Review of 2013

Well done to everyone for a great performance at the Review of the Year
and congratulations to all of the prize winners:

Award Winners 2014

Turnout & Attendance
er Up - Harry Wells
Winner - Nathanael Higgs
Best new member - Ella Elston

Progress award                        
Senior - Chloe Martin
Junior - Katie Kitchen
New member - Ella Elston

5 year service certificate - Nathanael Higgs
5 year service certificate - Rachael Stalker
5 year service certificate - Samuel Johnston
5 year service certificate (leaders) - Steve Spicer

Senior Solo bugle runner up - Amy Childs
Senior Solo bugle winner - Samuel Johnston

Junior Solo bugle runner up - Joshua Dickin
Junior Solo bugle winner - Zoe Martin

Solo bass bugle winner - Georgie Hayes

Senior Solo side drum runner up - Katie Kitchen
Senior Solo side drum winner - Nathanael Higgs

Junior Solo side drum runner up - Sophie Bolton
Junior Solo side drum winner - Luke Sage

Senior Solo fife runner up - Matt Taylor
Senior Solo fife winner - Amy Childs

Junior Solo fife runner up - Sophie Bolton
Junior Solo fife winner - Joshua Dickin

Solo bells runner up - Niamh Kidd
Solo bells winner - Tara Walker

Dantville shield - Amy Childs 
For the best personal performance not otherwise recognised

17th Oscar - Ally Boorman, Adam Childs, Anton Grey, Luke Sage
For the most entertaining contribution to the year                                            

Welsh Cup - Amy Bolton
For achievement not otherwise recognised

Band Member of the Year - Amy Bolton
Voted for by the Band Members themselves

The Davison Award for Service - Samuel Johnston
For outstanding service to the band

Christmas festivities Dickensian style
Instruments polished, tinsel and Santa hats packed, the 17th Tonbridge Scout & Guide Band headed to Rochester for a festive day at the Dickensian Christmas Festival.  Parading along a packed snowy High Street filled with Dickensian players, the Band were accompanied by singing & clapping from the large crowd.  Later they entertained appreciative audiences at two Concerts with a variety of music from Christmas favourites including Dulci Jubilo, Rudolph & Calypso Carol to their own favourites such as Louisiana Cavalry & Mechanised Infantry.   "... I must say they were outstanding for a group of people that age.  Excellent performing, you should be proud."  The Band received a number of compliments for their performances and look forward to returning in 2014 to do it all again!  Wishing you a happy & relaxed Christmas!!


Remembrance 2013
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.
On return from Belgium ...


"Very well done to all the band members at the Menin Gate this evening. We were very impressed with you all. Thank you for making a moving ceremony very special."
"We enjoyed a superb performance in the Grote Markt and the moving tribute at The Menin Gate.  Well done and congratulations to you all."
"Please pass on our congratulations to all the members of the band.  It was great to see them playing under the Menin Gate and in the square in Ypres."
"Just wanted to drop you a line to say how impressed I was by your display at the Menin Gate ceremony today. I am an Explorer Scout myself, with the Rotherham District, and it filled me with a sense of pride in scouting."
From two onlookers at the Menin Gate: “the band are really good and a credit to you (leaders & parents); you should be incredibly proud of them” - they found the band’s contribution very moving!
A taster of photos are now on our Facebook page - more photos and great memories to follow!



'Pampered Chef' Cheese & Wine fundraiser - final total!

The final total for our Pampered Chef fundraiser is £782.28!

Thank you for your generous support! 


The Summer!

The Band completed a successful July programme as members performed at four summer events enhanced by the recent good weather! 

First in the diary was a visit to West Peckham to perform an arena display and enjoy stalls and refreshments at the local Parish summer fair.  Then, ahead of a busy Sunday at the Kent County Show, four senior members, Harry, Matt, Nat & Sam, headed to Leigh to lead the 7th Tonbridge Scouts Centenary Parade receiving great feedback from the organiser. 

Re-polished and rested they joined the rest of the Band at Detling Showground to entertain visitors at the prestigious Kent County Show with flash mobs, a static bandstand concert and an arena performance in front of dignitaries and guests to bring the 2013 Show to a close.

Finally, if that was not enough fun for one month, members returned to Detling a fortnight later to the more informal setting of the Scouts & Guides Kent International Jamboree where they were able to visit and perform in different parts of the Camp, then lead 6,500 participants to their Opening Ceremony amidst the wonderful atmosphere that was KIJ ’13. 

A well-earned rest is now being had by all as they look forward to a competitive start to the Autumn, participating with other youth marching bands at Hornchurch.


Southern England Parade Band Contest

Congratulations to all the Marching Bands who took part in the Southern England Parade Band Contest which heads up the annual summer Carnival in Tonbridge, and to our own members who won joint-silver!  For full details of participants, results and score sheets, take a look at the Contest website:

Hempstead Fayre

Two enjoyable performances highlighted the Band's continuing hard work and commitment.  Everyone, from the large number of new members to the core of experienced Seniors, should be very pleased with this second public performance of their arena display.  Band members also had the opportunity to relax and enjoy a sunny afternoon at the Fayre.

“By George – what a glorious day!!”

A wonderful sunny and warm day heralded Kent's largest annual St George’s Day Parade, for which 17th Tonbridge led two parades of 1,000 or so uniformed youngsters with their leaders through the centre of Tonbridge, to attend church services and then gather on The Castle Lawn for speeches and presentations.  Watched throughout by 100s of spectators the Band closed the afternoon with the first performance of this year’s arena display.  Once again the Band achieved a smart turn-out which for a number of younger members was their first and longest achievement.

Fundraising Family Quiz Night & Auction of Promises

Many thanks to all who attended and contributed in anyway to last night's Quiz Night; from preparation to participation to clearing up afterwards!  You have raised £907-71 towards band funds - thank you! - your generosity is greatly appreciated!

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