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Veteran band members to play free concert

Taking the stage: Charles Jeffers played trombone for the Regiment’s band

Veteran bandsmen from the Bermuda Regiment are to stage a special concert this weeken.

About 40 former soldiers from the Regiment’s band and corps of drums will perform in Hamilton’s Victoria Park on Sunday in a “give back” show as part of the force’s 50th anniversary celebrations.

The Bermuda Regiment Alumni Band will team up with the Blues Beat Band, also made up of former soldiers, and serving Sergeant Major Chauncey Durham on vocals for the one-off event.

Charles Jeffers, a former trombone player in the Regiment band, said four of the performers were original bandsmen when the unit was formed in 1965.

“We have been rehearsing hard and it looks like it will be a great concert,” he said.

“The band is going to be very strong and probably larger than the Bermuda Regiment Band is now.”

The performers include original Bermuda Regiment band members, retired Majors Leslie Lowe and Raymond Smith, and former NCO Robert Lambe, as well as Mr Jeffers. Conducting will be shared by former bandmaster Major Barrett Dill and Maj. Lowe.

The master of ceremonies will be the prominent cricket commentator and former Regiment band member, Shawn Tucker.

The concert will start at 4pm on Sunday and is free, although donations can be made to the Bermuda Regiment Charitable Trust.