Alford band ‘a credit’ to county

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ALFORD Silver Band members were given high praise when they performed at Tower Gardens in Skegness at the weekend.

An enthusiastic crowd had gathered in the sunshine to hear the band and their spirits were not even dampened by a brief, passing shower.

Such was the response that one member of the audience yelled out: “You’re a credit to Lincolnshire” at the conclusion of the event.

During the concert classical pieces such as Rossini’s Tancredi and Johann Strauss’s Thunder and Lightning Polka were interspersed with a variety of lively, numbers by more modern composers.

The band’s talented 16-year-old principal cornet, Josh Wilkinson, had the audience in raptures with his brilliant rendition of Edrich Siebert’s Lazy Trumpeter.

He was then joined by colleagues Andrew Taylor and Tina Wood in a lively rendition of the three part arrangement for cornet of Mr Sandman.

A special solo was performed on flugel horn by Denise Heckmann.

A German citizen, Denise has been playing with the band over the last few months whilst she has been on an work exchange visit, teaching at Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar Academy in Alford.

This concert was her last engagement with the band before she returns home.

Her performance delighted her parents, who had travelled from Germany to spend a few days with her and were present in the crowd. Alford Silver Band will perform at Tower Gardens again from 2pm to 4pm on Saturday, June 25 and Saturday, August 13.