The Regent Hall Band (Bandmaster Steve Hanover) gave a well-received concert at Rushden on Saturday, 1 November 2014.
As always, the band engaged the audience right from the opening item, Excelsior, with Penny Babb’s multimedia presentation introducing members of the band.
In her honest testimony, Sarah Wilson confessed how hard it is sometimes to see God in the tough times of life, but that she always realized the He had a plan for her future. Several soloists were featured during the evening. Nathanael Watchorn (vocal) with an upbeat rendition of Now I Belong to Jesus. Ken Brusser-Ward (euphonium) offered Travelling Along, a medley of Salvation Army choruses referring to sunshine, with a brief nod to “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head”. Finally, Deputy Bandmaster Paul Sharman (cornet) played This Is My Story.
A typical Regent Hall Band program features both devotional and more light-hearted pieces. The audience enthusiastically joined in at the appropriate moments during the band’s rendition of Jubilo, Jubilo (Martin Cordner), which features the chorus “I Am H‑A‑P‑P‑Y” and an uninhibited Mexican wave. Major Richard Gaudion introduced a more reflective period with his piano solo, Nimrod, followed by the band playing Guardian of My Soul (Darren Shaw).
Major Graham Mizon referred to Saul’s Damascus journey in his well-chosen Bible thoughts, after which the band played The Present Age (Leslie Condon), which portrays a young Christian’s encounters during his spiritual journey through life. Although this piece was written in the 1960s, the issues encountered by Christians have not changed that much over the past 50 years and the music is still very relevant today.
For its penultimate offering, the band sang My Peace, based on John 14:27. And, finally, in a rousing conclusion, the band dispersed to various areas around the hall and played out with Daniel.
Regent Hall Band web site