Having spent the last couple of days with the "Big Band" group from 'RMBS Portsmiff' visiting 4 schools in the North West, in very short order, I thought a swift post was in order to say a huge thanks for a sterling effort to all concerned - already the phonecalls from prospective future musicians are being received! Most schools probably don't expect the style & delivery of contemporary music from a military band, in fact even a serving RM Commando accompanying me was gob-smacked at the performances as he's only ever seen the military aspect at CTC. Things you don't expect to hear over the PA system at an RM Band concert, but certainly did yesterday: "Will pupils please try to keep body-surfing to an absolute minimum". The funny thing is that we always warn the teaching staff that the concerts get rather lively & that the students will be dancing by about the third song & they nearly always give the wry reply: "I doubt it at this school, somehow". Wrong. It's always a delight, once the students are whipped-up into a hyperactive vocal dancing frenzy, to depart with the words, "Erm, over to you..." Again, tip top & many thanks for the hard work & excellent musicianship.