Bournemouth Youth Marching Band

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Sunday 3rd December.

A successful morning celebrating Christmas at Tower Park.

Thank you to the staff and customers of Tescos for your kind support.
Wednesday 29th November.

It was a good practice this evening rehearsing the music for our next concert.

It's going to be great.. .... Kinson Community Centre, 7.30pm Wednesday 7th February.
Tuesday 28th November. Christmas in coming.

An ensemble from the Band playing Carols and Christmas music for the Ferndown Blind Club. A very warm welcome from some great people.

Happy Christmas!
Some of our youngest members from the BYMB Training Band.
At the Band Meeting on 15th November some members from the main band and the training band played together Carols from the Training Band Carol Books.

The main band also practiced their own Christmas music ready for the upcoming performances. We also started working on the music for the February Concert.
As usual the Band led the Remembrance Sunday Parade and Service in West Moors.

A huge crowd gathered at the memorial in West Moors for the service and Act of Remembrance. A wreath was laid on behalf of the Band.

We Will Remember Them.

Our annual Remembrance Concert was held in Ferndown on Saturday 11th November.

Once again we were accompanied by the bagpipes for five of the pieces in the Concert.

The Concert was a sell out and the hall was filled to capacity. Proceeds from the Concert go to the Poppy Appeal.
Sunday October 29th. Weymouth Festival of Remembrance.

The Band played several times through the show to a capacity audience. We were accompanied by bagpipes for the first time and we have heard many very positive comments. It was a great show for a great cause. Also in the cast were the local schools, dance groups, the Decadettes, Bovington Military Wives Choir and Weymouth Concert Brass. It was a pleasure to perform alongside all these groups.

Our first Remembrance event of 2017 ....... the Ferndown Poppy Appeal Launch. This was held on Saturday 28th October outside the Barrington Theatre.

The Band led the Childrens' Parade and also played a short concert to help launch the Poppy Appeal.



We have been preparing for our upcoming Remembrance performances.


These start on the morning of Saturday 28th October with the Poppy Launch in Ferndown. 


The day after we are in the Weymouth Festival of Remembance at the Pavilion Theatre.

This will be the first time the Band has performed with bagpipes and we are grateful to Jim and Campbell for supporting us. Also our grateful thanks to Peter, Phil and Alan on Trombones and Baritone Sax.



Some of the BYMB Training Band practicing at Wednesday 20th September's  meeting. New beginners (minimum age 8) welcome. No previous musical experience is required. EMail bymband@aol.com. Meanwhile the main band rehearsed some of the music for the upcoming Remembrance events.
Ringwood Carnival, Saturday 16th September

Another evening illuminated carnival and a large audience along the route. This brings our 2017 carnival season to an end. Back to Carnivals next year startng with Bognor Regis in June. We now prepare to support The Royal British Legion in their Remembrance events including 2 concerts in Weymouth and Ferndown.
Blandford Carnival, Saturday 9th September.

A great evening illuminated Carnival through the streets and town centre of Blandford Forum. The Band were pleased to win the Best Band trophy.

Along the route we played a variety of music including marches and pop which were obviously enjoyed by the audience. Our snare drums and instruments were lit up for the Carnival.
Wednesday 30th August

The Band Beach Party was held at Branksome Beach. The rain had cleared through and it had turned dry and warm. A few members even went in the sea!

It's back to normal rehearsals next Wednesday (6th September). The music folders have been sorted and we have some great music waiting.

There was a well deserved Band trip to Thorpe Park on Sunday 20th August.

It was a great day that we all enjoyed. We were in the Park from opening right the way through to closing time.

The Band's next event is now the annual Beach Party. The Band returns to weekly rehearsals on Wednesday 6th September.

Wednesday 16th August - Weymouth Carnival

The Band led the Weymouth Carnival from the Pavilion to Lodmoor. There were many thousands of people along the route. Before the procession the Band watched the Red Arrows. It was another great Carnival.
The Band led the Lyme Regis Carnival on Saturday 12th August.

It was a great carnival at this popular seaside resort with large crowds lining the entire route. The Band performed brilliantly. Thank you to the Royal Lion Hotel for sponsoring the Band's appearance in the Carnival.

Next stop is Weymouth Carnival on Wednesday.
A great Carnival and a great performance from the Band at Swanage on Sunday 30th July.

Thousands of people thonged the route and appreciated the Band. We played a wide range of music from traditional marches to pop.

Our next performance is at Lyme Regis Carnival. Before that the Band have a Beach Party to look forward to.
Rehearsals have continued at both Butchers Coppice and Rossmore.

The main focus has been on  music for the summer carnivals. The Band's last meeting before the summer break was on 19th July.

Our next performance is Swanage Carnival on Sunday 30th July 3pm start.
Soundstorm, Striking Chords at Upton House on Thursday 13th July

The Band were honoured to have been invited to play at the event. We played six pieces in the interval and then joined some of the other participants in the Finale. It was a sold out event and it was a great success. The picture shows us playing in the Finale.

The Band performed in a busy Winton Carnival on Saturday 24th June.

This is our local Carnival and the Band were pleased to have been booked for this popular event. The Band and our music were well received along the Carnival route.
Wednesday 21st June

Another rehearsal at Butchers Coppice. Some of our members who were away at University have returned. We rehearsed the music for the upcoming summer season of carnivals and then some practice in sectionals. Our Beginners, Training Band and the 2nd Cornets had practices as well.
Wednesday 14th June

Rehearsal at Butchers Coppice. A new march "Officer of the Day" has been added to our repertoire. The Band played Buglers Nocturne in memory of those killed, injured and affected by the terrorist attacks in London and Manchester, the fire in London, Esme Butler and Eddie Burridge. Here we have the Drums practicing using their new practice pads.

Saturday 10th June - Wimborne Minster Folk Festival

Band Photo at the Model Town.

Saturday 10th June - Wimborne Minster Folk Festival

Performance 3 - Wimborne Royal British Legion


Saturday 10th June - Wimborne Minster Folk Festival

Performance 2 - Wimborne Model Town


Saturday 10th June - Wimborne Minster Folk Festival

Performance 1 - Willow Walk
This Band Meeting on 7th June was held at Rossmore. The Band rehearsed the new display routine and then some of our new music.

 We are looking forward to performing in the Wimborne Minster Folk Festival this Saturday. Here's a photo of our great Training Band in action this evening.
Wednesday 31st May

The Band had a well earned  week off band rehearsals to celebrate Dorset Day. We held a social event - a skittles evening in Corfe Mullen. Great fun!

Happy Dorset Day on 1st June!

Wednesday 24th May

Back in the Bandroom at Butchers Coppice this week. This week we welcomed Kevin Smith as guest conductor. We focussed in detail on several of our new pieces.

Dawn worked with the beginners and the Training Band.

Thanks to Soundstorm for arranging for Kevin to work with the Band.
Wednesday 17th May

The Band meeting was held at Rossmore Leisure Centre. We rehearsed the display routine as well as playing through some of the marches in readiness for the upcoming events and carnivals.


Weekly Meetings have continued at our Butchers Coppice base. New music introduced and great progress made.

On May 10th we were joined by John Randall who ran a Cornet workshop for us. Thanks to Soundstorm for arranging this.
Over the weekend of 21st to 23rd April the Band held their Band Camp in Bournemouth.

In addition to practicing the new display the Band also rehearsed some exciting new music.

Other activities during the weeeknd included trampolining, agility trail, air rifle shooting, archery, climbing and abseiling.
On Sunday 23rd April the Band supported the Bournemouth Scouts for their St George's Day Parade.

Here we see the Band in the parade marching througn Pier Approach and into Bournemouth Gardens.

Meetings in April have been split between Butchers Coppice and Rossmore Leisure Centre.

Attention has focussed on the aspects of the new display routine and great progress has been made.  The routine has been finalised and will be practiced in more detail at the upcoming Band Camp.

Meetings through March have focussed on preparing for the upcoming summer season of performances. Amongst these will be a return visit to perform in the Wimborne Minster Folk Festival in June.

An exciting development has been the Band rehearsing with Bagpipes and this will bring a new dimension to some of our perfornances.

The Training Band for beginners has continued to grow and the members are making great progress. In addition to learning to read music and play an instrument they have also been practicing drill.
Our weekly reharsals have continued through into March. New music is being introduced to widen and refresh our repertoire ready for the year's performances.

The Band is hoping to increase our membership and expand our capability. We will have some exciting news on this shortly.

Members are looking forward to the Band Camp being held in April. This year the Band Camp will include some exciting leisure and adventure activities.

The Band have received a nice thank you card from the Mayor and Mayoress who both attended our concert.


