On Saturday 8th September 38 drum and flute enthusiasts met at Carlton Barracks Leeds for the third society northern music meeting.
With representation from the Army School of Drumming, 1st Bn Coldstream Guards, 3rd Bn Duke of Lancasters Regiment, Liverpool ATC, HACDA, GDCODA, Cinque Ports COD, Skipton COD, Baillie Lane Corps of Flutes and Drums plus the Yorkshire Corps of Drums and individual society members we had a great representation of musical talent.
We assembled as a corps at 10.30 under the direction of Peter Foss and warmed up with three or four old favourites. With a ratio of nearly four flute players to one drummer we nearly took the roof off the Drill Hall. A great start!
Peter, as ever, had prepared meticulously and circulated a list if music ( most of which could be downloaded from the YCoDs website) well in advance of the day. We then broke off for stand practice until lunch time. By 12.30 the staff at Carlton Barracks had prepared burger, chips, beans and tea or coffee which put us in good shape when we came together in the afternoon to play as a Corps. With the afternoon sun at full power we decided to move outside to play where the dynamics of the music could really be appreciated. After a couple of hours playing from the parts we formed up as a corps under command of the Senior Drum Major, Shaun Huggins for a march and play around Barracks, no doubt supported by the eagle eye of Drum major Tony Taylor, Coldstream Guards.
I particularly appreciate those enthusiasts who travelled from afar to support us on the day, namely Brian Harrod, Mike Davis, Geoff and Christine Fairfax plus the guys from Airdrie. Geoff Walker, formally Green Howards summed up the spirit of the day on hearing us play The Bonnie English Rose. He wrote,” As the Yorkshire Regiment has adopted the regimental march Ca Ira. I began to wonder if I should ever hear my old regimental march again! I thought what a fine organisation I belong to!”