BANDSTAND PROGRAMME 2019

SUNDAY 26TH MAY – SUNDAY 8TH SEPTEMBER 

 

 

MAY 26TH – KENT POLICE BAND

Kent Police Band Formed in 1977 by serving Police Officers. It has performed in front of the Royal Family, including the Queen, and a few years ago at No. 10 Downing Street for the Police Bravery Awards. The Director of Music is John Groves.

JUNE 2ND – EAST PECKHAM BAND

First formed in 1895 we have a long and successful history and can boast the title of the oldest surviving Village band in Kent. The band can be seen at a range of events and venues across the South East and are available for Concert Performances, weddings and community events.

JUNE 8TH – SNOWDON COLLIERY WELFARE BAND

This Kent based brass band has its roots in the days when East Kent possessed three major working collieries with their almost obligatory brass bands. The collieries no longer exist but the bands, Snowdown and Betteshanger, continue as they always did.

Snowdown Colliery Welfare Band was formed in 1926 and consisted entirely of miners from the colliery. We currently have approxinately 30 members, of which three players are ex-miners. Although we do have members whose fathers were miners and played in the band.

JUNE 9TH – ASHFORD CONCERT BAND

We are a local community band for adults and our aim is to enjoy making music as well as raising money for charity. We are a friendly group and new members are always welcome. You will need to be able to read music and have a level of proficiency on your instrument to enable you to get the most out of the music and the experience within the band.

JUNE 15TH – CRYSTAL PALACE BAND

Crystal Palace Band was founded in 1901 as the Upper Norwood Temperance Prize Band and became the Crystal Palace band in 1924. The band’s close association with the Crystal Palace Company came to an end in 1936 when the Crystal Palace burned down. After the Second World War the band’s fortunes gradually declined as membership dwindled but today there are over 30 playing members in the main band with a thriving ‘Progress Band’ as well. The band’s resurgence in fortunes can be measured by their extensive summer bandstand programme under the enthusiastic musical direction of Michael Gray. This reflects the relatively low turnover of players, and the popularity of the annual band trips!

In 1996 the band received an extra boost after being awarded lottery funding from the Arts Council for England which enabled the purchase of a whole new set of band instruments. CPB has performed at numerous venues over the years including Royal Parks, seaside bandstands, concert halls, carnivals, shows, BBC Radio and has even recorded a soundtrack for a film. The band has also made numerous successful trips to Europe including concerts in Belgium. Holland, Germany, France and Switzerland.

JUNE 16TH – UK PAPER BAND

The UK Paper Band is currently going from strength to strength, under the leadership of musical director Mark Hinchliffe. The band plays at many engagements across Kent, in a variety of venues, from bandstands on the coast, to churches around North Kent, at summer fetes, or at our “home” in the Appleyard. We also love to journey further afield. In 2009 we travelled to Llandudno in North Wales for the weekend and in 2011 we spent a weekend in Staffordshire playing at The Churnet Valley Railway.

JUNE 22ND – CRANBROOK TOWN BAND

The Town Band is comprised of about 30 regular brass players who live in Cranbrook and the surrounding areas.

The history of the Town band goes back to the 1920′s. It has enjoyed mixed fortunes over the years and the present band was re-formed in the 1960s. Since that time it has gradually grown in membership and the standard of playing has progressed steadily. Current membership includes people of many different ages and professions.

Cranbrook Town Band is self supporting; it’s main income is obtained from concert performances throughout Kent & Sussex during the summer months. It does however take the time to support other organisations and has links with many charities, the British Legion and various churches. In addition the band does what it can to support music in schools and promote brass band music throughout the country.

JUNE 23RD – INVICTA JAZZ ORCHESTRA

We are The Invicta Jazz Orchestra: a friendly group of approximately 40 amateur musicians with a huge variety of ages: from GCSE students to retired! 

Our repertoire is heavily varied, ranging from Jazz Standards and the Big Band Era of the 20s to modern arrangements, such as Michael Jackson’s Thriller, and includes both vocal and instrumental numbers, so there is something for everyone. 

JUNE 30TH – ARMED FORCES DAY

This is a large scale outdoor community fun event with a full staged entertainment programme and performances in a roped arena area with various military stands, an air display with the red arrows funfair and static vehicle displays. 

JUNE 30TH – FOLKESTONE TOWN COUNCIL SPECIAL EVENT WITH RED ARROWS DISPLAY

This is a large scale outdoor community fun event with a full staged entertainment programme and performances in a roped arena area with various military stands, an air display with the red arrows funfair and static vehicle displays. 

JULY 7TH – INVICTA CONCERT BAND

A traditional Concert Band playing  everything from Big Band, Waltzes, Marches, Show Selections, Overtures – in fact anything that can be described as popular music can be found in our repertoire.

