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Deal Bandstand 8th September 2019

The band completed its summer events programme with its appearance on Deal Memorial Bandstand. It is always a delight to perform on this wonderful and evocative bandstand and, always, there was a large and knowledgeable audience to impress. Impress the band certainly did, with many comments on the quality and diversity of the band’s programme pieces which included Prismatic Light,… Read more »

Brenchley Gardens 7th July 2019

Organised by Maidstone Area Arts Partnership and funded by Maidstone Council, this year’s Brenchley Gardens concerts featured four bands of completely different styles on four successive Sunday afternoons. BAE Systems Brass Band were delighted to perform a varied and entertaining programme to a large and appreciative audience on a warm, dry afternoon in this lovely setting. Opening with Prismatic Light,… Read more »

Medway Armed Forces Day Celebrations June 2019

The Great Lines Heritage Park was the venue for this year’s Armed Forces day Celebrations. The weather often springs surprises at this event and this year was no exception. Performing two 40 minute sets with no shade on the hottest day of the year presented a particular challenge which the day rose to admirably. Featuring film music, marches, 4 soloists… Read more »

Rochester Dickens Festival June 2019

Once again the band had the pleasure of performing at the Rochester Dickens Festival over the weekend of 1st and 2nd June. The glorious weather (especially on the Saturday) presented a number of hazards including sunburn and the potential for heatstroke but fortunately, past experience of the festival came into play and everyone was well prepared. The band played to… Read more »

Kent Garden Show Late May Bank Holiday Weekend 2019

The band enjoyed its appearances on all three days of the Kent Garden Show at the Kent County Showground and, playing to large crowds, was in receipt of numerous comments praising the quality of its playing and the choice of music. It was an occasion to feature just about all of the band’s soloists and ensembles, all of whom rose… Read more »

Marden Church 27th April 2019

The band enjoyed its return to Marden Church for its second successive concert during the evening of Saturday 27th April. The concert, in a lovely setting, was attended by an appreciative and enthusiastic audience and the programme; which was loosely based around St. George’s Day, featured four soloists; Ian Lanceley, Alan Bristow, Phil Neeve and Abbie Bristow, who was performing… Read more »

St Michael and All Saints Church, Marden. 27th April 2019

The band is busily preparing for its much anticipated return to St Michael and All Saints Church in Marden. Our first appearance there was in April 2018 and we are delighted to be performing in this lovely venue once again. The concert commences at 7.30pm with an admission charge of £10 which includes a glass of wine.

Regional Contest 2019

Ian   13th March 2019   No Comments on Regional Contest 2019

The band have been working hard on this year’s 2nd Section test piece, Darrol Barry’s ‘The Rise of the Phoenix’, in preparation for the annual London and Southern Counties Regional contest which takes place this over coming weekend 16th and 17th March. The contest will be held in Stevenage Arts and Leisure Centre and the band have been drawn to… Read more »