The 2008 production was “The Young Musicians Guide to Rock” and as the title suggests the corps took their music from the Rock Genre, an ambitious move and one that finally worked in their favour. The arrangements were produced once again by Simon Hastings and included Kashmir, Sweet Child of Mine, Nothing Else Matters and Knights of Cydonia.
The decision was made to compete on the BYBA circuit for this season and 2008 was the first season since 1992 that the corps did not compete in DCUK. The show was well received by audiences and judges alike, and in a move the turned a weakness into a strength, the corps did not field a marching percussion section, however had three kit players in the pit.
Vicky Richards taught the pit, Steve Blakeley the brass and Karen Walsh Colour Guard. Fletch, Tracey Trafford and Emma Weir worked the visual side of things.
On European competition, the corps managed to get themselves back into a finals spot with one of the most crowd friendly shows, which was evident by the two standing ovations the corps received during the day. This was also replicated once again at BYBA finals with the corps receiving another “standing o”.
As we always try to remind ourselves, we are hear to entertain and we would rather receive the praise from the paying public than have the highest score on a piece of paper. This season was one that always be remembered by everyone involved for those special moments.
This year both Leighanne, and Reece Bolton, decided to take a break from instructing and concentrate on their education, leaving Charlene Bundock to take on the role of Guard Caption Head, new additions this year are ex cadets Tony Aguirre (Guard) , and Stuart Richards (Hornline). The Show was called ‘Knights in Space’, and included songs selected to complement a space story, co-written by two members of the corps, (our DM Megan Locker, and our Baritone player Alex Taylor).
The opener was the theme from ‘Battlestar Galactica, followed by a combination of two themes called Encounter Krypton (Close Encounters… and ‘Planet Krypton’ from Superman), the ‘Battle Sequence’ was another combination called Imperial Duel of the Fates (Imperial March and Duel of the Fates, both from ‘Star Wars’), the Ballad is the theme from ‘Across the Universe’ and finishing with the ‘March’ section from the theme to Star Trek ‘TNG’, all music arrangements were by Gary Wooldridge, Vicky Richards, Paul Richards, and Garry Gardiner. Competing on the BYBA circuit only they achieved third place at finals.