The band’s new look

Following some great hard work by the committee, I am pleased to be able to show you the new logo for Camberley and District Silver Band!

The logo was brought to life by Tim McNicol, a graphic designer for Embrya Studio, who came up with this fantastic concept:

The idea behind the design was to create a fun, almost light hearted look to the design, without it feeling childish or cartoony. We avoided the more traditional or script fonts and opted for a bolder typeface which is simple and easy to read without being too corporate and cold. Utilising the band colours of gold, teal and black, the end result is a well balanced and compact logo which will work well for a wide range of purposes.

And we love it! Look out for the logo making an appearance around Surrey, Berkshire and Hampshire over the summer. And if you want your own logo, go check out Embrya studio’s site.

Thank you for a successful Supper Concert

Last night the band hosted our Supper Concert at Crowthorne Methodist Church, and I am pleased to report that thanks to the hard work of the band members and our willing assistants, it was a big success!

Visitors from far and wide came to hear a hugely varied performance of “light entertainment” music, ranging from modern pieces and arrangements through to older and well-loved music.

I am building a bit of a reputation for digging out interesting stories about the pieces of music we are playing (even if the links from one to the other are a bit tenuous at times) – as well as going on a bit in between pieces! But there is one story I didn’t get to share last night which I would like to share now is about our opening piece of the evening, Alford’s Colonel Bogey march.

Here’s the “conductor’s score” for the march – if you look carefully it is old enough to have been stamped with the band’s original name, before we changed it back!

On the night I told the story about how the piece was made famous by the movie Bridge over the River Kwai, and you can see the scene from the movie here:

But there is another story, which is of how the piece got its title – and it’s all to do with golf!

When golf was just starting out as a sport, it is said that one player would whistle in two pitches rather than shouting “fore” – going down a minor third. This is the first two notes of each phrase of the Colonel Bogey march.

But what about the dear Colonel himself? According to golf lore, he never actually existed as a real person! In Coventry in the early stages of the game’s popularity, instead of scoring against the people in their own group, golfers came up with the idea of scoring against a mysteriously consistent and average player. The concept of “par” had just been invented, and so this imaginary player was said to score a “bogey”, or one over par, on each hole of the course – hence their consistently average performance. But the Coventry players, who were all men in the military, insisted that the imaginary player have a military rank just as all of the other members of the club did. And for someone who played so much golf, they must be very important – hence the assigned rank of Colonel, and the birth of Colonel Bogey!

BBC Radio Berkshire

Wenni and I were also on (very briefly!) the Peachy Quest programme of BBC Radio Berkshire just before 11am on the concert day. Sadly they didn’t complete their quest and make it to the venue in time, but they did come and say hello and put a video and photo up online.

Listen to the show on the Radio iPlayer or you can listen to the excerpt below:


The history of Camberley and District Silver Band, now online

Since we re-launched the website, there has been a placeholder on our History page.

In the 56 years the band has achieved a huge amount, and to document that two books of the band’s history have been produced; one covering 1960-1985, and another covering 1985 to 2010. These are an absolute treasure-trove of images, stories and history of this band which has played such a big part in the community over the years.

Band members in 1977

I am very pleased to now be able to make the content of these documents available to everyone to read online. You can view them either as web pages (1960-1985 / 1985-2010) or as PDF documents (1960-1985 / 1985-2010), which are faithful digital reproductions of the original paper books.

Please do take a moment to read through these pages – they are fascinating insight into the history of this brilliant band.