JUNE HIGHLIGHTS June brought probably the most memorable events of the year. At the start of the month the RBL presented the Windsor Spinks Memorial Trophy to the Band in acknowledgement for their RBL work in 1991. The presentation took place at the Radcliffe Infirmary in Oxford whilst they were playing as part of the opening celebrations for a new specialist unit . (Departments at the hospital have a long history of treating servicemen's injuries.)
The following week the Band had the honour of leading the Charter Parade through Banbury where the new Town Mayor congratulated them on their achievements.
At the close of the month the Band paraded in central London for the first time.
The occasion was National Music Day and was also held to celebrate the Queen's 40th accession to the throne. What a special day it was.
A picnic in St James's Park preceded final preparations and the march across to Horseguards Parade. Some 120 Youth Bands from all over the country formed up to be formally inspected by their HRH's The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester. The parade itself meant bands left the parade grounds at one minute intervals and marched down The Mall, gave the salute at the Victoria Monument at Buckingham Palace before returning to Horseguards via Birdcage Walk. A very famous route and one greatly enjoyed by everyone.
TYMBA EVENTS The decision to join TYMBA was proving a very good one. Its motto of ' There are no strangers in TYMBA only friends we have yet to meet '. was being felt in deed as well as word. In September the Band joined with 12 other Midland Bands at Tattoo'92. This was held in Birmingham and was TYMBA Midlands Region 1992 showcase. All enjoyed a busy day and whilst the weather could have been better the public were treated to some excellent youth music. Also in September the Band competed, for a second time, at the South of England Youth Marching Band Contest held at Hickstead . Once again the Band performed well, learned much, and came away with one trophy, this time for percussion, despite poor Elaine's drumskin exploding half way through the performance.
SOCIAL Church House in Bodicote rocked to the party sounds of Bezz, Sam, and Andy as the Band celebrated Christmas in fine form. The party held in early December proved very popular and even gained the Band some recruits.