Wilf Fawcett now lives at a care facility. We recently played there and managed to do a photo which includes new band members.
During the past few months, we have added Alan Casselman on piano and Cam Northcott on Guitar.
It turns out to be a tricky deal to have a piano player as we are never sure if the piano where we play is in tune, or if they even have one.
Cam is a multi-instrumentalist. He also took up the electric bass for our rehearsals. We usually have either Harold Hoodless on String Bass, or Graham Parkes on Tuba. Cam also plays flute and is planning to get back to his clarinet.
Even before Wilf Fawcett retired from the band, we began a search for someone to eventually take over from Wilf. It was a tough two, or so years of searching. We tried four clarinet players, however for various reasons, they did not stay on.
We now have taxman Roly Pretty to fill the clarinet chair. He is not with us yet because he had loaned his clarinet out to a family member and it came back damaged. It has now been repaired and he is practicing to get his clarinet playing skills back after many years off.
Sometime after Christmas and New Year season, we hope to have a regular String Bass player, however, that announcement will come in the future.