BANDSTAND PROGRAMME 2018

SATURDAY 27th MAY – SUNDAY 2ND SEPTEMBER 2018

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MAY 27th – 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 Bandstand and Tonbridge Castle. The Autumn and Spring concerts are always popular.

JUNE 2nd – 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 3rd – 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 10th – DEAL BRASS ACADEMY

An exciting and affordable youth project bringing Brass Band music to a younger generation, plus many more benefits to those taking part. DBA 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. 2017-18 will be our 5th year as an independent band! 

JUNE 17th – INVICTA CONCERT BAND

The Invicta Concert Band Serves the Communities Music Needs. Based in Herne Bay North Kent the Band established in 1983 has achieved a following and reputation as being one of the most popular Concert Bands in the area. Concentrating on traditional seaside venues during the summer the band has played at some notable venues over the years. The Band are equally at home playing for private and corporate functions, larger wedding functions as well as the traditional bandstand events that are so popular during the summer months.

JUNE 24th – 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 8th – 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!

JULY 14th – FOLKESTONE MUSICAL FESTIVAL & SHEPWAY BRASS ACADEMY

An exciting and affordable youth project bringing Brass Band music to a younger generation, plus many more benefits to those taking part. Band members range from beginner level upwards, are aged 8-18, and drawn from the south-east Kent area around Folkestone.

SBA 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. The band is led by Paul Driscoll, with tuition given by various experienced brass musicians and rehearses on Saturday mornings in term time at Community Hall, Christ Church CE Primary Academy, Brockman Road, Folkestone CT20 1DJ

JULY 15th – NO BAND – UK STRONGEST MAN COMPETITION

JULY 22nd – HYTHE TOWN CONCERT BAND

We play a varied selection of popular and classical music in Hythe and surrounding area.Our European connection with the Twinning Towns have taken us to Berck Sur-Mer France, Popperinge, Belgium, and Bad Honeff. Germany. This year we return to Popperinge, Belgium, to take part in a massed band concert in commemoration of the end of WW1   

JULY 28th – ASHFORD CONCERT BAND

A local community band for adults. Our aim is to enjoy making music as well as raising money for charity. Over the past 20 years old the band has been growing in size and reputation under the baton of Tony Thornton.

JULY 29th – CITY OF CANTERBURY BAND

The present Brass Band was formed in 1969 and some of the original members still play with theband 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.

AUGUST 5th – FAVERSHAM MISSION BRASS BAND

Originally formed in 1882 as a church band, Faversham Mission Brass has now become much more a fun, but busy, town band playing at festivals and bandstands throughout East Kent and raising money for local charities through its regular concerts in Faversham.  Music to suit all tastes but leaning towards more popular songs with the odd march thrown in for good measure.

AUGUST 12th – 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 19th – SECOND WIND CONCERT BAND

An enthusiastic group of players from West Kent around Sevenoaks who came together in 1998.  Rehearsals are held every Friday evening and new members are welcome. We have regular concerts on Bandstands and other venues throughout the summer and at Christmas time. We often go on short tours in both the UK and Europe. Although many members now come from further afield, Second Wind has always regarded itself as a Sevenoaks band, and is a longstanding supporter of, and performer at, the town’s Summer Festival.

AUGUST 26th – GRAVESEND BOROUGH BAND

Gravesend Borough Band are a concert band composed of around 30 friendly amateur players, with a wide range of ages. The band has existed for over 135 years, and we feel proud to have this history behind us. Over the years we have been known by various names: Gravesend Borough Band; Gravesend Town Band; Gravesend Town Prize Band; Gravesend Town Silver Band, and even Gravesend Town Silver Prize Band. From Gravesend Corporation minutes, in the early years we appear to mainly be known as the Town Band, but with the full range of other names also being used. For many years now we have solely been called Gravesend Borough Band. We are based in Gravesend, Kent, England, although our members are not all local, with some regularly travelling around 20 miles to practice with us. During the course of a year we play concerts both locally, and on bandstands in and around Kent and Sussex. We vary our programme from one concert to the next and our repertoire includes selections and themes from shows and films, popular light music, and marches.

SEPTEMBER 3rd  – FIRST WHITSTABLE SCOUT BRASS BAND

This popular band is back again to give a rousing finale to our summer season. Formed in 1919 by members of the 1st Whitstable Scout Group it has been in continual existence ever since. It is a full brass band with a largely adult membership; the core being drawn from the Scout Group, necessarily complemented by musician friends from outside of the Scout Association. The band continues to flourish, giving concerts throughout Kent, performing on bandstands, at local festivals and regularly playing in Canterbury Cathedral. Over the years there have also been numerous continental appearances, most recently in Borken, Germany (2012) and Béziers, France (2015, 2017). The band prides itself on offering its listeners an ever-changing and entertaining selection of music, covering a wide variety of styles.

We hope you have enioyed the performances this summer and wish to welcome you back to The Leas Bandstand in 2018!