We are sad to report the death of John Faulkner, one of our longest serving members. John joined the band in 1967, having heard about us after living in Worcester Park since 1963, and relished playing again after a 5 year break.
John found brass bands during his period of wartime evacuation in High Wycombe when he was billeted with a Salvation Army family. He joined the High Wycombe SA Young People’s band, where he learned to play the Tenor Horn, and continued with the SA when he returned home to Hammersmith, where he met his wife Brenda. During his National Service, John played Euphonium and Bass with the RAF Wilmslow station band.John moved on from Tenor Horn and played in the bass section from 1970 until retiring from playing in August 2019 after 52 years’ service. As well as going on four continental tours with the band, he served as Assistant Treasurer and led the band’s successful bid for a National Lottery grant for new instruments and equipment in 1985.
John was a Chartered Building Services Engineer, specialising in heating and ventilation, and worked in the Civil Service as a senior officer overseeing Building Services in government buildings and the Royal Palaces. When John retired, he worked at NESCOT as a lecturer on a part time basis.
John and Brenda celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on August 20th this year and while she, their 3 daughters and 9 grandchildren will feel his loss most strongly, he will be sadly missed by all who knew him.
With the area contest fast approaching, we’re looking for a new Principal Euphonium. If you think you've got what it takes to lead a strong Euph/Bari bench in a band challenging at the top of the second section (2019 L&SC champions, 4th at the national finals and SCABA band of the year!) then get in touch and come down for a blow.
We've also got vacancies for a strong Front Row Cornet and a Bb Bass and we're always looking for percussionists. But we're happy to see new players on any instrument. Come down and see us any time. We're a friendly band and we do our best to mix community events and concerts with contesting.
If you’re interested, call the band hotline on 07908 855393, complete the contact form on the homepage or e-mail email@example.com to get in touch. You can also check out our Facebook page or our Instagram (eesb_uk) and Twitter (@eesb_uk) feeds to see what we've been getting up to.
It's October already! a few days ago we were still walking round in t-shirts but now it feels like we're straight into Winter without much of an Autumn to be seen. Christmas is just around the corner. Okay, maybe two corners. But some of us are starting the carolling season on 7th NOVEMBER, so... yeah. Our Christmas concert will be on Sunday 1st December at 7pm. It's at the usual place - St Mary's Church on The Avenue in Worcester Park KT4 7HL. And, in time-honoured tradition, we're indebted to our friends at the Cuddington Residents' Association for looking after us and providing you with tea and mince pies as part of your ticket price.
Tickets are available from us (an order form is attached here for you to download and return), or from Vale Road Post Office (if you're local to the venue) or on the door on the night. £10 per adult and under 16's are free. We hope to see as many of you as possible there.
The band achieved a fantastic result at the national finals in Cheltenham on Sunday 15th September. We came fourth in the second section, beating some really tough competition across the eighteen bands taking part. Soloists Matthew Paterson (Cornet), Billy Fisher (Cornet), Lisa Hill (Flugelhorn) and the recently-hitched Andy Barrett (Euphonium) all deserve recognition for some high quality melody-making in Edward Gregson's 'Occasion'. As has been the case so often in recent years, the success was underpinned by the tireless work of our MD Paul Graham.
The joy of a good result was tempered by the sadness of losing two long-serving members of the band family who will be moving to other parts of the world. Matthew Paterson and Jonnie Bridges will be hugely missed and any new joiners will have big shoes to fill (get in touch if you are a seriously good cornet player looking to join a successful outfit!). Here's a picture of Jonnie basking in the glory of getting our certificate from adjudicator John Maines (by kind permission of 4 Bars Rest). Check out our new Instagram account 'eesb_uk' for this and other less formal pictures of the weekend.