LETTER: Two bands play together for the first time

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On Saturday evening 21st March, the Burgess Hill District Lions president Christopher Muschamp presented two outstanding bands, playing together for the first time at the Martlets Hall entitled “Spring Together with Music”, attended by almost 170 people.

The Burgess Hill Marching Youth Band and Haywards Heath Concert Band performed a popular selection of music from their extensive repertoire ranging from” The Muppets” ( T.V. signature tune ) to “Sussex by the Sea”.

Swing music by the Haywards Heath Concert Band provided yet another great musical interlude, without doubt, enjoyed by all.

Just after the interval, a team of young drummers surprised the audience by playing and displaying their illuminated flashing drums on stage in a pitch black auditorium, followed by the youngest junior members of the Marching Youth Band who performed impeccably with their sparkling new instruments.

The finale comprising both bands, joined forces to bring the concert to a spectacular ending with several curtain calls for an encore, which was duly performed to perfection.

A raffle was held to raise funds shared by both bands, with prizes generously donated by local traders.

The entire evening’s entertainment was organised by Lions Tony Parris, Alan Ranger, also Valerie and Ron Whitehead.

Thanks were expressed to the sound and lighting technicians Chris Childs and David Avery, Stuart Harley the magician who performed during scene changes and co-hosted the show, staff of the Martlets Hall, and not least, Nigel Buxton who also co-hosted the show for most of the evening.

Fred Avery (President of the Burgess Hill Local History Society).