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Senior Section

Our 14 to 17 year-old members are classed as Senior Band Members. They’re given more responsibility within the band, meaning you can improve your leadership skills, as well as getting the rest of the benefits of being in the band.

Instrumentation

The band features a range of chromatic instruments, including cornets, horns, euphoniums, clarinets, saxophones, flutes and drums. We cater for all levels of experience, from no experience whatsoever to members with Grades 5, 6 and 7.
On your first day you’ll be introduced to all of the instruments we have to offer. You can choose to learn a completely new instrument that we will provide free of charge, or join with your existing instrument and jump right into one of our sections.

Music & Marching

Our music consists of a wide range of genres, from traditional military marches to popular music – like Uptown Funk – and film music.
As we are primarily a marching band, most of our performances take place on the march. Our style is influenced by the British Army, and we receive a lot of support from professional military bands like The Band of the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment.
During your first few weeks in the band, you’ll be taught how to play your instrument on the march by our expert instructors, before you can join the main band and qualify to come out on events with us.
We’ll do everything we can to get you to be the best. We’ll push you for excellence, giving you all the musical teaching and support that you need.

Activities

Band is about so much more than just music & marching. We have a number of social events throughout the year, including a summer BBQ, Christmas disco and a band camp. There’s also an Awards Night to recognise the extraordinary talents of our young musicians.
Being in the band gives you unique opportunities to develop your social skills, make awesome new friends and memories that will stay with you for the rest of your life.

Practices

Band practice is held at The Hayesbrook School, Tonbridge on Tuesday evenings from 7:30pm to 9:00pm and on Saturday mornings from 9:00am to 11:00am.
Tuesday evenings are held in the Sixth Form block, where we focus on music, and on Saturday mornings we practice playing on the march, drill, and learning display pieces. Depending on the weather, we’re either outside on the playground or inside in the Sports Hall.

Performances & Events

We perform at around 20 events each year, ranging from local carnivals and fetes, remembrance parades and ceremonies, to flash mobs, national and international competitions and festivals.
Some of our more prestigious events include leading the National St. George’s Day Parade at Windsor Castle, being the first band to ever march in Disney Studios at Disneyland Paris, being on TV at the London New Year’s Day Parade and at the Lord Mayor’s Show, the ceremony of remembrance at the Menin Gate in Belgium, and other foreign trips to France, Germany, Denmark, and Ireland.
In April 2015 we performed in front of thousands at the Harrogate International Youth Festival.
And we’re planning something even bigger for 2016.

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