Scout and Guide Band celebrates 35th year
of Burnham-On-Sea Scout and Guide's Concert Band are celebrating
the group's 35th anniversary during 2010.
mark the milestone, Burnham-On-Sea.com takes a look back at the
history of the long-running group over the past three and a half
1975, an amalgamation between the Burnham Scout Group and Huntspill
& Highbridge Scout Groups formed the first Burnham & Highbridge
Scout Band, which was led by Bandmaster Chris Hall. The band is
pictured above during 1976 in Manor Road and Victoria Street.
In 1979 Peter Halls took over the helm and for the first time
girls were permitted to join from local Guides and Ranger Guides.
This is when Rachel Burland (nee Jays), the current Bandmaster,
joined with her sister Sarah.
late father, Ken Jays, had been one of the founding members of
the first band. Over the next six years, the band amassed an impressive
haul of trophies from marching band contests all round the country.
The group also performed several times at the Royal Albert Hall,
Wembley Arena and at the NEC in Birmingham.
In 1986, Rachel Burland took over as Bandmaster and the Band continued
to play a wide variety of music in their concert and contest work.
1992, the Band marched down the Mall in London for the Queens
40th Anniversary Parade and once again performed at the prestigious
venues as before.
aim was always to produce a good-quality sound which people would
enjoy listening to. The Band performed music from shows such as
Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables
to name but a few.
In 1992 Frank Neill took the reins and the band continued to appear
locally and around the country at various contests and parades.
Bandmaster Rachel Burland told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Over
all these years the band has always been greatly supported by
superb committees who worked tirelessly to raise the funds needed
to keep it on the road."
our supporters have always been the most enthusiastic, sometimes
getting up in the early hours to get on a coach to follow the
band wherever we were going."
"The many friendships and also marriages that have come out
of the band are what made being a part of it so special. People
have stayed in touch with each other over all of those 35 years."
In 2005 Rachel decided that once again she wanted to be a part
of something unique, which has always worked on the basis that
you didnt need to be able to play before joining the Band.
Concert Band was started with just three members. This time it
has been slower to get going but now the membership stands at
14 and the sound is entirely a brass one. Again, the youngsters
- some not so young - have been taught from scratch with its newest
member, William, starting during the past week.
The band played last year at the Scout's County Annual General
Meeting for their first performance. In April they will play in
the church at the annual St Georges Day Service for Sedgemoor
Rachel added: "We would love to hear from anyone who has
ever been connected with the Band in any way over the years
members, supporters and past committee members with a view to
getting together later in the year."
if you would like to return to playing with the Band wed
love to see you. We rehearse on Thursday from 8-9pm at the Scout
HQ in Stoddens Road. As ever, the Band is also looking for new
members from the Scout and Guide movements, whether you can play