In May, Crewe Brass were dealt a devatating blow with the death of our percussionist, Rob "Drummer" Richardson.
Rob had been a stalwart of the band over many years, from the very early youth band days right up to our recent North West Areas contest in February. We didn't know at the time that the contest would be his last performance with us.
As well as Crewe Brass, Rob had been a member of many other bands in the area, notably Cheshire Constabulary Band, The Royal Welch Fusiliers Corps of Drums Association, and Cheshire Drums and Bugles, along with guest performances too numerous to mention across the region and beyond.
He was a real character and advocate of the band, and of brass/percussion music in general, and a dedicated, talented and passionate musician.
Above all he was a friend, whose untimely passing has left a huge void in the band.
Rob, we miss you. Thank you for the music.
On Friday 12th May, players from Barnton Silver Band, City of Wrexham Brass Band, Roberts Bakery Band, Rode Hall Silver Band, Royal Welch Fusiliers Corps of Drums Association, Silk Brass Band, and Warrington Brass joined us at an open rehearsal in memory of Rob.
The massed band played Robert Child's arrangement of Evelyn Glennie's "A Little Prayer", and a selection of hymns including The Day Thou Gavest, Abide With Me and Love Divine.
Two minutes' silence was observed and the evening finished with a touching and emotional performance of Rob's own arrangement of the traditional piece "Calon Lân".
Photographs below are courtesy of Scott Taylor of the Royal Welch Fusiliers Corps of Drums Association.