It is with great sadness that members of Ray's family and representatives of the band broke the news that the concert at the Customs House on the 23rd June 2013 will be the last performance ever of the
RAY CHESTER BIG BAND
If you didn't already know, the band was one of the longest surviving bands in Britain with only one of the original members left playing........ a tribute to his musicianship and consistency,
Throughout the years the band has seen a number of changes in its line up, not through changes in personnel but deps needed to cover for absence and illness.
I am sure Ray would like to thank all those players whom have helped promote the band and in turn the satisfaction and enjoyment of the musicians playing those wonderful and magical arrangements.
The legacy left by Ray will continue as he blessed so many musicians people's lives.
The band's vast library has been donated to the Sage (Gateshead), to be used for various music projects at the centre and fittingly should remain in the North East.
Many aspiring musicians are going to be extremely lucky to be playing some of the best arrangements ever by one of the country's top arrangers