'The most entertaining brass band in the UK'
MUSIC played with passion and enthusiasm launched the Central Hall's new concert season, cementing its reputation for bringing the best of brass to our town.
Voted the most entertaining brass band in the UK, East Yorkshire Motor Services Brass Band (EYMS) delivered a concert that thrilled enthusiasts, prompting excited demands for more as they finally left the stage.
Alan Morrison, their musical director, promised an evening of music for all tastes and he didn't disappoint; there were plenty of delightful surprises and even an unexpected invasion of acid jazz.
Star Lake, however, ensured a traditional start with a march, but this quickly gave way to the familiar Light Cavalry Overture and a stunning performance with grandiose fanfares possessing all the majesty of grand opera.
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Cornet Soloist Trevor Kendall transported us to the golden age of jazz with his evocative tribute to Satchmo, Hoedown conjured picturesque images of the American Wild West and Sir Duke revived memories of 1970's disco.
EYMS is certainly a band that understands the meaning of versatility, skipping from one style or genre to another with all the grace and poise of a ballet dancer.
During the second half of the concert, the emphasis switched to the big band era and a soulful My Funny Valentine featured the seductive tones of trombone soloist Mark Unsworth.
Mayhem and madcap humour from the era of Spike Jones and his City Slickers surfaced during 12th Street Rag, again featuring Mark Unsworth, who slowly dismantled his trombone as he played.
If you think a brass band has only one "sound" then think again, on the Count Basie number Li'l Darlin', EYMS captured all the subtleties and nuances of those great big bands.
Is EYMS the most entertaining brass band in the UK? Well, they certainly get my vote.