The band is an Award winning, full wind band with brass, woodwind, tuned percussion and a corps of drums.
It is one of a small number of marching bands in the Manchester area. Our HQ is close to the Trafford Centre, and our group was formed by people working in Trafford Park in WWII. This has shaped our group and its band. One of the tasks we undertake gladly is to provide buglers to play the Last Post on Urmston’s Remembrance Day parade. We are one of the best Scout bands in the country, and have played at Windsor Castle for the Queen’s Scout Parade twice and our corps of drums has played there three times. This is one of the top jobs for a Scout band to perform and therefore a great honour and we are now amongst an elite number of bands that have been asked back.
Some of the places where we have performed are Wembley, Royal Albert Hall, Disney Land Paris, London New Year’s Day Parade, The Mall, Old Trafford, France, Holland, Guernsey, Jersey, Canada, London’s South Bank, Manchester Day Parade, Local, UK, Euro and World Marching band Championships, The Trafford Centre, Pop videos, CDs, Parades, Fetes, Displays, Concerts, Gilwell Park, Windsor Castle and Manchester Free Trade Hall. Our largest audience was 50,000 at the World Scout Jamboree and the smallest was at a local fete 3 and a dog!
As well as parades, we give concerts. We have a main band and a training band for the young members, our total membership being 50 plus. All are members of Scouts or Guides, mostly from our own group although we do encourage Scouts or Guides from other groups to join in. We also welcome 14 to 18 year olds who are not in scouting as they can just be in the band as band Explorer Scouts and we have an SAS (Scouting Active Support) section for the over 18s. This is the largest section in the band and includes the leaders and instructors.
We provide an instrument, uniform, and instruction (one-to-one) and ask for your enthusiasm and dedication in return. We play a wide style of music including marches, pop and classic tunes, everything from Tipperary to Coldplay.
Q: Where does the band rehearse?
A: Our HQ, the Endeavour, Conway Road off Lostock Road, Davyhulme, Urmston M41 OTE (behind Christ Church)
Q: What Times?
A: Main practice is on Thursdays 7.15 to 9.00pm. Junior Band 6.30 to 7.00pm. Drum Corps Tuesdays 8.00 to 9.00. One- to-one lessons Thursday evenings
Q: Do I have to be a Scout or guide?
A: Yes, if you are under 14 years old. Over 14s can just be in the band and over 18s in our SAS. All over 18s will need to be CRB cleared. We can do that at no cost to you. If you are under 14, we can find you a space in our Cubs (8 to10 ½) Scouts (10 ½ to 14). You will not just join the band but join the largest youth organisation in the world, with some 42 million members
Q: Do I need to be able to play before I join?
A: No, most of the bands members couldn’t play when joining. We have all abilities playing alongside each other and this has been the band’s secret to its success. You can also try different instruments to see what you prefer.
Q: What does it cost?
A: £2 per week. £8 per month. This covers uniform, membership fees, discounted trips and loan of an instrument if needed.
Are you still with us? If you are looking for something to help you learn new skills, make new friends, give you days out and weekends away and get a buzz when you play in front of a large audience then you are looking at in the right direction.
See you on Thursday!