BANDSTAND PROGRAMME 2020

SUNDAY 24TH MAY – SUNDAY 6TH SEPTEMBER

MAY 24TH – BRACKNELL & WOKINGHAM COMMUNITY BAND

Bracknell and Wokingham Community Band (BWCB) provides a musical environment in which to rekindle, retain and improve your musical skills. BWCB is made up of three wind bands, catering for a wide variety of experience. In addition, there is a range of smaller ensembles meeting regularly, for both woodwind and brass players. BWCB was founded in 2008 and now has over 120 members across three wind bands and ensembles. The bands play music from classical to contemporary, jazz to pop, including TV shows and film scores. Each band performs in a number of concerts throughout the year.

MAY 31ST – EAST PECKHAM SILVER 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 6TH (Saturday) – FOLKESTONE COMMUNITY SWING BAND

Folkestone Community Swing Band is a group of enthusiastic musicians from intermediate to a professional level, who are united by their love of big band music and an enjoyment of playing together for audiences across Kent. They are a registered charity who keeps giving. In the spring of 2017, a small group of musicians with a range of experience were gathered together for the first time in Folkestone by Bandleader: Keith Davis. The goal was to create a band that was as fun to be a part of as it was good to listen to.
United by a love of swing and big band music, that small gathering gradually added to it’s numbers and its repertoire and now performs in and around Folkestone & Hythe and further raising vital funds for local charities.

JUNE 7TH – 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 14TH – 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.

JUNE 20TH (Saturday) – 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 21ST – CRYSTAL PALACE BAND 

The Crystal Palace Band is one of the very few remaining traditional brass bands in London. Founded in 1901, today the band has over 30 playing members and a thriving progress band.

JUNE 28TH – 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. 

JULY 5TH – DEAL BRASS ACADEMY 

Deal Brass Academy began as an independent band in 2013. We are a local band for young and old alike, dedicated to encouraging and training young musicians in the playing of brass instruments, maintaining the strong traditions of Brass Band Music which were an important part of the social life of the Kent collieries.

We give between 6 and 10 performances every year, and have played at Folkestone Bandstand in 2017 and 2018. We raise funds for local charities each year by accompanying carol singing in the open air in Christmas week. 

We are proud to be affiliated to both the Deal and Betteshanger Rugby Club, who allow us to use the clubhouse for our rehearsals, and to the Royal Cinque Ports Yacht Club, where we have played for their Beer Festival and at the opening of the Lord Warden Suite in the presence of the Admiral The Lord Boyce. We play each year for the Royal Marines Band Service memorial game at the rugby club. Our band has members from 10 years to  – older than we care to reveal!  New members, of any age, are always welcome.

JULY 11TH (Saturday)- 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 – 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 12TH – UK U105KG STRONGEST MAN 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 19TH – 1ST WHISTABLE SCOUT GROUP 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

JULY 25H (Saturday)- SNOWDON COLLIERY WELFARE BAND

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

The Snowdown Colliery Welfare Brass Band is entirely self supporting and perform at local fetes, fairs, bandstands, concerts and is an active contesting band. It is only with the help of a hard-working committee and dedicated players, who give their services for the love of music and the thrill of performing in public, that the band continues.

JULY 26TH – 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.

AUGUST 2ND – FAVERSHAM MISSION BRASS 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 9TH – 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 16TH – 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 23RD –SEVENOAKS & TONBRIDGE CONCERT 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.

AUGUST 30TH -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.

SEPTEMBER 6TH – CITY OF CANTERBURY 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.