Friday, May 14, 2010

Hello from Dean

G'day all, just thought I'd drop a quick line from the warm and sunny place I call home for the next three months! I just managed to get access to the band website and I've gotta say the band is looking magnificent these days. The new uniforms are so much smarter than the old ones it looks like there's about twenty years between when the photos were taken! Unfortunately my uniform here looks a little more drab but you get that when you go with practicality and necessity I guess.

I finally got onto the site here and when I saw all the photos and caught up with the news I thought I ought to try to contribute a little. I've tried to attach some picture of our dawn Service so I hope they travel through and open up ok. It was a little less elaborate and i woke up the next day a whole lot less tired and feeling worse for wear, but very moving and special to be part of. We had learned that morning of the deaths of three Kiwis in the tragic Iroquois accident in New Zealand and so things here were a little more emotional than they normally would've been. It was a very worthwhile experience playing here on that day and, as Craig and Andy Summers would know, the ramp ceremonies just seem to keep coming unfortunately.

Anyway, hope you're all still enjoying playing, I should be back around August but I'm not saying exactly in case I jinx myself. Take care and I'll see you all on my return.



Tanundapiper said...

Good to hear from you Dean, and good to hear that you are safe.

Yes the band seems to be going full steam ahead at the moment. The updating of the uniform has been widely remarked on. Since you went overseas we have had a remarkable influx of new members (a coincidence I'm sure) with 9 new people( a mixture of experienced and learners) attending practice. We're looking forward to seeing you back.

All the best.

-Peter W

CEPB member said...

G'day Deano,
Good to see you practising! Not keen on your outfit though. We've got a nice blue shirt tucked away for you for when you get back - you can look snappy just like the rest of us. The Band did look pretty smart on Anzac Day - didn't sound too bad either, which was good as we managed to get quite good coverage on TV.
As Peter said, we're getting quite a few newcomers along to practices, but we'll keep the 'no standing' sign on your spot until you get back.
Good to hear from you - keep in touch.