It was a case of ‘out with the old, in with the new’ as Sleaford Concert Band unveiled its new uniforms at its latest show.
The 2015 New Year Concert was acclaimed by audience members as the band’s best performance in its history.
The band initially appeared on stage at St George’s Academy in its old uniform of waistcoats, white shirts and bow ties, which it has had since its formation in 1998.
After the interval, the curtains were re-opened to reveal the band’s brand new look to wholehearted approval.
The band were introduced by vice president Jack Collings who thanked the organisations, businesses and individuals who had supported the two-year project.
The new uniforms cost £14,000 for the band’s 40 members.
The new look was accepted as a resounding success.
The concert included some guest performers. Malcom Goodman demonstrated the 16ft long alphorn with the Solo Alpine Cowboy, while J. J. Baigent and Phil Richards performed the James Last solo Morning in Cornwall.
Guy Garrett performed Cry me a River, Mr Bojangles, Minnie the Moocher and the audience favourite Don’t Stop Me Know.
Trevor Glenn from The Ruffs had the audience standing in the aisles singing along to his Neil Diamond rendition.
The finale included such highlights as the Radeztsky March, Trisch Trasch Polka and the Blue Danube Waltz and concluded with Thunder and Lighting Polka which received a standing ovation.
The band had to play two encores of the Lincolnshire Poacher in response to the audience’s applause.
The band will be producing a commemorative photograph of the event.
It will be available by calling 07739 340661.