Arranged for you by Folkestone Festivals with support from Shepway District Council


All performances from 2.30 to 4.30pm with short interval.

MAY 28th             Kent Police Band

Kent Police Band was 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 4th                UK Paper Band

Playing a balanced programme containing varied music to suit everyone’s tastes. Their repertoire contains traditional marches, selections from popular musicals, and popular songs and some more unusual pieces as well – a programme to entertain everyone!

June 11th             Sevenoaks & Tonbridge Band

The Band was formed in 1980 and is made up of players travelling from a wide area including such places as Tunbridge Wells in Kent, East Sussex and South East London as well as locally. The Band plays at a number venues throughout the South East during the Summer months such as Eastbourne and Tonbridge Castle. The Autumn and Spring concerts are always popular.

June 17th              Multi-Cultural Festival – 10am to 5pm various

June 18th              Deal Brass Academy ( as part of the Multi-Cultural Festival)

DBA welcomes players of all ages and levels of musical achievement. The band offers unique opportunities, particularly for young players, to share in the joy of music making with others and to develop their abilities in a supportive and sociable atmosphere. Instruments may be available on loan for new players. 2016-17 will be our 4th year as an independent band! 

June 25th              Invicta Jazz Orchestra

A friendly group of approximately 30 amateur musicians with a huge variety of ages: from GCSE students to retired! They play in several gigs over the year – Whistable Oyster Festival, Sevenoaks Festival etc. The Director of music, Scott Jenkins, was a founder member of the band and after several years with the Kent and National Youth Jazz Orchestras, his work led him down the funk and fusion line. He toured professionally with soul band “Loose Change”.

July 2nd                 East Peckham Silver Band

Based in the village of East Peckham, the Band can be seen at a wide range of venues across the South East. Also available for Concert performances, weddings and community events.

July 9th                  Medway Towns Concert Brass Band

The Medway Towns Bands have been performing brass band music to the highest standard all over the South East of England since 1928. The organisation comprises of two full brass bands, as well as supporting a learner band in collaboration with Napier Community Primary and Nursery Academy. We can also provide small ensembles and 10 piece groups. Medway Concert Brass is a Third Section band that enjoys a more relaxed approach to banding. However, we also work hard to achieve the highest standards and enjoy a busy schedule of performing and contests.

July 15th               Primary Schools Concert 12 to 4pm

July 16th               No Band – Strongest Man UK Competition

July 23rd               Cantium Brass Band

A quality entertainment band based in Chartham Hatch, near Canterbury. Started in 1886 as the Garlinge Wesleyan Mission Band and after WWII became the Margate Silver Band before being renamed the Cantium (Latin for Kent) Brass Band in 1998. They played in Folkestone in October 1992 at the First Section band competition with a performance of Percy Fletchers Labour & Love, gaining 2nd place.

July 30th               City of Canterbury Brass Band

The present Brass Band was formed in 1969 and some of the original members still play with the band now. Band members 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 welcoming, friendly and dedicated organisation that provides entertaining music for its listeners.

August 6th           Birchington Silver Band

Founded 70 years ago. A concert band, which enjoys a good reputation and devoted supporters. Musical Director is Stuart Cates. Official town band of Les Mureaux near Paris where they play at the Easter Services and give a concert to the people of the town.

August 13th         UK Paper Band

Playing a balanced programme containing varied music to suit everyone’s tastes. Their repertoire contains traditional marches, and selections from popular musicals, but it also contains popular songs and some more unusual pieces as well – they provide a programme to entertain everyone!

August 20th         Betteshanger Brass Band Academy

The Betteshanger Brass Academy was founded in 2003 as a training band for the senior Betteshanger Colliery Welfare Band. It began with a few young players but soon increased in numbers and many have progressed to the senior band, some even going on to a career in music within our Armed Forces. The band has a growing membership of players of mixed abilities aged from 8 to older than we are prepared to say! Betteshanger Brass Academy offers fun, friendly and affordable music tuition taught by experienced musicians.

August 27th         Gravesend Borough Band

September 3rd   1st Whitstable Scout Band

This popular band will give a rousing finale to this Bandstand summer season. We hope you have enjoyed the performances this summer and wish to welcome you back to The Leas Bandstand in 2018