After the half term break the Band returned on 22nd February to weekly practices. Great to welcome many new members over the last few weeks. We are now working on new music getting ready for this year's exciting performances.

We held our annual concert on 8th February at St Paul's Church in Throop.
"Thanks for a great night and great choice of music .... everyone seemed to enjoy it and had a great time."
"It was the best night I have had for a long time. The music was great very entertaining and am looking forward to the next one."
"Fantastic night at the concert, thank you to everyone involved!"
"Thanks for a good night has made me happy."
"Many thanks for inviting us to the Bournemouth Youth Marching Band Concert - they all did very well and the whole evening was spot on. It is great to see everyone enjoying what they do especially the younger members. Please pass on our thanks and best wishes to everyone and looking forward to seeing you in and around the area."
Wednesdays 25th January and 1st February

Rehearsals again focussed on the upcoming concert and it's coming together very nicely.

It's going to be a fantastic evening and we will be really pleased to welcome the Mayor and Mayoress of Bournemouth.

Admission is free and its on Wednesday 8th February 7.15pm at St Paul's Church, Throop.
Wednesdays 4th, 11th and 18th January
Our practices continue to focus on the music for our annual concert.
It's been great to see some new members joining both the Main Band and the Training Band.
In the Training Band our members learning how to read music, play an instrument and basic drill.
In the picture we have the Corps of Drums section rehearsing the new drum feature.


Wednesday 21st December

The BYMB Christmas Party brings the Band's year to an end.

More photos from the Party are in the Gallery Page under Activities.
Wednesdays 7th and 14th December

The Band continued rehearsing the new Christmas music and also the music for the upcoming "Concert 2017".

Excellent progress is being made.

The Band are excited for their Christmas Party on the 21st.
Sundays 4th, 11th and 18th December

The Band entertained Christmas shoppers at the Tesco Superstores in Tower Park, Poole and Castle Lane East, Bournemouth.

Thank you for your generous donations and Merry Christmas!

Wednesday 30th November

The Band recorded their Christmas video today. In the second half of the meeting the main band and training band worked on the music for the February concert.


Tuesday 29th November

A small ensemble from the Band played Christmas Carols for the members and staff of the Ferndown Blind Club.
Wednesday 23rd November
Another excellent Band meeting this evening, The Brass and Woodwind practiced the new Christmas music.The Drums have a really exciting new drum feature which is going so well. Together the Band started working on some of the music for our February concert and also prepared for the Band's Christmas video. Great to welcome some new members to the Band as well!
Wednesday 16th November - Band Rehearsal

With the Remembrance period over the Band moved on to Christmas Music. The Drums also worked on a new drum feature. The Band's first engagement is an ensemble for a local blind club.

We also produced a short video for the Mannequin Challenge. Great fun!
Remembrance Sunday 13th November. West Moors.

The Band led the two parades and also played the hymns and the National Anthem for the Remembrance service at the Memorial. Again this year there was a large crowd paying their respects to the fallen.

We will remember them.
The RBL Hall at Ferndown was full to capacity for our Remembrance Concert on Saturday 12th November.

It was a great evening with a fantastic audience. Images from the Concert are in the Gallery and there are some videos from the show in the Videos page.
Wednesday 9th November

A final run through of the music for the Remembrance Concert and the hymns for the Remembrance Parade.

Tickets for the concert are still available from the Ferndown RBL.

It should be a great night.
The Band performed in the Weymouth Festival of Remembrance in the Pavilion Theatre on Sunday 6th November, to an audience of around 600.

The Band played a half hour pre - show, a Fanfare, 2 x 15 minute sets, marched on the standards, built the drumhead and a finale.

The music played included a special rendition of We'll Meet Again which was performed in the finale accompanied by all the choirs, dancers and the Decadettes.


Wednesday 2nd November - Rehearsal at Butchers Coppice.

We focussed on the music for the upcomimg Remembrance Concert in Ferndown on Saturday 12th November 7.15pm.

We also rehearsed the hymns for the West Moors Remembrance Parade on Sunday 13th November.

Saturday 29th October - Dorset Poppy Appeal Launch, Ferndown

After the parade we played The British Legion March for the standards to march on. We then gave a half hour concert to entertain the audience following the Act of Remembrance.
This included two new pieces of music for the Band - Blaze Away and Circle of Life.

Saturday 29th October - Dorset Poppy Appeal Launch, Ferndown

The Band led the ' Young Poppies' Parade through the precinct in Ferndown. We played It's A Beautiful Day, Disney Magical Marches and December 63.

Wednesday 26th October

A special rehearsal at St Clement's Church in Poole which enabled us to practice some of the music and stage movements for the upcoming concerts.

Our next performance is on Saturday morning from 10am for Dorset's County Poppy Launch in Ferndown.
Wednesdays 12th and 19th October

Rehearsals continue preparing for our Remembrance concerts and events.Great progress has been made with the music.

The first of these events is on the morning of Saturday October 29th at the Dorset Poppy Appeal Launch in Ferndown.
Saturday 8th October.

The Band travelled to Chard in Somerset for the evening illuminated Carnival which we led.
Crowds thronged the route and showed their appreciation of the Band. We wore our new Mistral jackets for the first time. It was a great performance.
Wednesday 5th October

Rehearsals this evening again focussed on the music for the upcoming Remembrance concerts and parades.

The training band had tuition on thier instruments and in basic drill.
Wednesdays 21st and 28th September

Rehearsals have concentrated on the music for the upcoming concerts. Great progress is being made.

Our training band is being split into two groups to cater for the different levels.
Ringwood Carnival - Saturday 17th September

The Band returned to Ringwood to perform in their evening Carnival.

Another great performance which was obviously enjoyed by the crowds along the route.
Blandford Carnival - Saturday September 10th.

The Band led the illuminated carnival through the streets and town centre of Blandford Forum.

Once the procession had passed through we played Abide With Me and Sunset for the Mayor and other civic dignatories.
The Band returned to weekly practices on Wednesday 7th September after a well earned 3 week summer break.

It was good to see everyone again as well as some new members.

The music folders have been re-organised for the upcoming performances this autumn and a really good start has been made on the new music.

The 2016 Band Tour - Completed.


6 performances, three countries, 7 days.


A terrific achievement by the Band, testament to the teamwork, determination and commitment of the members and the support team. Thank you to the businesses and organisations that supported the Tour.

Lyme Regis Carnival - Saturday 13th August

After a short break the Band headed to Lyme Regis for their Carnival.

We led the Carnival through the town, down to the Beach and the Lifeboat Station. Crowds thronged the route and clearly enjoyed our performance. We also gave a short concert style performance.
12th August - Disneyland Paris, France

A second full day in the theme parks before heading for home at 11pm. Thanks to Disney Performing Arts.

We arrived back in Bournemouth at 0930 on the 13th.
11th August - Disneyland Paris, France

This picture was taken after our performance on the Videopolis stage in Disneyland Paris. The photo includes the members and the support team.

We then had the opportunity to enjoy the two parks until closing time.


10th August - Tyne Cot Cemetery, Belgium

The Band wreath laid at the memorial in the cemetery.

From here we then headed to our hotel in Paris and dinner in Fontenay.
10th August  - Last Post, Tyne Cot Cemetery, Belgium

Blake and Ben played the Last Post before we held a minute's silence and the laying of a wreath from the Band.

The Band remembers those who gave their lives during the First World War.


Our first stop on 10th August was the Passchendaele 1917 Museum.


Following our visit here we travelled on to Tyne Cot.



On 9th August en route between Ooostende and Ypres the Band visited the Oostende Belgian Chocolate Factory.
August 8th - 13th BYMB Band Tour 2016 - Performances in Diksmuide, Oostende, Menin Gate Ypres and Disneyland Paris. During the Tour the Band also visited the Passchendaele 1917 Museum, Tyne Cot and a Belgian Chocolate Factory.


August 8th - 10th we stayed in the Hotel Pax in historic Diksmuide in Belgium. Our hotels were booked through Rayburn Tours.
August 8th  - The start of the Tour.

We left Bournemouth at 0630 having loaded up the instruments, equipment, luggage and the Munch Box supplies.

This is our coach about to board the ferry at Dover. Thank you to Laguna Holidays and DFDS Seaways.

August 7th Poole Carnival

The Band led the Carnival from Seaview along Ashley Rd and then down to the Branksome Recreation Ground.

We wore a special uniform for the event and performed a wide variety of music which was appreciated by the crowds along the route,
On Wednesday August 3rd the Band held their annual beach party at Branksome Beach.

It was a lovely evening with just a small breeze. Just right for games on the beach.

The Band are now looking forward to their next performance on Sunday leading Poole Carnival.


