We've been around for more than 100 years
The first Young Peoples' Band was formed in 1910 and very quickly became a useful size. Today's band is also set to grow considerably when all the learners are able to join the 13 members already playing.
We've played in Europe
It was this junior group of musicians that lead the way to overseas territories when, in 1974 they were invited to participate in a Danish music camp. Then five years later they campaigned for 10 days in Portugal. Five years later again, the band had the privilege of visiting St Peterport in Guernsey to lead the Easter celebrations.
We've played throughout Britain
In addition to these overseas tours, this youth section has visited such venues as Sunderland, Hastings, Plymouth and very many places in between. In 1988 the band achieved another distinction in being invited to play with the High Wycombe band at the Royal Albert Hall on the occasion of a youth spectacular. During 1998 the band visited Tunbridge Wells along with the Singing Company to lead the Sunday worship.
We're still busy
Today the band is active every Sunday providing music in the Sunday Set and each week in the Sunday morning service. It also takes other opportunities to serve the community.
The band is conducted and trained by retired bandmaster Kelvin Ketteringham.