Quintet met last night. The evening got off to a sad start with some rotten news from euph player Phil. He’s very ill in hospital. The players join with the whole brass banding community is wishing him a full and speedy recovery. Get well soon Phil - we want you back.
Last week, Quintet rehearsed Ruthlessly. Yesterday, she was back playing which made the whole evening better. It was good to have Vicky as well. With Joe and, later on, Denise, there was a good solid cornet section. Paul got the music going at exactly 7.30pm. He’s a stickler for time keeping - he says, though the rest of the group call him a pedantic old woman but don’t tell him. His plan was to run through the whole program for Quintet’s job on 08-Jun. Somehow, everything was fitted in; each piece ran through with a few faults fixed and improvements made. The Duke Ellington number Don’t Get Around Much Anymore had some lovely trombone sliding by Sue. El Cumbanchero has been in the pads for a while now. It’s nicknamed The Cucumber and Quintet make a good job of its upbeat tempo and tricky rhythms. Paul’s been thinking about Sue sliding in the cucumber but it’s just not appropriate. Not with these latin dance beats. The two “doubtful” pieces, Tico-Tico and Good Ol’ Blues, were both played and played well too. They’re both going in the program for 08-Jun. Raindrops has a difficult solo for 2nd cornet. Vicky was shocked and outraged! Thanks to Joe for helping out - he’s played it once or twice before. With knackered lips, the evening ended with a Sortie in which Sue Horn invited Robin to slip his part in. Robin was happy to oblige - he’s so accommodating.