign Primary School Junior Choir, Risca Primary School Choir and Risca Community Comprehensive School whose pupils gave an individual reading of some appropriate poems after an introduction by their Headmaster John Kendall.
All the choirs were in fine voice with Ty Sign singing Make Me a Channel of Your Peace, Light a Candle for Peace and A song for Peace and Risca Primary singing We Will Remember, Keep The Home Fires Burning and Little Red Poppy.
Crosskeys Band opened the evening, after an introduction and welcome by Pastor Marc Owen, with the well known Dambusters March followed by the very emotive In Flanders Fields.
Many thanks should be given to Martin Humphries who stepped in at the very last moment to conduct the band.
The Risca Choir followed with a very sympathetic rendering of In Flanders Fields and For The Fallen, which was greatly appreciated by the full church.
There was much more from both choir and band, but space denies a description of the fine musicality produced.
The Drumhead Service of Remembrance was conducted by the Reverend Martin Evans and both The Last Post and Reveille were excellently played by Ellis Davies, Principal cornet with Crosskeys Silver Band.
It certainly was an evening to remember.
On the Sunday Crosskeys band was involved at the Memorial Service at Cwmcarn where Ellis Davies once again played the Last Post and Reveille with distinction.
BTM Band at Caerphilly
Ebbw Valley Brass at Beaufort, Ebbw Vale
Tongwynlais Temperance Band at Whitchurch