Wednesday 27th July

Rossmore Leisure Centre

Our final rehearsal before the Band Tour and the other performances during August in Poole and Lyme Regis carnivals. We're ready!
Saturday 23rd July

Bag Packing and Collection at Asda Castlepoint.

Thank you to the members and parents that helped and to Asda for the opportunity. Thanks also to shoppers for their kind donations to the Band.

The Band is unable to survive without the funds provided by activities such as this so we are very grateful to those that supported this.

Rehearsals through July have focussed on the perfromances at the Menin Gate and Disneyland Paris.

The Band held their AGM on 13th July. New instruments including bugles and cornets were presented to the Band. Also on view were a recently purchased secondhand tuba, euphonium, trombone and a cornet. The Finance Report and also acheievements during the last year were reviewed, Our exciting plans for the future were discussed.

Some new music has also been tried and will be taken forward after the summer, The Band's Spring Concert next year will be "Heroes and a Few Villains"
BYMB were proud to support the Royal British Legion in their commemoration of the Somme.

This included members of the Cadet Forces building a drumhead  using our drums. We played for the two hymns, the National Anthem and various pieces of music suited to the occasion including the 1914 Medley.
Wednesday 29th June

This evening's rehearsal concentrated on the music for the Somme 100 Commemoration being held this Friday.

The Band sound really good and we are ready for this important event.

The Training Band continued their practice on the music ready for the Band AGM in a few weeks time.
Sunday 26th June - Car Treasure Hunt
Members from the Band took part in this annual event.
The route this year took us through Ferndown, West Moors, Alderholt, Fordingbridge and Ringwood.
It was a fun afternoon and well done to everyone on solving so many of the clues.
Winton Carnival
Saturday 25th June
Once again the Band played in our local Carnival through the main street of Winton down to the Recreation Ground.
The Band played a variety of music ranging from It's A Beautiful Day to the Radetsky March.
Wednesdays 15th and 22nd June
Rehearsals at the Rossmore Leisure Centre.
Preparing for the upcoming AGM, Carnivals, Somme Commemoration and the Tour.
The Training Band have worked on their 2 pieces for the AGM.

Wimborne Minster Folk Festival - Sunday 12th June.


A great day for the band with a display in Wimborne Square and a concert in West Borough. Both were well received. The Band also played the National Anthem at the request of The Royal British Legion in recognition of Her Majesty's 90th birthday.


There are more pictures from the day in the Gallery page and also on the Band's Facebook page.

A run through of our display on Wednesday 8th June preparing for the Wimborne Minster Folk Festival on Sunday.

Following the break we rehearsed some of the extra music we will be playing.  It is great to have such a wide range of music to choose from.


Wednesday 1st June

Games night - a well deserved night off from band practise.

More pictures in the Gallery and the Band's Facebook page.


Wednesdays 18th and 25th May

Concert style reherasals at Butchers Coppice.

New music is being gradually introduced to the Band in readiness for the summer season.

Good progress is being made.


On Saturday 14th May the Band performed their display in the Kingston Borough Bands Tattoo.

This was a great event where we played alongside seven similar bands and then came togther as a massed band for the finale.



The first two rehearsals in May have focussed on the upcoming Kingston Borough Bands Tattoo.

Wednesday 4th May at Butchers Coppice - the Massed Band Music.
Wednesday 11th May at Rossmore Leisure Centre - our Display.

The Band are now ready and are looking forward to Saturday.

Wednesday 27th April

Display Rehearsal at Rossmore Leisure Centre

During the evening we had 2 run throughs of our new display routine and also focussed on a couple of the moves.

Good progress was made again and the Band are looking forward to the first public performance of the Display at the upcoming Kingston Band Tattoo.




Sunday 24th April. After lunch we continued our display rehearsals. The display is looking and sounding really good. After a final run through it was time to go home with all our objectives for the weekend fully achieved.



On Sunday 24th April we travelled down into Bournemouth by coach to play in the annual St George's Day Parade. The parade went from above Durley Chine past the BIC, the Pier and into the Bournemouth Gardens. We then travelled back to Camp.


Band Camp continued on Saturday 23rd April. 

We rehearsed the new display routine throughout the day.  We had another concert session followed by a fun jamming session. Music folders were swapped between players and many swapped instruments. The jam session finished with Thunderbirds (some members acting as the marionette characters) and Sweet Caroline (with some members singing the lyrics).

Friday 22nd April - the first day of Band Camp.


After settling into the accommodation at Butchers Coppice  we rehearsed various pieces of music in concert style. We also had a first play through Pirates of the Caribbean.

The evening finished with bingo and some free time.

Wednesday 20th April


Rehearsal at Butchers Coppice.


The Band are concentrating on the music for the new display routine and for the Massed Band at the Kingston Tattoo. The Drums are learning an exciting new drum solo. Band Camp is only a few days away now.

Wednesday 13th April.


Marching Band season has started. Today the Band rehearsed their new arena display routine at the Rossmore Lesiure Centre. 


The first three pieces of music were covered and great progress was made.

Wednesday 6th April

The Band are keen to recruit young musicians of all standards. Leaflets were distributed to around 1000 homes in Bournemouth, Poole and Ferndown.

The Band's next meeting is on Wednesday 13th April at Rossmore Leisure Centre from 6.30pm.

We are now only a couple of weeks away to our weekend Band Camp and a performance in the Bournemouth St George's Day Parade.

Wednesday 30th March. 

It's been a busy few months since Christmas so the Band had a social event in place of the weekly rehearsal.

The Band took over the Laser Quest arena for a full hour and had three exciting games. It was a great evening and lots of fun.

Wednesdays 16th and 23rd March

All the music for the upcoming season has been introduced and we are now rehearsing it. As always good progress is being made. The Band has now broken up for Easter - however we have a social event at Laser Quest we are looking forward to. 




Wednesdays 2nd and 9th March

The Band have started rehearsing the music and display routine in preparation for the upcoming season.
Several new pieces are being looked at which will challenge the members in the Band whilst some old favourites are being re-introduced.
Good progress has been made and we are on target.
The Band are especially looking forward to the Kingston Bands Tattoo on 14th May where we will be performing with seven other chromatic Bands similar to ourselves.



Wednesday 24th February.

The Band rehearsed some of the new music for the summer season. We regularly refresh our music to match the performances that we have. We also practiced three of our display routine pieces.

Excellent progress was made and the summer is going to be awesome. The Band are really looking forward to some very prestigious performances that have already been lined up.

Wednesday 17th February.
Back to rehearsals and we have started practicing the music for our new display routine.
Excellent progress was made and the music is already sounding great.
We regularly refresh the music that we play for the various events throughout the year. Music folders are now being prepared for the spring and summer. There are some exciting new pieces for the Band to play.
Over the last few months we have welcomed several new members who have already taken their place in the Band and we hope that this trend continues. Now is a great time for new members to join.

Wednesday 10th February
We held a very successful concert at St Thomas Church in Ensbury Park.
A great performance from both the main band and the training band.
Well done to everyone and thanks to the audience for your support and appreciation.

Wednesday 3rd February

Our final run through rehearsal before the Band's 2016 concert. Very successful.

All is now set for next Wednesday.

Wednesdays 19th and 26th January

Two rehearsals concentrating on the music for the Concert.

Excellent progress has been made on the music and we have a great programme ready for the Concert.

So come and see the Band at our 2016 concert on Wednesday 10th February 7.15pm at St Thomas Church in Ensbury Park.



Wednesday 12th January

Another excellent rehearsal working on the music for the concert.

Over the last few weeks the Band's music library has received some attention to tidy it up.
Wednesday 5th January
A very successful first meeting of 2016.
The Band rehearsed the music for the 2016 concert being held on Wednesday 10th February at St Thomas, Ensbury Park starting at 7.15pm.
The training band worked on their 2 pieces for the Concert and the Drums held a sectional practice.

Wednesday 23rd December.


The Band Christmas Party was a lot of fun and brought the Band's year to a conclusion.


Thanks to everyone - members, helpers, supporters and friends for making 2015 so successful.


Bring on 2016!

Our last Christmas Performance was on the morning of Sunday 20th December at Tesco, Bournemouth.


We played a selection of our normal music and carols.


The Band attracted a large audience as we entertained the shoppers.


Thanks to everyone that has played, helped or supported the Band during the month.

Wednesday 16th December


No rehearsal this week ...... instead a Christmas performance at Tesco in Kinson.


The Band played a mix of carols and our normal music.

Sunday 13th December


Young Performers Concert - Ensembles and Soloists.


An array of talent from the Band performed for this event at the Ferndown RBL Hall.


It was a great evening with an appreciative audience. Well done everyone.


Sunday 13th December.


Our Christmas performances continued entertaining the shoppers at Tesco in Poole.


A selection of carols and our normal music was played.




