It has been a long time since the band played a concert in the Auditorium. The last concert for Santa Cecilia was 2019 so there was a lot of making up to be done.
First off, the new musicians from 2020 and 2021 had to be introduced to the band, then there were honours for those musicians who had made outstanding contributions.
With the presentations over, the band struck up with a pasadoble followed by a comprehensive programme that totalled just over 49 minutes of music.
You can listen to the concert via this link
As I have already mentioned in a previous post, the speech this year was given by Christopher Riley, the only English person left playing with the band. He kept us all spellbound for over 21 minutes with an account of his time with SUMB - punctuated by humour and appreciation for the help the members of the band had given him.
Two things to take away from his speech, "never wear new shoes when taking part in a procession around Orihuela" and "the real location for the band is NOT in the Auditorium but in the Pizza take away across the street".
To round off the celebrations, we had the traditional meal that follows Santa Cecilia. This year it was at Camping La Pedrera (very handy for Pam and I!).
I can honestly say it was one of the best meals we have enjoyed with the band. The food was excellent and of course, the company was outstanding.
A huge thanks to Alfonso and the rest of SUMB for both a wonderful concert and a wonderful afternoon.