On Tuesday 5th February, the Central Band of the RAF band came to Newquay Tretherras to perform a variety of recognisable compositions for staff and students.
The ensemble, conducted by Warrant Officer Terry Gardner, consisted of about twenty RAF service people alongside fifteen of Tretherras’ own Jazz Band members.
The orchestra played a number of popular arrangements including the themes from ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’, ‘The Simpsons’ and ‘James Bond’. They also played the song ‘Lean Forward, Lean Backward’ which had the audience fully engaged as they were asked to copy the actions of the conductor. Students from St. Columb Minor Academy made up part of the audience happily taking part in all the audience participation moments.
At one point, music teacher Rhian Knight was invited to conduct the band whilst around a hundred students took part in a conga line around the hall.
Jono Knight, head of Music at Tretherras said, “It was a great opportunity for the musical community in school to hear a first class military band play, but also for the more experienced Jazz Band members to work side by side with high calibre professionals.”
Tom Lutery, a Year 11 student commented, “It was nerve wracking but also exhilarating to play trombone with the band, especially as we hadn’t seen the music in advance.”
Later this year, the Tretherras Jazz Band players are looking to visit the band’s base in Northolt to learn more about a career in music with the RAF.