Second Wind is a concert band of enthusiastic amateur players of wind instruments, mostly those that are commonly heard in military bands (typically Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, Bassoon, Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, French Horn, Euphonium and Tuba) supported by drums and other percussion.
The band was formed in 1998 by a group of like minded players from the area around the town of Sevenoaks in Kent. Although many members now come from further afield, Second Wind has always regarded itself as a Sevenoaks band, and is a longstanding supporter of, and performer at, the town's Summer Festival.
Rehearsals began on Friday evenings in a nearby village hall and have continued on the same day moving to various locations in Sevenoaks over the years.
Most of the original members are still playing with the band which has become a very sociable as well as musical group.
We get together most weeks of the year under the baton of our music director Martin Forward, to rehearse and prepare for concerts and just to enjoy playing music in the great variety of styles available to bands such as ours. Concert venues include public bandstands, like Eastbourne and summer Fetes and Festivals.
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