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1st Battalion Band

The following short stories are from Derek Broadbent solo cornetist of the 1st Battalion Band late 1950's to mid 1960's.

Dear All,
A couple of amusing incidents from those Cyprus days of yore.
One evening when we we playing outside the Officer's Mess ( as we usually did once a month) the Bandmaster decided that Gilly and I would share an Echo Solo called Sizlietta. I would play the first echo from in the trees on one side of the band and Gilly would play the second echo from the other side. Clever stuff this except we only had one solo part. I was just about to play my echo when a hand appeared out of the trees and grabbed my music to the words of ''you don't need this , I do'' Fortunately I did know the music, but Gilly and I still have a smile about this whenever it crops up in conversation.

On another occasion an event that involved Bill Cuddy.
I think this must have been in 1959 but I'm not absolutely certain. We were 'Beating the Retreat' As the team of Fanfare Trumpeters went out on to the parade ground to play the opening fanfare, we noticed three flag poles in our path. The centre one surrounded by plants and ferns in pots. We avoided these , played our fanfare , Marched back to the band, who were behind some buildings, Two three beat rolls and off we went. The Corps. of Drums bass drummer , being in a centre rank of his own saw the pots and avoided them but unfortunately Bill didn't and almost went sprawling much to the amusement of Gilly and me. . I'm not sure we ever got over that episode . Even when the Bass Drum once fell off the top of the 'PiggyBus' in Cyprus on our way back from a job.one Sunday lunchtime. Tony Richards caught us up in his car . Stopped the bus. Returned the drum for inspection, with the words of. ''Gillespie! (Dizzy) Do you know your Bass Drum fell off the bus 1/2 a mile back?'' A brief inspection saw it O.K. apart from a slight crack in one rim. Fine. Until the next retreat rehearsal when Dizziy gave a firm 'double tap' and the Bass Drum fell apart around his feet and we all collapsed laughing. End of parade rehearsal that day for sure. Happy Days!!!

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