JULY 13TH – VINTAGE MUSIC FESTIVAL

On and around the Bandstand 11am to 12.45 – The Runaways 1pm to 3pm – Folkestone Community Swing Band 3.20pm to 5.10pm The Dulcettes 5.30pm to 7.30pm – COLROSE7 Facepainting. Punch & Judy. Vintage Amusements. Re-enactment Groups Vintage & Classic Vehicles Sing-alongs of the 20’s and 40’s Market and food stalls. Period Costume dress up competition. 1900 – 1950’s – children 5-12year olds. And much more – programme subject to weather on the day. Leas Cliff Hall Chequerboard. Dance Demonstrations/Participation: Tacky Annies Swing Dance Club Vintage Ruby songs of the 1920’s to 40’s.

JULY 14TH – STRONGESTMAN U105KG COMPETITION

The Strongest Man UK U105kg is organized on behalf of Folkestone Festivals by Marc Cherry of Hyperoptic, who was at the Hawkinge Festival in 2016. Twelve of the UK’s strongest men will qualify for this great final.! 

This year it will take place in the area from the bandstand towards the Leas which is ideal for this particularly the hard surface between the grass with viewing either side.

JULY 21ST – SEVENOAKS & TONBRIDGE BAND

The Sevenoaks and Tonbridge Concert Band is a symphonic wind band based in Sevenoaks, Kent, but with its players drawn from a wide area. With a busy schedule of performances at different venues across the region, our repertoire ranges from original works for wind ensemble to arrangements of orchestral pieces, military band items and light music of various styles. Our Training Band offers an opportunity for less experienced players to develop their skills.

JULY 28TH – HYTHE TOWN CONCERT BAND

The HTCB has been established on Kent’s South Coast for over 135 years. It prides itself as being a community band contributing to many local events, civil functions and services. This is further endorsed by having the Admiral of the Fleet, The Lord Boyce, Warden of the Cinque Ports, as our patron. We have close and regular links with our twin towns of Poperingue in Belgium and Berck-sur-Mer in France and have recently played at the famous Menin Gate war memorial in Ypres, Belgium.

AUGUST 4TH – FAVERSHAM MISSION BAND

Faversham Mission Brass is a non-contesting brass band based in the lovely market town of Faversham.  Over the years, the band has become more and more a town band than a church band, although the band is still connected to Faversham Gospel Mission and plays at its services about three times a year particularly Easter, Harvest and Christmas.  The band plays regularly in the town for concerts and community events, as well as on the district’s bandstands and for many charity organisations to assist with their fund-raising activities.

AUGUST 11TH – BIRCHINGTON SILVER BAND

Records show that a brass band existed in Birchington as far back as 1934. A photograph which was taken in Crescent Road Birchington shows a band of at least twelve musicians then. Four brothers (the Hayward Brothers) arrived from Wales and immediately helped to form a brass band in the village. A loan was secured from a wealthy local businessman to provide cash to purchase some instruments. At this time it was known as the Baptist Band.

AUGUST 18TH – SECOND WIND CONCERT BAND

Second Wind is a concert band of enthusiastic amateur players of wind instruments, mostly those that are commonly heard in military bands (typically Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, Bassoon, Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, French Horn, Euphonium and Tuba) supported by drums and other percussion.

We get together most weeks of the year under the baton of our music director Martin Forward, to rehearse and prepare for concerts and just to enjoy playing music in the great variety of styles available to bands such as ours. Concert venues include public bandstands, like Eastbourne and summer Fetes and Festivals. See our Diary for details.

AUGUST 25TH – GRAVESEND BOROUGH BAND

Gravesend Borough Band is a community concert band based in Gravesend in Kent. It comprises two ensembles each of around 30 amateur players of all ages. First established in 1880, Gravesend Borough band is proud of its local roots, its historyand its long standing association with Gravesham Borough Council.

SEPTEMBER 1ST – 1ST WHITSTABLE SCOUT BAND

We are the Canterbury District’s longest established brass band, 2019 being our centenary year.

Regular concerts are given in the local area, presenting a wide variety of popular music performed with style.

Membership is open to musicians from all areas of the local community, not exclusively to scouts

SEPTEMBER 8TH – CANTERBURY CITY BAND

Historically, there was a Canterbury Silver Band which was disbanded in the War years. The present Brass Band was formed in 1969 and some of the original members still play with the band now. The members of the band come from all walks of life and are of a great range in ages. Many of the players travel great distances to rehearsals. The band prides itself in being a most welcoming, friendly and dedicated organisation that provides entertaining music for its listeners. The players enjoy performing on a very regular basis in the South East. The band has wound thirty engagements this year, which include formal concerts, playing at bandstands, performing at fetes, providing music for church services and supporting local charities. The band has also recently produced a CD joint with a local choir and is presently looking into producing another recording of its own music.