R.A.O.C. STAFF BAND
Hall Of Fame
( hosted by Stewart Field )
This first section is set up in memory of all ex members of the R.A.O.C. Staff Band
who I've learnt are sadley no longer with us-
Hello Lynne Smyth here.
Thank you so much to all of you who wrote lovely messages to Chris before he died. I was able to read them out to him and they meant a lot to him. His funeral will be on 15th June 3.45 at Aldershot crematorium. You're all welcome and back here at home afterwards (Ambleside Close Mytchett). Lynne xxx
John Young & John'Sherry' Sheringham.(Bill Lil
still going strong!
Gordon Codd,Jo McCulloch & Don Phillimore.
Syd 'Gussie' Thorn and Bill Barrowcliffe.
L/R - Syd 'Gussie' Thorn and wife Betty,(John Taylor, John Henson still going strong)& Bill Barrowcliffe.
Chris Smyth (My old sparing partner... R.I.P 31/05/2016)
Dave Smith -LEFT.
Les Baker(No further details)
Ian'Titch"Watkinson(Age75-no picture as yet.)
I've just started this page therefore, it's very much still under construction..........so.....any comments you would like to post on this page or indeed any pics you would like to contribute, please contact Stewart Field on - 01773 740264 or email- firstname.lastname@example.org
It would be great to hear from you!
I thought I'd start with a bit of Military Band/bugling history. Thanks to Doug Leeming (a fellow French Horn player) for the photos.
I have recently received some wonderful photos from ex- band member Peter Smith M.B.E. So I am dedicating the first section of this page to all who served with Peter and those musicians photographed therein. Peter also graciously sent some photo's belonging to David his brother, who I had the pleasure of serving with, and who's untimely death was a shock to us all. If anyone knows the names of guys who have not been mentioned please feel free to drop me a line with name and any details .
Owing to recent contributions from Bill Barrowcliffe(who sadley passed away peacefully on 17/12/2013), Bill Lilley, Giles Bodoano, Rosemarie Young and of course P.B,S. I have extended the original date parameters of 196?/1974. This is followed by a an overview of 'Life after the R.A.O.C' and a few pics of some of the talented and interesting guys I've met and worked with over the years..............any further pictorial or editorial documents gratefully received and returned post haste!
This is a recently developed print from a neg sent in by P.B.Smith of the R.A.O.C. Band on H.M. Coronation. The R.A.O.C. are at the back, left, and we believe the other band on the right was the R.A.S.C...not sure though. In front are two RAF Bands. Major Henry Jarman can be seen on the left flank.
RAOC Portsmouth Barracks Hilsea.
Tom Brownlow, Ginger Morgan, John Skinner, P.B.Smith, Tom Carter, John Young, Ron Bishop.
Tom Brownlow, Busty White, Frank Beaumont, Frank Lamb, Ken Webb, Tom Carter, John Skinner.
Back Row - Frank Lamb, Tom Carter, P.B.Smith, Jim Buck, Jock McKie. Middle Row - Chris Jacobs.. ?. Ken Webb. Front Row - John Sherringham, Jock Connell, Hopkins, Alan Clark, D. Scrase.
Below - Cass Kelly,Tom Carter, P.B.Smith & Jack Watley.
'PB' &Frank 'Sax' Baldwin.
'PB' & Frank Lamb
Roger Churchill - oboe.
Peter B. Smith &Tom Carter
Peter B. Smith & John Sherry
Ron Bishop, Henry Dean & Oskar Gove.
Party For Orphans Given By RAOC Staff Band (I think I recognise D/maj Vincent 2nd in from the right....Any one recognise anybody or know what year?)
Back row - ?. ?. ?. ?. Lofty Davis, BobWarner Titch Cocker, ?. 3rd Row - ?. ?. Ginger Watkins, Henry Dean, John SherringHam, ?. Mick Sparkes. ?. ?. 2nd Row - Joe Coombes, ?. Cyril Cross, Jock McKie, ?. Lewis, Tom Carter,D/Major, ?. P.B.Smith,?.?.?.?. Front Row - Busty White, Jack Harper, John Young, Maj.Fred Goddard, Brig.?. Col.Tobin, Gus Thorn, Frank Lamb,?.
