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Silver in the Parade Band Contest

In the company of 4 other Marching Bands, a silver award for the Southern England Parade Band Contest was a well-deserved start to the competition season.  A number of younger band members performed for the first time in competition, and despite distractions from the partying carnival crowd the Band maintained good concentration and focus to ensure their performance was one to be proud of.  Congratulations to everyone.

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A Band Wedding

Unofficially the “Wedding of the Year”, our congratulations go to Mr & Mrs Steve & Hayley Spicer, who met each other in the Band and now support its current members!

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Lunchtime on the Pantiles Bandstand, Tunbridge Wells

March 2011

As first times go, this was quite a performance, and with the treat of spring sunshine in a relaxed setting, a Concert that was enjoyed by many who stayed to listen or walked by!

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Band Awards 2011

Senior Solo bugle
Runner up - Alex Pallot
Winner - Charlotte Hissey

Junior Solo bugle
Runner up - Amelia Stalker
Winner - Matthew Harrison

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Massed Band at the Lord Mayors Show

Here's Charlotte's report -

Earlier in the year the 17th Tonbridge Scout and Guide band found out that we had been selected to perform in the Lord Mayors Show, London with Enfield District Scout Band to represent the Jack Petchey Foundation. To prepare us for this event a camp had been organised for both of the bands, so we could come together and practice the tunes and marching skills for the show. Every Tuesday before the camp we practised the music needed for the show, both bands learnt each others tunes, so we could perform them together. Samuel, our drum major was leading the two bands for the show.

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First band to ever perform at Disney Studios, Paris

Katie Meyer's report on the trip.

Saturday 24th October

We meet at the ridiculously early time of 07:45 with a terribly long journey ahead of us. Waving goodbye to all the parents, we set off for France at 08:00. After sitting on the coach for nearly two whole boring hours, we arrived at the ferry port at round 09:50. We only just made the 10:00 ferry! Everyone started getting really excited. After an exciting trip on the ferry, we landed in France at about 11:30. We were then back on the coach again for another long journey to our Youth Hostel. We arrived at the Youth Hostel at about 18:10.

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Five wins and eight seconds at the solo competitions

On 20 September sixteen members travelled to The Midlands to take part in the TYMBA solo competitions. The new format allowed our mallet and fife players to take part as well as the bugles and side drums so this was the most competitors we had ever entered.

There were almost 100 young musicians in the competitions split into three age ranges across six different instrument groups. We had members in ten different competitions so it was to be a busy day to ensure that everyone was in the right place at the right time.

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Band play at National St. George’s Day Parade at Windsor Castle

On Sunday 26th April the 17th Tonbridge Scout & Guide Band were honoured with the highest award by being asked to play at the National St.George’s Day Parade at Windsor Castle. The annual event is a celebration of over 1,000 Scouts obtaining their Queens Scout Award, gallantry awards and outstanding service awards and each year a different Scout Band is invited to play along side a Guards band. Historically, other bands have been fully chromatic but the 17th Tonbridge made it more unique as they are a traditional Corps of Drums, playing bugles and fifes.

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Rain Doesn’t Dampen The Lord Mayors Show

It was an early start for a selection of senior musicians from the 17th Tonbridge who had the honour of taking part in The Lord Mayors Show in London as part of the Scout Association Band. This special massed band was put together to represent the Scout Association in one of the most prestigious events, which is watched, by over 9 million people worldwide.

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Two Gold medals and Greater Manchester Parade Band Champions 2008

Greater Manchester Concert, Parade and Arena Championships 2008
Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th October


The mighty blues were back on the road for another busy weekend of competitions travelling up to Manchester to take part in three individual TYMBA Contests. The band had entered into a Concert, Parade and an Arena show competition so there was certainly no time to relax.

The weekend started at 9.00am prompt with an hour’s rehearsal. Once the coach was loaded with the instruments, uniforms and baggage it was time to get on the road.  After a good journey the 17th arrived in Manchester late afternoon. Once checked in to the hotel it was a quick turn around and they were back on the coach on their way to the venue to take part in the evening’s concert competition.

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