Prices CCF and Band
David Goldring writes about the CCF and Band:
The set of Price’s CCF photos enclosed with this contact cover the 6 years I was in the Band, with some extras. I some cases names now elude me and so, if you know whose name is missing, please get in touch.
For some, the CCF years were not the best loved times of their lives, but for others, it was an enjoyable part of life at Price’s and I enjoyed all my years in the Band, functioning in all sections in over 50 formal Parades. The many who spent time in the Band also, their time and effort, reliability and willingness to improve made the Band a well-performing unit, most of the time. I have seen a lot of Youth and Cadet bands in recent years and only when some gather together does the overall performance look good. Mostly, they are small. That is not to criticize other Bands, but is a reality of modern times. The uptake of instrument playing has declined a lot. But we had good numbers and made a decent effort to look smart. As I grew older, it was my task every now and then, to have to tighten the ropes of the drums in order to get a decent playing surface, as well as clean my own. Modern Drums are much easier to care for, and they are lighter, too. As a young lad, I looked up to the seniors and they acted a role model throughout. We were left largely to our own devices at band Practise nights and on Parade. Seldom had the company of an Officer or the occasional Bob Jarman.
Photo 1- looks like a General Inspection Parade , in 1968 , after my times (55-62). Notice how slim everyone is cf an equivalent group today! Names for the 8 visible faces?
2 – Headmaster George Ashton and O.C. Lt Col. Tom Hilton Inspecting. I think 1956. Charles Evans 2nd right. Others?
3 – I think this was my first Parade - Sunday 24th February, 1957, West St., Fareham. Baden Powell Centenary Parade. Can any one fill in the missing names?
4 - A modern replica of the shoulder flash. I had it made for the 2008 Exhibition
5 – myself in 1958, 1959 and 1962. Modern drums do not have the brass shells and are much lighter, also with screw-tension fastening cf the rope-tensioned drums like this.
6 - I think the front row of drummers was: myself, Spud Tanner, and ? to the right of the Bass Drum is Hugh Roddis, I think. C. 1958? Wherabouts?
7 – At the 1962 Portchester Gala, along with 2 other ACF bands, but we didn’t play ensemble!
8 – 1962 Band NCOs
9 – 1962 Drum Section. Missing names?
11 – A very good, clear image of the RAF section at Camp – whereabouts? Any details of what has happened to these guys?
12 – A contrast in the size of the modern Band of Light Cavalry Bass Drum and that of the old, defunct Tytherington Church Band Drum. The latter was seen as a pile of disconnected and incomplete parts in the local Museum. I took it to Aldershot to get it reassembled at George Potters from where we got our CCF Band stuff. A new, 32” velum head was needed, complete new ropes and frogs, and sticks. It took a year to get it done! The L.C. Band came to my local carnival twice in 2008 and 2009.
13 – good image of Cyril / “Biscuits” – never did wear his cap properly! What happened to Mr Gilbert?
14 – Band in 1943 – looks to have about 9 players
Does anyone know what happened to the Mace?
It would be good to hear from any former Band members, and especially from former CCF members who made the Services an important part of their later life. Think of writing a simple CV and attach a picture of your Price's years and of you later in life.