Below are a few photo's belonging to Dave Smith and given to Peter who has kindly allowed us to put them on the site. I don't have much information about most of these so if anyone would like to send me any details I'll put it with the appropriate photo.
Below -Alan Clark
An historic Photo Of David taking part in SPORT!!
A flute player with great ambition?
Back Row - Bill Barrowcliffe (center) - Gordon Codd to Bill's right- - John Sherringham (far right) Who are the others??
Below -Brighton Bandstand 1950
L/R - Syd 'Gussie' Thorn and wife Betty,John Taylor, John Henson & Bill Barrowcliffe.
RAOC Band getting ready to record at BBC Maida Vale Studio,London.
Below - John Sherry (Tenor sax) Dixy Dean (Trumpet) Bill Barrowcliffe (Double Bass) Bill Simpson (Drums) John Young ( Alto Sax)
1950s Dance Band & Major Jarmin with John Young & 'Taf' Lewis(Clts) and Jim Lowdon/Hoskins & Danny Bryan(Cnts)
1966-7? the late Capt. R.A.Y Mitchell D.M.
(Above 1966) The guys I can remember L- R...John Young,Gordon Codd,Jo McCulloch,Rob Kellaway,John Taylor,Bert Fulford,John Henson.
D.M.- Capt. R.A.Y.Mitchell
It really is strange how, things, happen!
Yesterday: I e-mailed a good friend who is currently the Director of Music of Perth Cathedral. As a PS. to my message I asked him if he had come across RAY Mitchell during his time in Australia!
Today: I have just come across your excellent RAOC Band web site which very sadly tells me that ' Ron ' as I knew him, is no more.
We first met in 1962 when I was a 22 year old Lieutenant in the RAOC and had returned to Blackdown prior to going on the AAC pilot course. We became very good friends and in many ways he was a mentor. Having passed the flying course I was able, a few years later, to give him a flight in an Alouette~ [see attached photo].I did not see Ron after he went to Australia, but I have very fond memories of him.
On Leaving the RAOC Capt. Mitchell became Squadron Leader R.A.Y. Mitchell of the Royal Australian Air Force ( our loss, their gain) here receiving a Gold Disc for sales in excess of 1 Million of his latest recording!
John Combs & John Sherringham
Bernard Morgan with Pete Bun on Sax
Chris Smyth & Bill Lilley ( August 1970 ) & Chris below playing the Rifle!!
Summer Concert On The Mall
John Young, 'Sherry' & Bill Lilley
Bill Lilley & Ron Brennan
Capt. Duncan Beat. L.V.O. O.St.J. A.R.C.M. psm.
What a line up -Bill Lilley,Chris Smyth, Danny Bryan, Henry Clydesdale, Ken Johnson & Lawrence Warburton.
Bill & 'Bo'
John Sherry & Bill Lilley
Above - Are Bill Barrowcliffe, Don Phillimore, Fred Lee, Bill Castle, Bernard Morgan & Dave Smith. I think this was taken at the 'Gaslight Club' in Hong Kong,1969 far east tour.
John Combs, George Young and Yours Truly...Hong Kong Tour 196?
Allan Clark, yours truly & 'Bo - ' Singapore recording studio session - 196?
Green Room Band Call - Allan Clark, 'Bo' And Stewart Field(me) talking through the dots with 'The Caravelles' (' Gonna Get along Without You Now' etc.)
Alexandra Barracks, Singapore 196?
Above- - Pete Bun & John Sherringham.
Below - Ron Brennan, Barry Collison, Bert Fulford, Pete Bun, Joe McCulloch, Danny Bryan.
Above - Pete Bun & fellow French Horn Player Bill Price.
Below -Ken Johnson, Dave Green, 'BO' Henry Clydesdale, Pete Humphries, Gibby Harrison, Steve Campion and Paul Tynan kneeling.