Wednesday 9th December


The Band rehearsed and then recorded Polar Express for their Christmas video. 


An incredible result in such as short time.


We then separated into ensemble groups to rehearse the music for the concert on Sunday.

Ensemble rehearsals continued on the afternoon of Sunday 5th December.


Good progress was made by all the groups and the conceert on Sunday 13th is going to be great.


The Young Performers Concert is being held at the Ferndown RBL Hall and starts at 7.15pm.

Sunday 5th December


Christmas Performance


Tesco Bournemouth


The Band were pleased to entertain shoppers with a mix of our normal music and carols.


It also gave us the opportunity to run some pieces that we haven't played for a while.

Friday 3rd December


Our second Christmas event with an ensemble playing carols for the Wimborne First School Nativity.


As a finale the children joined with the Band performing We Wish You A Merry Christmas.




Wednesday 2nd December - Rehearsal


The first half of the meeting was the whole Band rehearsing the music for our next concert.


During the second half members split up into their ensemble groups to work on their music for the upcoming Young Performers Concert.



Tuesday 1st December


A quintet from the Band played Christmas carols for the Ferndown Blind Club.


The members and volunteers were really appreciative and joined in singing.


The Band were pleased to support such a worthy group and wish everyone involved a very Happy Christmas.

Wednesday 25th November - Rehearsal


Another busy but fun practice with the first half concentrating on the Concert music.


In the second half we rehearsed carols and christmas music.


The Corps of Drums held a sectional practice and gave the rest of the Band a performance of their new drum feature.


Wednesday 18th November - Rehearsal


A busy evening rehearsing music for our next concert.


In the second half the drums held a sectional practice whilst the rest of the Band rehearsed Christmas music and carols.


The Training Band continues to make good progress.


Our first ever Young Performers Concert is being held on Sunday 13th December starting at 7.15pm at the Ferndown Royal British Legion.


Don't miss this event!


Come along to this spectacular concert to support our soloists and small ensembles.


Sunday 15th November


Ensembles Rehearsal


A busy full afternoon with the ensembles rehearsing their music for the Concert.


A huge amount of progress was made and we look forward to the Concert on the evening of 13th December.

Wednesday 11th November - Rehearsal


The Band played a new piece The Irish Blessing and started rehearsing I Dreamed A Dream from Les Miserables. We also rehearsed some carols and Christmas music ready for the busy programme of Christmas performances. 


The drums had a sectional rehearsal and the Training Band continued to progress with their music.


The evening finished with Merry Christmas Everybody and Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines.


Wednesday 11th November - Armistice Day.


"We will remember them"


A collage of photos from our recent Remembrance events:


Remembrance Concert at the Ferndown Royal British Legion.


Remembrance Parade in West Moors.





The opportunity was taken to take a team photo of the Band following the Remembrance Day parade in West Moors.


The photo shows the Band in the new uniform and with the new snare and bass drums.


Remembrance Sunday 8th November - Parade and Service in West Moors.


The Band led the Remembrance Parade through West Moors to and from the War Memorial in the centre of the village. 

 

The Band also played for the hymns and the National Anthem.


Appropriate music for the parade was selected from our repertoire and included the 1914 Medley, Little Bugler, A Bridge Too Far, Sir John Moore, Great Escape and Death or Glory with drum solos in between each.

There was a packed Ferndown Royal British Legion hall for the Remembrance Concert given by the Band on Saturday 7th November. The concert was in aid of the Poppy Appeal.


The music of the first half was chosen around the themes of the Royal British Legion, the Queen, The Battle of Britain and the First and Second World Wars.


The second half included some modern music, a traditional act of remembrance and finishing with a sing along of Land of Hope and Glory, then the famous Radetsky March and the National Anthem.


There was an encore of Victory from Cry of the Celts and December 63.


The concert was an opportunity to put the new snare and bass drums through their paces and also to launch our new uniform. There were lots of very positive comments.


The new snare and bass drums, complete with cases and accessories were delivered to the Band on 5th November.


They now need to be unpacked and tuned up. They are all in military colours - blue and red.


Hopefully they will see their first use at the Remembrance Concert on Saturday evening


Rehearsal - 4th November


The final rehearsal before our busy remembrance weekend. It's the culmination of several weeks of practicing and the result will be a credit to everyone.


We had a run through of all the music for the Remembrance Concert and the Remembrance Parade. All is ready.


The new band shirts were handed out. Gradually the new uniform is becoming a reality.

Rehearsal - 28th October


With just one more practice before the Remembrance Concert we continued to focus on the music.


The proceeds for the concert, hosted by the Ferndown branch of the Royal British Legion will go to the Poppy Appeal. Tickets are just £2.50 each available from the Branch.


The new Band hats were tried on and named. They will now be fitted with the new hat band and the new band badge.

Rehearsal - 21st October


A busy evening continuing to rehearse for the Remembrance Concert and the Remembrance Parade.


The drums also held a sectional practice and the Training Band progressed with their music.


The Band will soon be moving to their new uniform and preparations for this changeover are going well.



Taunton Carnival - 17th October


The Band traveled to Taunton in Somerset for the town's annual illuminated carnival procession. This was our third appearance at this event.


Before the procession the Band decorated their instruments with lights. 


The Band proved very popular through the Town Centre. We received lots of applause from the large audience along the route.



Another BYMB event that you won't want to miss.


Get the date in your diaries now!


The Band are proud to support the Poppy Appeal and the Royal British Legion.


Tickets for our Remembrance Concert are available from the Ferndown Branch of the Royal British Legion or through a Band Member.


They are great value at just £2.50 each.

Wednesday 14th October


The Band continued rehearsing for the Remembrance Concert.


The Training Band continues to make really good progress.


The details of our Solos Concert to be held at the Ferndown British Legion Hall on the evening of Sunday 13th December were announced.


Preparations have started for moving to our new Band Uniform. 


The Band are looking forward to performing in the Taunton Carnival this Saturday.

Wednesday 7th October


Jenny took the Training Band tonight whilst our main Band continued to rehearse for the Remembrance Concert on 7th November.


Excellent progress continues to be made with all the pieces. Well done everyone.


These are exciting times for the Band in so many ways.


Rehearsal - Wednesday 30th September


Our practice concentrated on the music for the upcoming Remembrance Concert (Saturday 8th November, Ferndown RBL Hall - tickets available soon).


Everything is coming together nicely and excellent progress is being made.


Now is a great time for young musicians to join the Band as we will shortly be rehearsing the Christmas music and the new music for next year.

An exciting rehearsal on Wednesday 23rd September.


It was announced that the Band had passed the audition to perform on stage at Disneyland Paris next August. There were some nice comments with the audition report.


The Band rehearsed some of the music for the Remembrance Concert including the Battle of Britain segment and the finale pieces. Tickets will be on sale soon!


Then we had some fun playing the Lady Gaga Showmix and Happy.


Ringwood Carnival, 19th September 2015


The Band played in the evening illuminated carnival procession through the streets of Ringwood.


Crowds thronged the roadside along the route and the audience clearly enjoyed the music and the 'mini displays' along the way.


Favourites with the audience were It's A Beautiful Day and Rolling In The Deep.

Another productive rehearsal on 16th September.


Jenny took the Training Band and Blake ran a sectional practice with the drums.


The Band worked on the music for the upcoming Remembrance Concert and in particular the section commemorating 75 years of the Battle of Britain.


After the break the Band practiced Dads Army and Don't Stop Believin'.


A good night.

The Band took part in Blandford Carnival on Saturday 12th September.


We played a wide variety of music along the route which was clearly enjoyed by the audience.


The Band were awarded the Best Band trophy as we passed the Town Hall.


The picture shows some of our younger members at the finish with the trophy.


Several of our members helped Dorset Youth with the Sunset Ceremony outside the Town Hall.


The Band are now looking forward to Ringwood Carnival next Saturday.


On the 9th September we held a recording session in place of our normal rehearsal.


Using professional recording equipment the Band recorded four of their favourite pieces of music.


The Training Band held their usual meeting before joining with the main band in the second half of the evening.


The Band are now looking forward to perfroming at Blandford Carnival on Saturday evening. The Carnival leaves Holland Way at 7.15pm making it's way to the town centre.

Meeting on Wednesday 2nd September. The start of the autumn season.


We rehearsed the music soon to be recorded as our audition for Disneyland Paris.


The Band practiced one of the hymns for Remembrance.


We played through some of our recently introduced music including 2 new pieces.


Our 2nd Cornets ran a session for the Training Band.


The Drums had a sectional practice.



In the middle of August 30 members of the Band took a 3 day trip by coach to Alton Towers, staying in a building at the Gradbach Scout Camp.


Everyone had a great time and the theme park wan't too busy so there were only small queues for the rides. 


