The annual ‘Into Africa’ concert at STAINES took place on June 18th, 2011. Guests were Andrew Justice (Trombone), Deryck Diffey (Cornet) and Sarah Denyer (Vocal) supported by Staines Band and vocal group Hallelujah Anyhow.
A wonderful moment in the programme occurred when Deryck was joined by Derek Smith, former Bandmaster of the New York Staff Band, to play a cornet duet ‘We Shall Win’. Two greats from the past but still not past it. A great evening indeed.
ANDREW JUSTICE (Trombone Soloist):
Andrew is a soldier with his wife Fiona at Enfield corps in North London, where he is also Deputy Bandmaster. He has also been a member of the International Staff Band for almost 25 years, holding the position of principal trombone for all of that period. He has appeared with both bands and as a soloist in SA and related events around the world. He particularly enjoys working with young aspiring musicians, and has been an instructor at SA summer music schools in the UK and USA. As well as numerous solo appearances on CDs with both Enfield and ISB recordings, he has recorded two CDs of trombone solos, duets, and ensembles, one with Nick Hudson, a leading trombonist in the secular brass band world. Both CDs will be available at the concert with profits going to the Kenya Trust. By profession, Andrew is an architect, working in the commercial and financial sectors.
DERYCK DIFFEY (Cornet Soloist);
Deryck played his first solo at the age of four and a half at Newport, Isle of Wight where he spent the early part of his life. As a young boy he moved with his family to ‘the mainland’ where he later began to create a musical career for himself joining Her Majesty’s Welsh Guards Band and playing with Tottenham Citadel Band. He studied at Knellor Hall, The Royal Military School of Music under Jack Macintosh who, at that time, was principal trumpet with the Royal Philharmonia Orchestra. In 1965 he emigrated to Canada and three years later became a member of the newly formed Canadian Staff Band in which he played for the next 33 years taking in many overseas tours and performing as a soloist around the world. Deryck now plays with Heritage Brass in Toronto.
SARAH DENYER (Vocal Soloist):
Sarah is 21 years old and attends Reading University, where she is taking a four year course in Teaching and English. She has always loved singing and started receiving lessons when she was living in Bolton with her Salvation Army officer parents. Due to the pressure of university work these lessons have had to stop for the time being but she enjoys her singing with the Reading Central Songsters and in 2010 was a soloist at the SA Christmas Concert at the Hexagon Theatre in Reading. Sarah has made a private CD, which will be on sale at the concert, the proceeds going to the Kenya Trust.
The annual BRISTOL EASTON concert took place on October 8th, 2011 and featured Hallelujah Anyhow and Bristol Easton Band.