Gibby, Lawrence Warbuton, Henry Clydesdale & Paul Tynan
A rare shot of John Henson's back during our flight back home
Alan'Nobby'Clark & David Smith.
My first gig with the 'Blue Rockets' when the R.A.O.C. received the freedom of Nottingham playing my new 1968 Fender Jazz bass which I still have although we're both showing signs of ageing!
One of the many line-ups of the newly formed 'Blue Rockets' also known as The Neil James Sound' for civilian gigs.
?? - George Young (Drum Major) ?? - John Henson, Mike Eastwood, Dave Smith. Knelling - Edward Heath, Les Baker.
Below - Dave Smith, John Taylor, George Ridley & George Young.
Below - Alan & 'Sparky' 1973
'Lakeside Club' Frimley - Resident Band
Keys -Greg White. Bass/MD Pete Skinner. Trombone - Alex Kettlewell. Tpt - Bill Lilley.
Alto/Tenor - Dave Green & playing Drums the late Steve Harris.
The late Chuck Butler with Bill Lilley & Bob Nicholson
A more recent recording of the band(1989)
(L/Cpl R.S. Smith - an original painting by M.J. Henderson)
Mrs. Anna Mitchell (wife of Capt. Mitchell) with daughters Susan & Heidi, June 2003
Below the late...'Bill Barrowcliffe' with Anna & Susan/Anna & Heidi.
What ever became of...........
Sgt. Ron Bishop. ex Royal Sussex. NCO i/c Boys & Solo Clarinet.
Frank Lamb. Bandmaster 2nd Paras
Peter B. Smith. M.B.E. Coldstream Guards -Bandmaster QRIH.
Ken Webb -Coldstream Guards.
Tom Brownlow - Irsh Guards.
Titch Cocker - Irish Guards
Bill Lilley -Trumpet with BBC Scottish Radio Orch/Maynard Ferguson Band
(let me know if you can update this section)
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT - George Young was somewhat bemused to learn of his untimely demise. After a fascinating conversation with John, his son, it gives me the greatest of pleasure to announce that George is very much alive and well at 80...playing 18 holes of golf a Day! .....every Day!!.....................now that's what I call a resurrection!!! Good 'on ya' George!!!!
Had a surprise visit from my old friend Alan Tadier the other day and he kindly donated the below images from his album. Some of the guys are after my time so I haven't been able to put all the names in but hopefully they will bring back some fond memories for all of you who remember these guys.......... or is it you in the photos???
(More 'candid' pictures over the coming weeks)
Alan, Bill Price and Bedford 3 tonner
Cyprus second tour..Gibby & 'The Mob'
' Bo' & ' Mungo'
Berlin- Pete Griffin & Paul Tynan
???????........................................Ken Jhonson, Dave Smith & ????
??????????????????????????????????????????????...........Ted Heath,Bill Price,Don Philimore,John Brooks & Dudley Bond.
John Brooks & ?? ..............................................................John Sherry(I think)& Bert Fulford
Drop me a line if you can put a name to any of the above guys?
RAOC Hockey Team Sept- May 81
Below R.A.O.C. Re-Union(top photo, L-R. Bill Price, Bernard Morgan, Stewart Field & Lesley Field)
KNELLER HALL AND BEYOND
( This section is in fond memory memory and admiration of Eric Delaney - Steve Harris & Barry Simmons, Drummers unique and masters of their craft!)
TOP THREE HORNS AT KNELLER HALL 1970/71 !!??
FAST FORWARD!!....BELOW September 2012-Prom 59:Trombone Section - John Wilson Orchestra— with Mark Nightingale, Gordon Campbell, Liam Kirkman and Andy Wood at Royal Albert Hall.
Royal Military School of Music Kneller Hall Dance Band - Private Function at E.M.I. Records, Hayes.
Then the first thing you do when you leave the Army is..........GROW HAIR AND FORM A BAND!!!
Back Row- Henry Clydesdale, Barry Simmonds,Alan Clarke - Front Row - John Sherry,Lesley Field, Stewart Field.
Barry Simmonds - drums
Then you get a job with another band or 2 or 3 or 4-..........??
