Band meets Father Christmas
On the last weekend in October the band returned to North Wales to play for the British Korean Veterans Association reunion weekend in Caernarfon. This event continues an association that the band have had with the Korean Veterans stretching back a few years. This is at least the fourth outing that the band have made with the KVA. The last was in Coventry last year.
The band travelled up on the Saturday to stay at Llandudno a few miles down the road from Caernarfon. The band had offered to perform a concert in the Llandudno Methodist Church to help raise funds for the church. We were put up in a local hotel where they were running a tinsel and turkey weekend so when the band went down for dinner they found that they were being served a full Xmas dinner and halfway through the meal Santa appeared to distribute presents to all the guests in the hotel.
Later in the evening the band played its usual mix of music including “The New Colonial” march, “My Fair Lady”, “Wherever You Are” made famous by the military wives choir, “Rondo” from Mozart’s 4th Horn concerto, “Olympic Spirit”, Lord of the Dance” and others. The horn concerto saw Tom Clarke (18) make his debut solo performance for the band which he carried off very well. The audience were very appreciative and it was niced to see a good number of people on what was a fairly unpleasant evening.
On the Sunday bad weather stopped a parade in Caernarfon town square and instead the ceremony of remembrance was included in the service that the band played the hymns for. Once the service was over the band played a short concert for the Korean Veterans before heading back to Southampton in what was a long weekend.