Author Archives: Ian

Butlin’s Mineworkers Open National Brass Band Festival – January 2020

The band is looking forward to competing at the Butlin’s Mineworkers Open National Brass Band Festival over the weekend of 11th and 12th January 2020.  This is the first time that the band has attended the festival which, years ago, was solely for Colliery bands.  However, the demise of the coal industry lead to Butlin’s opening the festival up to the… Read more »

Rochester Christmas Dickensian Festival 7th/8th December 2019

After last year’s deluge on the Saturday of the Dickens Festival, band members were delighted to find themselves playing in calm and sunny conditions on the Saturday of this year’s festival.  As a result of the fine weather, the crowds turned up in Rochester in their droves which made it all the more enjoyable to be playing for them on… Read more »

Leeds Castle Christmas Market 30th November and 14th December 2019

30th November In a surprising meteorological turnaround, the band enjoyed fine and sunny, if somewhat chilly weather for its first appearance of 2019 at the Leeds Castle Christmas Market. The good weather meant that even more people than ever were taking advantage of the opportunity to visit for their Christmas shopping and, in the process, to hear the band producing… Read more »

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 »