The Band now restarts on Wednesday 2nd September at Butchers Coppice Activity Centre.




On 12th August the Band held their annual Beach Party at Branksome Beach. Many members and friends attended.


A great evening of fun and games with fantastic weather.


On Saturday 8th August the Band led the Lyme Regis Carnival.


There was a large appreciative crowd along the route.


The Band also gave a short concert outside the Royal Lion Hotel.


"Thank you so much for taking part, was fabulous having you here and leading the parade."


"Thank you all for a wonderful march at the Carnival on Saturday, you were truly amazing, thank you all."


An 'end of term' rehearsal at Butchers Coppice on Wednesday 5th August having a closer look at Hallelujah and played through some of the music chosen by our members.


On Saturday the Bournemouth Youth Marching Band will be leading the carnival in Lyme Regis. The carnival starts at 8pm from Holmbush Car Park and finishes at the Lifeboat Station.



On Sunday 2nd August the Band took part in the second Poole Carnival.


The Carnival started at the Viewpoint in Branksome and went along the full length of Ashley Rd and finished at the Branksome Recreation Ground.


There was a good sized audience along the way who clearly enjoyed the music we were playing. 


The Band also won the trophy for the Best Marching Band in the Carnival.




The Band Rehearsal on 29th July was held in the Sports Hall of Rossmore Leisure Centre.


The Band worked on some drill practice followed by a session rehearsing Game of Thrones. Police Academy and December 63 brought the evening to an end.


Some of our newer members received brass and music tuition in a small group.


The Band are now looking forward to performing in Poole Carnival this Sunday.

Wednesday 22nd July and another rehearsal in the Jubilee Centre at Butchers Coppice. 

Tonight's music:

It's A Beautiful Day

Victory from Cry of the Celts

Thunderbirds

Bugler In Vienna

High On A Hill

Army of the Nile

Rolling In The Deep

Lion King

Young Amadeus

December 63

One Moment In Time

Wednesday 15th July


This week's rehearsal was held in the Centenary Hut at the Butchers Coppice Activity Centre.


The Band concentrated on playing several pieces of music. Good progress was made and several new tunes are almost ready for inclusion in performances.


The second half of the meeting was given over to a members and parents briefing on our upcoming Band trip "The Great Escape".


2 performances at the Emergency Services Family Fun Day, Poole Park on 11th July.


First, around the Showground


Second, a display and short concert in the arena.


Two concert style performances by our Training Band playing Halellujah and the theme from Jurassic Park.


Our Have A Go stand was always busy and we had lots of interest from the public.

A concert style rehearsal on Wednesday 8th July.


The main band continued working on some of the newer pieces as well as Army of the Nile.


The training band had fun with their 2 new pieces of music in readiness for the 999 Emergency Services Fun Day this Saturday.


Come down to Poole Park and see us perform during the afternoon.


BYMB are proud to support Streetwise and all the Emergency Services in Dorset.


Wednesday 1st July - Rehearsal


A great evening playing through some of our more recently introduced music and an old favourite - Bugler In Vienna.


A special focus on Police Academy to get it to the point where it is almost ready to be played in performance.


The Band are looking forward to this Sunday's pop up concert at the Kinson Music Festival. See us on the Green at 1pm.


The Band held a Car Treasure Hunt on Sunday 28th June.


Nine families participated and the route went from Butchers Coppice through Ferndown, Holt and Horton ending up at Avon Heath Country Park. 


Thank you to everyone that took part and well done to the three winners.



Winton Carnival


We were proud to be one of just two Bands taking part in this year's spectacular Winton Carnival held on Saturday 27th June. This was our first time in the Carnival.


This is one of our local carnivals and it was great to play for the large crowd which lined the route through Winton.


" You guys were fabulous. Thank you!"

" Very cool to watch and well done all"





Rehearsal - Wednesday 24th June.


The Band rehearsed Happy, Little Bugler, Mechanised Infantry and Thunderbirds. We also took a first look at Dads Army.


After the break we broke up into sectional rehearsals.


Performance on Saturday in Winton Carnival followed by a social event - our Car Treasure Hunt - on Sunday.


Another excellent rehearsal on Wednesday 17th June.


The Band played and practiced marching to It's A Beautiful day and Rolling In The Deep.


After the break the Band started practicing The Standard of St George and then played through some other pieces.


Our wonderful Corps of Drums received some tuition in a small group on their bugles.


The Band are now looking forward to their programme of Summer performances starting with Winton Carnival on the morning of Saturday 27th June.



Wednesday 10th June


Another 2 new stunning pieces of music tackled this evening and great progress made.


We are already thinking about and preparing for the Queen and Country concert being held in November.


In the first half Dawn worked with our brilliant training band and then everyone joined together for the second half.


The evening finished with Thunderbirds and Disney Magical Marches.

Rehearsal - Wednesday 3rd June


The first half of the meeting was spent rehearsing a new piece of music - Thunderbirds and also playing through some of the other recently introduced pieces.


The second part was the Band's AGM attended by members and parents. The meeting reflected on the huge progress made over the last year and the exciting plans and opportunities for the year ahead.


On Saturday 30th May we held a display rehersal at Rossmore Leisure Centre.


The following day we travelled by coach to Okehampton in Devon to a Band Competition run by the military.


Our Corps of Drums were pleased to be awarded a second place silver award for their new drum feature.


Wednesday 27th May - a stunning rehearsal with the focus on the display routine. Coincidentally there was several scout groups camping around the field at Butchers Coppice and they enjoyed watching the routine and gave us a massive applause at the end.


After a break the drums worked on their drum feature  ...... wow! - and the brass and woodwind marked up their marchcards and practiced the transitions between quick and slow march. 



Wednesday 20th May and our weekly rehearsal started with the Band playing the National Anthem, Police Academy, Highland Cathedral, Royal Salute and Buglers Nocturne.


After the break we went outside to practice the display routine. It's looking and sounding really good and everyone is congratulated on the progress that has been made.





On Sunday 17th May the Drums held an additional practice to work on the new drum feature. 


Here's four of our snare drummers rehearsing.




Wednesday 6th May - The evening started with the Band playing through music from the display and carnival routines.


The training band continued working on their music and are making good progress.


In the second half the Band concentrated on Game Of Thrones and the Corps of Drums worked on their new drum feature.


The evening finished with the Drums performing the new drum feature ot the Band and the Band played Radetsky March. A really good evening's playing.


Wednesday 13th May - The evening was spent with the Band rehearsing and finalising the display routine. 

Saturday 2nd May


A display rehearsal finishing off the display routine.


Excellent progress made.


Music and the display routine sounding and looking good.


29th April - another brilliant and productive rehearsal.


Display routine has moved onto the next piece of music. Sounding and looking better all the time.


The Carnival Set of music was rehearsed and the music is sounding great.


The Drum Solo was rehearsed and then performed to the Band and it's looking and sounding really good.


A great effort by everyone.


Wednesdays 15th and 22nd April. Weekly rehearsals at Butchers Coppice with the sun shining on us.


Good progress was made on the display routine which is being changed to enable us to perform it in a smaller arena.


Our music and the drum solo are going really well. The Training Band are also progressing.


The Band is now rehearsing the new carnival music set which incorporates some of the pieces that have been introduced in the last few weeks.




On Saturday 11th April we held a Display Rehearsal.


Excellent progress was made with the new routine and it's looking and sounding great.


Well done everyone.

It was a brilliant rehearsal on April 8th.


The evening started playing through Final Countdown, It's A Beautiful Day, Rolling In The Deep and Happy.


The Training Band worked on Scooby Doo.


After the break Dawn worked with the Band on Pirates of the Caribbean and Police Academy. Great progress was made with Dawn's guidance.


We now have a new supplier of Band Shoes which should ensure that the Band Uniform continues to look very smart.

Our first practice in April -  April 1st.


Warm Up to Rolling In The Deep

Police Academy March

Rehearse part of the new display - light evenings at last.

Tea Break

Drums - working on the new drum solo

Brass / Wind - Its All About That Bass, It's A Beautiful Day. Death or Glory


And ..... checking uniform. Another great productive evening.




The Band held a Display Rehearsal on the morning of Sunday 29th March.


We concentrated on the routine to one of the pieces of music.


Good progress was made and we now have over half of our new display routine in place.



25th March. One of our weekly rehearsals.


The evening started with the Band playing through some of our current repertoire. The Training Band met seperately.


After the break the Band worked on Lion King and Pirates of the Caribbean. The Drum section rehearsed their new drum feature with their instructor. There was also some 1 to 1 tuition.


The Band finshed the evening playing through A Bridge Too Far. 


A great evening's work and real progress made.

