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Military sounds have been wafting over the site as visitors enjoy the first appearance of a brass band to the Farnborough show.

Plenty of oompahs have kept spectators entertained while they admire the aerial antics during the flying display.

"We've had lots of people tell us how much they've really enjoyed the music and have even bought our CDs and tapes," says director Keith Woodger, director of the GEC-Marconi Avionics Brass Band. According to Keith, hot requests among visitors to the show have been the military march Aces High and their cover version of Terry Wogan's Floral Dance.

The 35-strong band practices regularly at the Marconi Electronic Systems site in Rochester, Kent. Just back from their recent windswept appearance at the International Festival of the Sea, the prize-winning band has toured Belgium, France, Holland and Germany.

"Brass band music is perfect for the air show because it can be heard above the noise," says Woodger.

Source: Flight Daily News