Resident Band - Bristol Tiffanys (Late 70's)
John Sherry. Henry Clydesdale. Nigel Smith. Lesley Field. John Ward. Me. Marion Clydesdale.
Me/Lesley/Steve Harris - drums/Joy Brown/Simon Fricker-Kys/Clive Allsopp
(Opening night Police Ball at ' Butterley Police Headquarters, Ripley)
Opening night Police Ball at ' Butterley Police Headquarters
Eric Delaney 1984/5 & Chico Arnez 1977/83 - ( I have recently been informed that Chico Arnez [aka. Jack Davies] passed away a few years ago...my deepest condolences to Tammy,Candy Margaret and all his Family.
Above- Gavin Spowat (Tpt) Me (Bass) 'Fergus' (Kys)
Yours truly, Chico Arnez(Jack Davies) & Colin Portious(Guitar)
In session at BBC Maida Vale Studios
Relaxing between Gigs in Monaco at the Beach Plaza Hotel
Margaret(vox)Chico,Graham Ratcliff(tpt) & Lee Slater(tnr).
Chico,Graham(tpt) Me(bass),my wife Lesley(vox) & Margaret(vox)
Those were the days! Dave Buxton, My Wife and I, Gerry Bishop & Ian Cunnignham(Jock)
Me good self and my wife Lesley plus Linda Dawson and my very good friend Clive Allsopp
Below - I have just received some great pics, from an OLD friend of mine 'RON COOPER' who I played with some years ago with amongst others JIMMY CRAWFORD, of a couple of the artists we have both performed with over the years.....
Above - Eartha Kit, who I worked with at CHURCHILLS CLUB in New Bond Street W1.
Commodore International, Nottingham - Resident Band (1978-84)
Keys-Barry Farnsworth. Vox- Lesley Field & Lin Arnold. Drum's-Russell Heaton. Bass/Trumpet-Me. Bass/Guitar-Mike Robinson..........front line when we could afford it!!!
Augment - Rod Arnold-vocals( also Mansfield Town Goalkeeper) Dave Hinson & Don Owen-Trumpets. Owen & Michelle-Saxs Steve Draper-Keys
Derby Assembly Rooms Gig (heavily pregnant Lesley)
On tour with Robert Young (Mansfield Civic Theatre)
MD/Bass- Stewart Field. Keys - Nigel Danford. Dms - Frank Davey. Tpt- Colin Yates. Tbne - Ian Richards. Tnr - Owen'Eddy' Edwards. (197?)
VE Night Gig - Colin Cox Big Band
Myself & Steve Cox on Drums
Lesley & Ian Richards (same gig)
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This section is In Fond Memory of Ike Isaacs & Jim Burns (Burns Guitars)
Ike Isaacs & Poacher along with John Lomas( Managing Director) & my good self holding the other end of the banner!
Stewart Field(again) the Late Jim Burns and Ike Isaacs along with Martin Taylor, check out Jim's latest models.
Testing the gear out, ready for the Randall/Antoria/Ibanez tour
This is me trying desperately to keep up with MartinTaylor and Roy Sainsbury! ......... Had a surprise call from Roy today.....he's still a 'mover & shaker' on the scene! Click Here For Roy's Website...it's a great read!
I wonder what Martin was thinking of my attempt at a solo!?
Not impressed....so I'll hand it back to the Masters! ' Ike & Martin'
And just incase any of you thought that forgetting your guitar meant you couldn't do the gig....think again!
And so to the bar.................
Jim Burns along with Myself, Martin Taylor, Mike Freer(World Champion UNDERWATER Drummer) and Ike at theLakeside Club, Frimley for a demonstartion/promotion.
Quick Update from Martin's Facebook entry1/09/2012...
Martin Taylor Mbe.
Rehearsing the 'Spirit of Django Orchestral Suite' with the Britten Sinfonia for tomorrow nights concert at the Royal Albert Hall. It's amazing to hear my themes orchestrated by Guy Barker and played by a full symphony orchestra and big band. Need to have a lunch break to come off cloud 9 for a few minutes and get my breath back. Astonishing noise!