22 March - Emily (on Soprano Sax) and Ben (on Cornet) represented the Band at the TYMBA Solos Competition held in Wolverhampton. Both played magnificently. Winner and Runner Up (by an incredibly slim margin) awards gained.

18th March


The Training Band started the evening practising some basic drill. Well done!


The Main Band rehearsed and timed the music of their new display routine.


Both Bands then joined together to have a play through two new pieces of music - All About That Bass and Army of the Nile. Really good progress was made.


The evening finished with Happy, Police Academy (the theme from the films) and Michael Bublé 's It's A Beautiful Day. The Band also played Adele's Rolling In The Deep.


A great evening's playing.



At the rehearsal of 11th March we started by playing through the music for our 2015 display routine. We then worked on some of the new music including Zorba's Dance and Lady Gaga's The Famous Showmix! Excellent progress was made.


After the break the drums rehearsed their brand new drum feature and the brass, wind and tuned percussion continued with the new music.


The Training Band had a rehearsal until the break followed by some 1 to 1 tuition.


The Band came back together and the evening finished playing an old favourite - A Bridge Too Far.


At the rehearsal on 4th March we started by warming up to Royal Salute. 


We then continued practicing some of the new music and 2 new pieces were introduced. Great progress is being made on this music.


The Training Band are doing very well indeed and there was some 1 to 1 tuition as well.


The evening finished with the Band playing Journey Through America and Slaidburn.





The Band were featured in the Bournemouth Echo on the 3rd March.


Wednesday 25th February - Another great rehearsal.


Three more new pieces of music introduced to the Band and good progress made on them.


Worked on 2 of the other new pieces introduced over the last month.


New Drum Feature coming along very well indeed.


The Training Band started rehearsing an exciting new piece of music.


The Band are now registered as a voluntary youth project with the Bournemouth Council for Voluntary Service.


This will bring benefits to the members and the band as a whole as well as recognising that we contribute to the delivery of quality services to young people across the area,





At the meeting on February 18th we continued practicing the new music. This is coming along nicely.


We finished the evening playing Death or Glory, a piece that is especially popular with the Band.






Received from the Mayor and Mayoress of Bournemouth - 

Just a note to say how much we both enjoyed the concert by the Bournemouth Youth Marching Band - it was an excellent evenings entertainment - Wishing the Band all good wishes for the future.

On February 11th we had a busy evening - firstly practicing some display moves and then rehearsing in concert style some great new music.

Our band concert held on 4th February at St Pauls Church in Throop went really well and it was great to have such a large appreciative audience.


What people said:


.... what a fantastic concert you did tonight we really enjoyed ourselves. You should all be very proud.

Fabulous concert by the Bournemouth Youth Marching Band.......  a lot of hard work went into that and it really showed. We loved it! ........

........ another memorable Band Concert Well done Bournemouth Youth Marching Band.

Congratulations to everyone on a fantastic performance yesterday! 

I left buzzing!

Really did enjoy the Concert last night good selection of music, exceptionally well played to a very appreciative audience. Well Done.

...................it was a great concert. Well done to all the young people and instructors.

It was a brilliant evening. Thoroughly enjoyed it:-)

...,  it was a great night. Well done to all.

We loved it too. A great evening!

Lovely to hear how well they are all doing. Sounding better and stronger everytime. The smiling faces said it all. Well done everyone.

28th January  - Here's our training band rehearsing their piece for the concert.


This group of youngsters are making great progress and are sure to be a hit at our concert next week.



We had a final rehearsal of our concert at the meeting on the 28th January.


It was an excellent practice and everything is now ready. 


The Band have worked really hard preparing for the Concert and are looking forward to performing some of their new pieces as well as old favourites.



On Sunday January 25th the Band started rehearsing the new display routine.


We started by practicing some drill and then moved onto the first piece of music of the new routine. 


After a break we moved onto marching through some elements later on in the display.


Well done to everyone for the excellent progress made.


Great practices on 14th and 21st January. We worked on more music for the concert and 3 new members have joined. 


The Band is sounding really great and nicely balanced. Well done everyone.


Good progress is also being made with our new drum feature.


We have also been invited to the Royal Marines at Plymouth and we hope that we will be able to arrange this in addition to the Royal Marines School of Music.



Wednesday January 7th 2015, our first week back.


We continued rehearsing for the concert especially focussing on Hallelujah and Happy. Good progress was made. The Training Band worked on their piece for the concert.


The programme for the concert has been firmed up and it will be a great evening. The Band is delighted that the Mayor of Bournemouth will be in attendance.


Three new pieces of music have been purchased and we will start rehearsing them in February. There's other new music in the pipeline too.


Arrangements for a Training Day with the Royal Marines School of Music in Portsmouth has moved on a stage. Further details soon.




At the last meeting of the year, on December 17th, we held our annual Christmas Party.


Our meetings restart after Christmas and the New Year on Wednesday January 7th.





On Sunday December 14th the Band performed at Tesco Fleetsbridge and on the 21st we performed at Tesco in Tower Park, Poole.


We played a wide range of music including our normal repertoire together with Christmas music and carols.


We were made very welcome by both stores and customers and we would like to sincerely thank them for their generous donations.





At our rehearsal of Wednesday 10th December the Main Band and the Training Band started work on the music for the upcoming Concert.

Our Concert is being held on Wednesday 4th February at St Paul's Church in Throop starting at 7.15pm.

Good progress has been made and we are sounding really great.



On Sunday December 7th the Band played at the Castlepoint Shopping Centre in Bournemouth.


We played a good variety of music including Christmas music and carols.


The music was clearly appreciated by the shoppers and the Band were pleased to be able to entertain the local community.




At our meeting on the 3rd December members of the training band joined the main band.


We rehearsed some new carols and also Happy. Let It Go,  Hallelujah and a new arrangement of Final Countdown.


The drums worked on technique and a new impressive drum solo with their instructor.




On Tuesday 2nd December three members of the Band played carols for the Ferndown Blind Club.


The Hall was packed and the music was well received.


Thanks to the Club for their kind donation towards Band funds.

On the 26th November the Band recorded their contribution towards a national marching bands Christmas video message.


The Training Band performed Rock Around The Christmas Tree to the main Band. Bravo!


We also worked on Hallelujah, March of the Cobblers, Mechanised Infantry, Jellalabad, Hornpipe and some Christmas music. Very good progress.

At the meeting on November 19th the Band continued to rehearse Merry Christmas Everybody ready for the video recording next Wednesday.


We also practiced other Christmas music ready for the festive performances in December.


The Band also worked on other music preparing for our February concert. This included Happy and Let It Go from Frozen.


Our new professional percussion instructor worked with the drums and the training band are having fun with some christmas music that will be performed to the main band next month.


At the meeting on 12th November the Band rehearsed music ready for the festive period. 


We revisited music that we haven't played for a while. This included Royal Salute, Mechanised Infantry, Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines and Journey Through America.


We also practiced one of the more complex manoevures of our display routine.





On Remembrance Sunday, November 9th, the Band led the large parade through West Moors to the cenotaph.


During the Remembrance Service itself the Band played the hymns and the National Anthem.


After the service the Band the led the parade away from the Cenotaph playing the British Legion March.



The Band was booked by the Ferndown Royal British Legion to perform a full length Remembrance Concert on November 8th. The standards were marched in to the British Legion March.


We played an exciting programme which comprised of a wide range of traditional and comtemporary music. There was a formal remembrance during the second half followed by an audience sing along to the 1914 Medley and Land Of Hope and Glory.


The Band received several standing ovations during the evening and we would like to thank the audience for their wonderful appreciation and to the Ferndown RBL for booking us.




We had the final rehearsal for our Remembrance Concert on November 5th.


We ran through the whole programme for the evening and the Concert should be really spectacular.


The recently introduced new music for the Concert is now sounding really good.  





The Band took a well deserved evening out from rehearsals on October 29th for something completely different ....... archery and air rifle shooting.




On October 29th our training band gave a special halloween performance including Everything is Awesome. Great progress is being made by this group of young musicians.


At the Christchurch Poppy Launch on October 25th the Band played two short concert performances and then played in a massed band with the Christchurch Royal British Legion Band.


We played a good variety of music including the new Radetsky March. All the music was well received by the audience.


October 22nd ...... The Band continued to rehearse for the upcoming performances. It's all coming together nicely.


On Saturday we are performing in support of the RBL Christchurch Poppy Appeal Launch from approx 1100 in Saxon Square.


The training band continued with their halloween themed activities.


Next Wednesday, something completely different!


On Saturday 18th October the Band took part in the illuminated Taunton Carnival.


We played a variety of music which was well received by the thousands of spectators along the route through the Town.


For Rosie, Tayla and Taylor this was their first performance with the Band and they did a magnificent job as did everyone in the Band.



