UCB gets warm reception for chilly bandstand concert

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Uckfield Concert Brass launched this year’s season of fireworks concerts at Eastbourne bandstand last night to warm applause, despite a cold evening.

The programme featured well-known numbers from film, screen and popular music, including The Beatles’ Yesterday, Anything Goes by Cole Porter, the theme from Star Wars, and hits from Mary Poppins.

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Soprano Cornet, Karen Packer, played the Bond movie theme Live and Let Die, and flugelhorn Andy Bamford (below) the ballad The Way We Were, made famous by Barbara Streisand.

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The evening ended with Tchaikovsky’s 1812 overture accompanied by fireworks.

Special event

Charlie bass tromboneLast night was a special event for one of UCB’s members. Charlie Ward, on bass trombone, joined the band recently after a long break and was playing in his first concert for about 40 years.

Thanks to all the guest players who helped out the band.

Our next concert

You can next hear UCB on Sunday 21 May 2017, in Proms Praise, an evening of sacred music at Holy Cross Church in Uckfield. More details


  1. Great to see Charlie Ward with a trombone on his face again, and playing with UCB. Charlie and I used to share the top trombone stand at the Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall, way back in 1971/72.


  2. That seems a lifetime ago now Steve but have fond memories of KH.
    The UCB are a great and talented group of people who have all made me very welcome and I look forward to many gigs in the future
    Just got to try remember what all them little black dots are called and what they do and I will be halfway there.


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