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  1. A history lesson.  The story starts back in the day of the Flintstones, moves through the Tudor period and then on towards the era of Churchill's War and beyond to our intergalactic future.  They are fighting over the horn, as it evolves from bone to a highly refined instrument.  And of course the ever present thorn in their side is the pernicious percussionist, who leads them a merry dance and whose beat they cannot resist so they lead a hue and cry.

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  2. Each year, Matt Watling, HMS tutor, co-director of HCJB, and an ex HCYB member himself, pulls together a band of HMS staff and HCYB alumni.  It shows band members what they can aim towards and achieve. 

    Here is this year's ensemble:

    Jim Potter, Trumpet, Birmingham Conservatoire (ex HCYB)
    Jock McKenzie, Trumpet (HMS)
    Rachael Crossen (HMS, ex HCYB)
    Adam Denman, Trumpet, Welsh College of Music (ex HCYB)
    Alex Stead, Horn, Royal Welsh College of Music (ex HCYB)
    Mark Streather, HMS
    Jon Cranston (HMS, ex HCYB)
    Nick Armstrong, Trinity College of Music (ex HCYB)
    Matthew Watling, Euphonium, Royal Northern College of Music (HMS, ex HCYB)
    Tom Barton, Euphonium, Royal College of Music  (ex HCYB)
    Ben Watling, Trombone, Trinity College, (ex HCYB)

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  3. Every year, band alumnus Matt Watling pulls together an ensemble he calls 'Matt Watling and Friends'.  The friends comprise HMS staff and ex HCYB members, both of which now describe Matt.

    It gives HCYB current members aspiration and sets an example of high standard.  It is always entertaining and contains a varied repertoire.  Long may it continue.

    This year, Matt Watling and Friends comprise a mixture of HMS staff and ex HCYB members:

    Jim Potter, studying trumpet at Birmingham conservertoire
    Jock McKenzie (no intro needed)
    Rachael Crossen (HMS staff)
    Adam Denman, trumpet graduate of Welsh College of Music
    Alex Stead (HMS staff)
    Mark Streather (HMS staff)
    Jon Cranston (HMS staff, ex HCYB)
    Nick Armstrong, at Trinity College of Music
    Matthew Watling, graduate of Royal Northern College of Music on Euphonium (HMS staff, ex HCYB)
    Tom Barton, graduate of Royal College of Music on Trombone (ex HCYB)
    Ben Watling, graduate of Trinity College on Trombone (ex HCYB)

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