October 15th ..... Our training band 'The Young Apprentices' continue to make progress whilst having a lot of fun as well. Here they are working on playing a new piece of music.


The main band continued rehearsing ready for the Remembrance Concert on 8th November.



October 8th's practice again concentrated on Radetzky March. We also worked on the music for the Remembrance Concert on 8th November. This included the Royal British Legion March, Hornpipe, High on a Hill, Land of Hope and Glory, Sir John Moore and the 1914 Medley.


We also rehearsed Happy, One Moment In Time and Village People Hit Mix. We also looked at Merry Christmas Everyone in readiness for the upcoming Christmas season.


Terrific progress is being made and everyone is to be congratulated.

On October 1st we again concentrated our rehearsal on Radetzky March. This is really coming together well. We also practiced parts of our marching display routine. 


During the week three new pieces of music have been purchased and our new roller banner has arrived. The banner will be displayed at our concerts.


The Band are keen to hear from young people who might be interested in joining. If you are new to music the training band is the place for you. Experienced players will go straight into the main band. Whatever your standard you can be sure of a warm and friendly welcome at BYMB.


At the meeting on 24th September the Band started rehearsing Radetzky March. Good progress was made.


The training band gave their first performance with the main band as the audience. This group of young musicians are really benefiting from this approach and are really doing very well.



On Monday 22nd September the Band held a Pampered Chef Cookery Show event to raise much needed funds.


It was a great evening, lots of fun and well attended too. Thank you to everyone for your support.


On Saturday 20th September the Band had the honour of leading the evening Ringwood Carnival.


They played a variety of music including, for the first time, Slaidburn.


Crowds thronged the route and obviously enjoyed our performance.




At the meeting on 17th September the main band practiced drill followed by rehearsing Land of Hope and Glory ready for the Remembrance Concert in Ferndown.  

They also rehearsed several other pieces including Slaidburn and High on a Hill. 

The training band held their second rehearsal and are making good progress. 


On 10th September the Band held the first of their new format meetings. The meetings now start at 6.30pm and run through to 8.45pm. Our newer young members, now in our Training Band, have the opportunity of an earlier finish at 7.45pm.


The Young Apprentices worked on basics with their instrument and drill. The main band rehearsed a variety of music including March of the Cobblers, British Legion March, Journey Through America, Happy and Slaidburn. 


We now have some instruments (bell lyres and trumpets) ready and waiting for new members.

On Saturday 6th September the Band performed in the Blandford Evening Illuminated Carnival. 


Our repertoire included, for the first time in a Carnival, the march Death or Glory. 


During the parade the Band performed some magnificent marching routines much to the delight of the crowds along the carnival route.


The Band are very excited that the Training Band, our Young Apprentices, starts on Wednesday. This will enable the main band to accelerate their work on several new pieces currently being rehearsed.




Here is a picture of our new banner which will be used at the carnivals and other events where the Band performs.




On September 3rd we were delighted to announce that we would be extending our meeting time from 6.30pm to 8.45pm each week.


In addition we are setting up the BYMB Young Apprentices Band for new young members joining us. This Band will rehearse from 6.30pm to 7.45pm every Wednesday at Butchers Coppice.

On the 13th August we rehearsed some new music including Let It Go from Frozen and Viva La Vida. We also played through some other music including Bare Necessities, Disney Magical Marches, March of the Cobblers and December 63.

At the Band meeting on Wednesday 6th August we rehearsed March of the Cobblers, a new piece of music for the Band from the film Brassed Off. We also played Slaidburn, Happy, High On A Hill, Herbie and In The Mood.


Friends from the RBL Christchurch Band came in and presented us with a donation for the performance at the Tribute to the Fallen event. Our grateful thanks go to them.



The Band held a beach party on the evening of Wednesday 30th July.


This was at Branksome Chine in Poole. 


Here are some of the Band choosing teams to play rounders. There are more photos in the Gallery.


On Thursday 24th July the Band led the Bournemouth Childrens Parade from the Bournemouth Pier through Bournemouth Gardens, past the Town Hall to Meyrick Park.


It was a boiling hot morning but the Band performed magnificently.


This was the first time that this procession had been held for exactly 100 years.


For the parade the Band played a variety of music from World War 1 right through to the present day.



At Meyrick Park the Band opened the festival by performing for 1/2 hour on the main stage.


Included in our programme was The A Team, Village People Hit Mix, Final Countdown, Highland Cathedral, A Bridge Too Far and December 63.


Each member was presented with a souvenir medal.


Mayor's Charity Extravaganza:

Received from the now Deputy Mayor of Bournemouth. 

"We received numerous compliments about their performance and Elaine and I felt that their presence added to the occasion."

Well done and thanks to the Band.

The Band attended the Tribute to the Fallen event on Christchurch Quay on Sunday July 20th. 

During the afternoon we gave 2 performances of our new display routine set to military style music specially for the occasion.

In the Finale we joined with 3 other Bands to perform Death or Glory, Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, Slaidburn, The Gael, 79th Farewell to Gibraltar, Highland Cathedral and the British Legion March.

At our rehearsal on the 16th July we learnt two new pieces of music, Slaidburn and 79th Farewell to Gibraltar. We also had a final rehearsal of the display routine. We are now ready for Sunday! 

On Wednesday 9th July we rehearsed the display routine and also worked on Death or Glory, the British Legion March, December 63 and Journey Through America. A great effort from everyone and really good progress is being made. Some of our younger members had 1 to 1 tuition from Dawn.

On the morning of Sunday 6th July the Band held an extra display rehearsal at Meyrick Park. 


The display is now almost ready for it's public debut at the Tribute to the Fallen event in Christchurch on the 20th July. 


The rehearsal was followed by a picnic lunch and then a concert style performance in the middle of Bournemouth. 


This was the first time that the Band wore their casual uniform. There are more pictures in the Gallery.

On 2nd July we continued to work on our new display routine and it is now complete to the end. We also practiced Death or Glory, Blaze Away and High On A Hill.

On 25th June we rehearsed Dances With Wolves, Death or Glory, British Legion March and a Scottish Medley. We were pleased to welcome Nick Jarvis to help us with these tunes. Dawn gave 1 to 1 lessons to some of our players. We finished the meeting with one of the Band's favourites, Disney Magical Marches. Thanks to Nick and Dawn for your help and well done to everyone.

At the rehearsal on the 18th June we continued to work on our new display routine. Excellent progress was made. We also rehearsed Great Escape and Royal Salute. It's a long time since we last played Royal Salute but it sounded great. We now look forward to next week when we will be rehearsing the music for the Massed Bands at the Christchurch Tattoo.



The Band held a Race Night Fundraising event on the 14th June at the Hotel Celebrity in Bournemouth.


Everyone had a great time and thank you for taking part.


We are very grateful for the money raised which will go towards the running of the Band.

The Band are now officially a registered charity having met the requirements of the Charity Commissioners.

At the rehearsal on the 11th June the Band continued to work on their arena display and also some of the music for the Christchurch Tattoo.

B.Y.M.B. were very proud to have been asked to play at the Ferndown RBL Drumhead parade and service on the 6th June.

We played a variety of music including quick and slow marches, 2 hymns and the National Anthem. 

Blake played the last post and reveille for the 2 minutes silence.

There were lots of really good comments about the Band.

The Band were led by Lt Col Malcolm Torrent and our own Michael Baker.

From the Chairman of Ferndown RBL - "The band was a credit to all involved and made a great contribution to the parade properly commemorating the fallen, the history and the legacy of those involved on that momentous day in 1944. We very much hope that you will continue to be able to join us at our future planned events throughout 2014."

On 4th June the Band put the finishing touches to the music for the D Day performance at St Mary's Church, Ferndown on 6th June.  Thanks to Lt Col Malcolm Torrent for rehearsing the Band so well and Dawn Hart for teaching some of our younger members. Well done to the Band members for working so well.

At the meeting on Wednesday 28th May the Band rehearsed the music for the D Day performance. Good work done. We also practiced a number of other pieces. Later in the evening we gave a short performance for a group of Scouts from Coventry who were staying at Butchers Coppice.





On Bank Holiday Monday the Band participated in Poole Carnival. 


It was a long route of over 2 miles along Ashley Rd and down Alder Rd but there were good appreciative crowds most of the way. The Carnival finished at Branksome Recreation Ground.

We had a great rehearsal of the new routine on Wednesday 21st May. We had Blake looking at the display, Dawn the music and Mike the drill. Good progress is being made in all sections and in all aspects of the routine. Dawn then took some individual lessons whilst the Band rehearsed the hymns for the D Day remembrance and others worked on drill. A terrific effort by all members - well done.



