The Tilbury Band is a traditional Brass Band, founded in 1919 by the Tilbury Branch of the National Union of Railwaymen.
On July 1st, the first meeting of The Tilbury Railwaymen Band was formed. We are very proud to still be competing locally and nationally in the Second Section and the band working hard right now on the test piece for the Area Championships in April.
We are also hugely excited about next year, 2019, Tilbury Bands Centennial year.
Member Chris Hanson says everyone is already looking forward to making the next 18 months very special. “We have lots of things in the pipeline and want to make it a celebration for everyone to remember,” he said. “We will also have a packed programme of events through this year and we are hoping to increase our numbers and also our junior membership.”
“To that end we have been discussing the possibilities of becoming a central hub in the Thurrock area to teach how to read music, plus, how to play an instrument to children & adults, possibly a Saturday morning music school, but this would be pursued if the government were to abolish music lessons in schools all together, surely an atrocious act by the government if it were to happen. We are proud to be an almost fully self-funded band and have been for almost 100 years, however we do ask for a subsidised fee towards costs for the band hall, use of instruments, etc.”
Tilbury Band already runs a training band “The Tilbury Brass & Percussion Academy” which brings together intermediate as well as those less experienced players and “raw beginners” of all ages.
The Academy aims to provide advanced tuition to players, increasing their musical knowledge, playing ability and providing experience in ensemble playing in preparation for moving on to the senior band.
The academy rehearses on Sundays from 5pm to 7pm, feel free to come and join us at 101 Dock Road, Tilbury.
Can't wait to meet you!
On 22nd September 1989 the IRA exploded a bomb at the Royal Marines School of Music in Deal that killed 11 Musicians and seriously injured 11 more. The Deal Memorial Bandstand Trust (Registered Charity No 1045095) exists to maintain The Memorial Bandstand (built in 1993) to stage a serious of 'free' public concerts on the Bandstand between May and September each year.
The Memorial Bandstand Trust is managed by a Board of 4 unpaid Trustees and a Committee of 14 volunteers, each of who bring significant experience and expertise to assure the competent governance of the charity and successfully stage concerts for the benefit of the public.
The aim of the concerts is to keep alive the memory of the 11 Royal Marines Musicians who were killed by the bomb. The Deal Memorial Bandstand is seen as a 'living' Royal Marines Memorial to those who died.
The Deal Memorial Bandstand is located on Walmer Green in Deal. It is a memorial to the 11 musicians killed when the Royal Marines barracks was bombed on 22nd September 1989. Eleven of the twelve-sided structure have engraved tablets bearing the names of those that lost their lives.
Concerts are performed on Sunday afternoons from May to September each year, commencing at 2.30pm. We also hold a Carol Concert each December.
The concerts are free of charge, as are the chairs, although we do hold a collection and sell raffle tickets to cover the costs of hiring the bands and towards the upkeep of the Bandstand.
We also have a Bandstand Chaplain - The Reverend Seth Cooper who is the vicar of St Marys and St Saviours churches in Walmer.
Whilst every effort goes into ensuring this gig listing is accurate and up to date, always check with the venue before you travel.
Free Chair Hire, Donations Welcome