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Royal Marines Band Service Christmas Spectacular

A number of Branch Members and quite a number of former RM's who are not members attended the RM Band Christmas Spectacular at the Bournemouth Pavilion this evening Thursday 24 November. I think that this event could easily be used as a new member recruiting and a fundraising event with a little liaison with the event operators.

Those that attended were myself and the LHC, Paul Joblin, Pete Holder, Geof Haywood, Nick Smart and his entire clan.

Geof presented the band with our RM Bass Drum which was refurbished by the Band Service and presented by Maj Robinson RM to the Branch some many years ago and is now destined for the RM Band Museum.

Sadly, I was unable to get all the members together for a group photo as we were dispersed throughout the theater, so you will have to put up with one of me again and the Director of Music Captain Sam Hairsine and 2 members of the band of HMS Collingwood.


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Hi Dave and fellow RMBS Christmas concert attendees. What a great night and great to see the photo with the band master. Thanks as always for the posting Dave. BZs all round


I thought that was Geof wearing the Father xmas hat and blues for a second. Excellent that the drum has gone to a wholly appropriate home. Incidentally, Captain Sam Hairsine is/was the officer to whom we would send our RM bugler funeral requests to. Nice to put a face to a name. Superb concert that stirred the juices. Probably the first band concert I have been to since the early 60s when I used to accompany my parents to brass band competitions in the Midlands when my dad was Director of the Northampton Town Brass Band, they often won. Good memories. I should have been a bandy.


Collingwood Band excellent as usual, did not expect anything less! My Clan enjoyed the whole experience, thanked the Director of Music, Capt Hairsine? on behalf of the Branch, nice photo Dave!

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