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Suffolk Concert Band

appearing at

Deal Memorial Bandstand

Deal, Kent


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Suffolk Concert Band


Wind Band


The band was formed in 1967 as the Suffolk Military Band which in turn originated from an adult education course in Ipswich with a core of members from the Ipswich Town Brass Band and the Suffolk and Cambridgeshire Territorial Regimental Band. Fifty years later the band has developed into a versatile ensemble of musicians from Ipswich and the surrounding locale.

In the early 1970s the band became a self-contained and civilian organisation which financed itself by playing at fetes and concerts. The band patron was General Sir Richard Goodwin, an ex-Suffolk Regiment soldier and great supporter of the band.

The band concerts became very entertaining events with many local musicians appearing as guests. The band played in a variety of performance venues. When Ipswich opened a new venue in the Corn Exchange, the band played in the inaugural week and because regular performers at this new venue. The band were regular summer visitors to the Pier Pavilion in Felixstowe with Handel Evans regular Tuesday organ and band concerts.

We rehearse on Wednesday evenings at Holy Trinity Church Hall, Back Hamlet, Ipswich, IP3 8AJ.

Visitors and potential new members are always welcome.

Deal Memorial Bandstand

Venue Type

Public Bandstand


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.

Concert sponsored by Lord Warden Lodge 1096 Walmer

Walmer Green,




CT14 7DX.

Child FriendlyDog FriendlyPublic ToiletsCafe Nearby

Seating Available Free Chair Hire, Donations Welcome

Free Admission

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