The following article appeared in the June 5th 2009 edition of the West Somerset Free Press:
Brass Band releases CD
West Somerset Brass band has just released its first CD after three months of practice and preparation - and some unexpected competition. Music for the CD was chosen by the band members from their favourite pieces, and the recording took place over two four-hour sessions on two Saturdays.
Musical Director Barry Payne said “We are thrilled with the result which represents a lot of hard work for a small local band. It wasn’t easy to do, and the recording in the Watchet Methodist Schoolroom was interrupted by the timely chorus of seagulls, the steam train and someone banging at the door! One band member had his 70th birthday on the first recording day and we had to compensate him with a large celebratory cream cake.”
The CD was produced as a tribute to Rodney Wells (see below); it is on sale at £5 and is available from any member of the band, or telephone 01984 631400.
The items on the recording are: Barnard Castle, The Lonely Mill, All that Jazz, The Young Amadeus, The Acrobat, Billy’s Exhibition Hop, The Mission, Yellow Submarine, The Lost Chord, The Lincolnshire Poacher, Evening Song, I Will Follow Him, Cranberry Corners USA, and Hootenanny.
Click here to hear part of Barnard Castle
Click here to hear part of The Mission (with soloist Chris Bashford).
The CD was recorded and produced by Raymer Sound, Wellington.
Rodney Wells 1941 – 2008
A founder member of the band, Rod played cornet under his uncles Ted & Jack Alexander. He was a natural on the instrument & earned a contest medal for his playing (just a few days after losing a finger on his other hand!) He took over as conductor in the early eighties at a traumatic time for the band & held the position until 2005 until ill health caused him to step down. He left the band on a high note after playing the tenor horn solo ‘Over The Rainbow’ at a concert on the band’s biennial trip to St. Renan, France. It is felt that without Rod’s contribution, the band would not be here today. Sadly, Rod died in April 2008 & will be remembered for his 100% commitment & loyalty to the band.