Below - A Few Endorsements
Me and Dave Pegg "Peggy" ( Fairport Convention & Jethro Tull etc. )197?
I had the dubious honour of being a 'Dykon'....the Group that during the 60's were very big (ahead of the Beatles in the charts at one point!) in both it's own right and for their front man/vocalist Dave Kaye, bearing a striking resemblance vocally to Elvis. In fact Dave appeared in a film featuring Elvis and also has strong links even today with the Elvis fan club. I have pasted below a copy of a letter Dave still has written by Elvis to President Nixon (thought some of you might find it interesting?) 'DAVE KAYE & THE DYKONS' 199? Malcolm Froggart (Drums) Ian Gilbert (Keys) 'DAVE KAYE' Mike Robinson(Guitar) Stewart Field (Bass Guitar)
A Gig At The REGAL in Ripley!!....Rob Bradley (Guitar) Malc Froggart.(Drums) Debs & Tanya (B/Vs) Me (Bass)
Elvis Presley's letter to President Nixon pages 1-5 + 6 the printed version, he apologised to Nixon when he met him, for the handwriting, he said it was turbulence as he'd written it on the plane.! Nixon's typed copy at the end.
This is me in athe Rik Gaynor ELVIS tribute band trying to do an impression of Elvis's bass player.....the great Jerry Scheff......
(DEMO)Elvis Is Back In The Building (DEMO)
The band alsao features Alan Wormald on Guitar(SHAKATAK)as M.D.
(Below)Getting to grips with the desk in the early 90s
Below - Doing my Simon Cowell impersonation?
Checking out a few"horny" overdubs...............
My Latest Projects...........https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1AXZS74FMx4
Local Recording Studio Signs with Virgin
Meadow Farm Studio
is celebrating 35 years of recording this year, 24 of which have been in Lower
Hartshay, Derbyshire. Stewart Field, the Studios owner, has a wide and varied
musical background starting as a Cornet player in Dove Holes Silver Band. He
then joined the Royal Army Ordnance Corps Staff Band (R.A.O.C.) as a French
Horn player doubling on String Bass. He then attended The Royal Military School
Of Music Kneller Hall, studying under Alfred Cursue (4th Horn/Dennise Brain
Quartet) gaining the required qualifications for the Student Bandmaster course.
Whilst at Kneller Hall Stewart put his own Big Band together, which included
fellow student Gordon Campbell on Trombone, and supported the Maynard Ferguson
band for a live BBC recording. Stewart has recently taken up French horn again,
after a 30 plus years break, playing/touring with 'The Phoenix Concert Band'
with Stephen Barton being principal French horn.
He later left the military to tour with such artistes as Frankie Vaughan, Eric Delaney, Chico Arnez, The English Philharmonic Orchestra, Tony Christy & Martin Taylor (currently voted worlds number 1 jazz guitarist) as well as recording for the BBC, both in London and Birmingham plus the Charlie Chester show for Granada. He later worked at the 'Lakeside Club' in Camberley with such names as Freddie Cole (Nats brother) The Brothers Lees, Tommy Cooper and Lesley Crowther to name but a few, He then played Bass in the resident band at 'Churchill's Club' in New Bond Street were he had the pleasure of working with such names as Eartha Kit, Juliet Prowse (co-star with Elvis Presley in G.I.Blues) and the infamous Bernard Manning. He then became Musical Director of Dagenham Silver Prize Band and also the now closed Commodore International Club in Nottingham. During his time at the Commodore, were he doubled on Bass Guitar & Trumpet, he had the pleasure of working with and meeting many artists including, Gerry Marsden, Gene Pitney, Marti Caine, Bob Monkhouse, Duncan Norvelle(chase me!) The Nolan Sisters,Ken Dodd and Les Dennis. In the early 70's Stewart was responsible along with Tony Adamson (Clarity Music) for bringing the name Karaoke into the country and recording the First Backing tapes. For this the studio was black listed by the Musicians Union for a short time until backing tracks/Karaoke became accepted and the studio became prolific in recording tracks with real musicians (as opposed to midifile/sequenced tracks) In the late 70's Stewart took a sideways step and formed his own company, in conjunction with Leo Fender (Fender guitars) and Don Randall, designer of the worlds first guitar amplifier. The company, called EVERBIMES, which is semibreve spelt backwards, imported G&L Guitars and Randall amps and became a major player on the musical instrument wholesale distribution stage. During this time, in his capacity as marketing manager, Stewart worked with such names as, Rod Stewart, Billy Jo Spears, Peter Gabriel, Boxcar Willy, Genesis, Poacher, The Spinners, Randy California, Sammy Hagar, Ian Anderson(Jethro Tull) Dave Pegg and Fairport Convention, Ruby Murray, Leapy Lee, Wayne Fontana, Tom O'Connor & many more. Infact it was through Dave Pegg that Stewart first caught the studio bug and purchased 'Peggy's' Cropredy studio when Peggy moved to Barford St.Michael. Having been a professional musician for most of his life, Stewart has also played in many shows including, Grease, Spike, Summer Holiday, Fame, Les Miserables We Will Rock You, Back To The 80's. Oliver, Scandalouse, Oz, Forbidden Planet, Disco Inferno, Boogie Nights and recently played Bass Guitar in Jesus Christ Superstar at the Derby Assembly Rooms, alongside Martin Kershaw on guitar.
His Studio has, and is being
used for all types of recordings from productions for John Tams including music
for the TV series Sharpe, music for Peak Practice, working with local maestro
Greg Francis, who directed and produced the Memphis Belle Orchestra recorded
at Meadow Farm, to recording the music for Gulliver's Kingdom's Christmas shows,
Peter Pan for Holiday on Ice (Walt Disney) and the Audio Assist Manuals for
Network Rail. The studio also had the privilege of working with the late Murray
Slater and his Grace Andrew Cavendish, the 11th Duke of Devonshire, along with
the Derbyshire County Youth Windband for the recording of the original music
to celebrate the tercentenary of the Devonshire Dukedom at Chatsworth. More
recently the Studio has just completed CD's for DaleDiva, Rolls Royce Ladies
Choir, The Dalesman Male Voice Choir.The studio has also already been booked
to record ' Voices ' (Derby City Ladies Choir) as well as a 3rd album for Alfreton
Ladies Choir, now renamed 'Sonara' in early 2010.
It was in-between these sessions that Stewart originated the Studio Experience. This he then launched nationally with Red Letter Days with great success some sixteen years ago. Danny Jones (McFly) recorded his debut single 'Silence in The City' a moving song about the tragic events of 9/11, during a studio voucher session. Pete Conway, also known as Robbie Williams Dad, recorded some tracks at the studio and also took demos, written by Martin Kershaw, for Robbie to evaluate. This experience is now available in most major retail stores including Harrods, Debenham's, House of Fraser, etc. and this concept has now been copied nationally by many studios, large and small. In 2005 Stewart signed a contract with Activity Superstore which puts the Studio in WH Smiths, Argos & Boots as well as on line with Amazon, experiencemad.co.uk giftexperience.com monsteractivitydays.co.uk findmeagift.com and many more.
In 2006 the Studio signed a similar contract with Virgin and is now included in their Experience brochure. Infact Meadow Farm is represented by more retailers and agencies than any other recording studio and is exclusively featured in the 'Ultimate Gift Experiences' guide 2006. The Studio has three full time qualified engineers, all attaining degrees at either Manchester, Leicester or Staffordshire Universities. Although responsible in part for the rise of Karaoke, the studio experience is anything but Karaoke. The session begins with an informative overview of studio techniques, with one of three qualified engineers, and the recording scene in general, moving onto the session of choice, be that vocal, instrumental, engineering etc. The session finishes with the client being presented with their very own 'on body' printed CD. It goes without saying that the Studio is Stewart's passion, not only is it the original 'Studio Experience' but it is one of the few Studios in the country, to support all three recording protocols.
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