On Sunday 1th June 2014 Selsey marked the 70th anniversary of D-Day with the vibrant and exciting Selsey D-Day Festival and George’s Regis Jazz Band came along to help the afternoon go with a swing.
The band were joined in the marquee by Jayne Darling who also sang with the band at the end of the afternoon. See the band’s calendar for more opportunities to meet the band. Playing a great repertoire of music popular at the time, the band were able to add a great nostalgic atmosphere to the occasion.
There are many numbers in the band’s repertoire that are very much of the era of D-Day and therefore ideal for the Selsey D-Day Festival. Here is an interesting page featuring the music that the band plays.
Jazz at Selsey D-Day Festival
Strolling jazz bands are ideal for events such as festivals as the band is fully mobile and able to reach all corners of the venue without concern for cables or amplification. George’s Regis Jazz Band played both in the marquee and as a strolling band during the festivities.
With a strolling band, all of the instruments must be portable. Instead of a double bass, the bass player may play a sousaphone or the band may bring in a bass drum. Instead of a full drum kit, the drummer will often use a cut-down portable set. Instruments such as the piano are too large to move let alone carry but the clarinet, saxophone, trumpet and banjo are perfectly at home in a strolling setting.
Selsey D-Day Festival Line-up
The line up for the Selsey D-Day Festival was: George Bennett on drums, Derek Little on clarinet, Dave Rogers on double bass, Chris Newman on piano and bass drum and Pete Dorday on trumpet.
For the strolling sets, George swapped his full drum kit for a portable set. Chris Newman traded his piano for a bass drum and cymbal. Derek Little played clarinet and Pete Dorday trumpet in both the marquee and strolling sets. The strolling band doesn’t use amplification but it does reach parts of the festival that the static band may not so using both styles together gives the best of both worlds and worked particularly well for the Selsey D-Day Festival.
Selsey D-Day Festival Fund Raising
The Selsey D-Day Festival set out to raise funds for Help for Heroes but it was also a great opportunity for the community to come together and enjoy a lively and vibrant afternoon.
While stallholders contributed their takings to Help for Heroes, veteran Joe Roddis, author of the book “In Support of the Few”, was on hand to sign copies of his book and donated the proceeds from sales of his book to the Apuldram Centre.
Joe Roddis also paid for the grand finale air display having arranged for a visit by a Harvard from Goodwood Airfield to over fly the town in the evening.
Organisers Teresa Spencer and Lynn Reeves were delighted with the Selsey D-Day Festival after months of hard work planning the event.