The Band held a Car Treasure Hunt on Sunday May 18th which started in Somerford and then passed through Sopley, Bransgore and Burley in the New Forest.  The Treasure Hunt finished at the Station House Restaurant in Holmsley.


Everyone completed the route safely and in good time and it was a very close thing when working out who had won.



At our rehearsal on May 14th we concentrated on the new display routine and some really good progress was made.

We were pleased to welcome back Lt Col Malcolm Torrent to lead another rehearsal on May 7th. The Band focused on the music for the display routine including A Bridge Too Far, Young Amadeus and Sir John Moore. The Band also rehearsed the British Legion March in readiness for the D Day Drumhead in Ferndown on June 6th. The Band also started work on a new piece, Happy, from Despicable Me 2.


The Band performed at the Mayor's Extravaganza at the Bournemouth Pavilion on the evening of Saturday 3rd May. 


We played a variety of music including Sir John Moore, Young Amadeus, Highland Cathedral, Great Escape, Little Bugler, Journey Through America, 1914 Medley and of course December 63. 


The Band were addressed and thanked by the Mayor of Bournemouth.

At the meeting on 30th April the Band concentrated on drill and then we held our AGM which was attended by members and parents. Thank you to everyone for your support since the Band started last September and we now look forward to an exciting programme of performances during the coming season. Our next performance is at the Bournemouth Pavilion for the Mayor's Extravaganza on Saturday 3rd May starting at 5.30pm.

Over the weekend of 25 - 27 April the Band held their Band Camp. This was incredibly successful despite the bad weather on the Sunday. 


The St George's Day Parade in Bournemouth was cancelled at the last moment but we still gave a short performance in the pouring rain for the scouts and cubs that had gathered at the starting point. 


The Band has now made a good start on the display routine with 3 parts in place.


We worked on new music including Blaze Away, Scottish Marches and Death or Glory. We also rehearsed two hymns that we need to play for the D Day anniversary drumhead service in Ferndown on 6th June.


At the meeting on 23rd April the Band started working on Blaze Away and good progress was made. Also 1 to 1 lessons have started thanks to Dawn Hart our professional peripatetic teacher. 


The band members were issued with new uniform covers, purchased with money that has been donated to us by Booker Wholesale. They have our sincere and grateful thanks for this support.



On 16th April the Band continued to work on the new display and music. Band Camp is now just a week away. Bookings for the year are now being confirmed and we have an excellent programme of quality, exciting and prestigious performances to look forward to. 

At the rehearsal on April 9th the Band had the assistance of Lt Col Malcolm Torrent to work in detail on three of our new routine pieces. Tremendous progress was made and the Band are very grateful for the help.

With the lighter evenings we have started rehearsing our new display routine. Excellent progress was made at the meeting on the 2nd April. We are meeting every Wednesday through the Easter period and it's only a couple of weeks until our Band Camp.


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At the meeting 26th March we rehearsed 2 new pieces of music - the traditional Men of Harlech and the Abba hit Thank You For The Music. We then broke up into small groups. The evening ended with the bugle and band concert march Sir John Moore. 




Rehearsals on 12th and 19th March have concentrated on The British Legion March and the 1914 March. We have also revisited some other music including Silver Bugles, Journey Through America and Marching Through The Movies. Terrific progress is being made and we are looking forward to the lighter evenings to rehearse our new display routine.

A Members and Parents meeting was held during the Band Meeting on March 5th. We reviewed the progress the Band has made in just 6 months and we discussed the plans for the coming year and beyond. The Band itself worked on The British Legion March and the 1914 March Medley in preparation for some of our performances later in the year. We are seeking new members to join the Band and would like to hear from anyone who may be interested.

The Band did a Flashmob at the Castlepoint Shopping Centre in Bournemouth on the afternoon of Saturday March 1st.


The flashmob started with Emily playing Pink Panther as a solo. The mob was triggered by the first coin going into a collection bucket.


The Band then gradually assembled from all directions as we gave a special performance of one of our favourite pieces - December 63.


A large crowd gathered to listen to the Band. Towards the end of the tune the Band dispersed one by one leaving Emily to complete the last bar on her own.

On 26th February the Band completed rehearsing a special routine ready for the performance on 1st March. We also made good progress with a new piece of music.

On Wednesday February 19th the Band took an evening out from rehearsals for another social event - a fun session at a swimming pool. It was great fun and everyone had a fantastic time.

The Band held their first concert on Wednesday 5th February. It was at St Clements Church in Parkstone, Poole. The Church was full!


We were proud to have The Worshipful The Mayor & Mayoress of Bournemouth Councillor Dr Rodney Cooper & Mrs Elaine Cooper at the concert.


The Band were joined by Miss Nicole Cuthbert singing to I Will Follow Him (from Sister Act) and Oh What a Night (December 63). The Mayor asked for an encore of the Sister Act song at the end of the show.


Our youngest members on the cornet - Cameron, Aaron and William played When the Saints Come Marching In and Cara played Springtime on the flute.


Emily and Ben played What A Wonderful World on soprano sax and cornet accompanied by the Band.

Other new music included a brand new bugle fanfare, Hornpipe, Bare Necessities, Silver Bugles and Do You Hear The People Sing from Les Miserables. Selected recordings from the Concert can be found on the Music page.

The Band performed brilliantly and the audience clearly enjoyed the music. Thank you to everyone for your support and to St Clements Church for hosting the concert.

"You all played fantastically well. From an audience perspective it was fab."
"Well done all of you."
"Got to say it was an absolutely brilliant evening. Well done to all who took part and entertained a packed church."
"Very well done you were wonderful."
"You guys just get better and better. Well done, keep up the good work."
"Great show last night, well done everyone."
"Good music well played with good execution well done to all!"



Rehearsals for our Concert have continued and excellent progress has been made. Well done to everyone in the Band.


It should be a great show with some surprises as well. 



January 8th was our first meeting of 2014 and we have made a great start to what is going to be a great year.


Preparations for our Concert on February 5th are going well and everything is coming together nicely.




The Band's final performance of the Christmas Season was on Sunday 22nd December at Tescos, Castle Lane East, Bournemouth.


At times quite a large audience gathered to listen to our music and the Christmas Carols.

 



The Band's Christmas Party was on Wednesday December 18th.

 

We played some really good games.  It was a lot of fun and everyone had a great time. 

 


The Band's third performance of the Christmas Season was on Sunday 15th December at Sainsburys Talbot Heath, Bournemouth. 


To coincide with the 'Sing While You Shop' day the Band played Carols and Christmas Music thoughout their performance.


Whilst this was going on members of the Band were also at Tesco in Fleetsbridge, Poole bag packing.


The Band received some wonderful compliments from the shoppers.

 

 

 

 The Band Meeting on Wednesday 11th December was split between rehearsing another new piece of music and some fun games.

 

Great progress is being made and we are looking forward to performing our new music next year.



The Band's second Christmas performance was at Sainsburys at Talbot Heath, Bournemouth. The Band played carols and a selection of their normal music.


There were some excellent comments about the Band and the customers clearly enjoyed our music.

 

 

 

At the Band meeting on December 4th we continued to practice the new music for next year's performances.


Here's some of our buglers practising the new fanfare.

 

 

 

On Sunday December 1st the Band played Carols and other music at the Asda Superstore in Poole. 


Well done to the Band - there were lots of very positive comments from the customers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

On 20th November the Band started rehearsing carols and worked on a new bugle fanfare. 


We also made a Merry Christmas Video Message.

 

 

 

 

 

The Band took an evening away from rehearsals on Wednesday 13th November for one of their social events - ten pin bowling.

 

 

 

 

 

On Sunday 10th November the Band was proud to lead the Remembrance Parade in West Moors as well as playing the hymns and the National Anthem for the Service of Remembrance at the centotaph.

 

 

 

On 19th October the Band travelled to Taunton in Somerset to lead the 2013 Taunton Carnival.

 

It was a great evening and the Band performed magnificently for the thousands of people lining the route through the town centre.

 

  





Here's some of our members working in a small group on a new piece of music.

 

 

 

The Band's third carnival was on 5th October in Gillingham. There was a huge audience along the route. Disney Magical Marches, Final Countdown and Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines were added to our carnival routine.

 

 

 

 

 

The Band performed in the illuminated Ringwood Carnival on September 21st. The crowds that thronged the route clearly enjoyed the Band's music.

 

 

 

 

The Band's first performance was on Saturday 7th September, in Blandford Carnival. The music included Little Bugler, A Bridge Too Far, Aces High, Swinging Safari, Great Escape, Tipperary and December 63 together with some brilliant drum and bell solos. Well done to everyone.

The Band's first rehearsal was held on Wednesday 4th September at Butchers Coppice in Holloway Avenue.


Meetings are held there most Wednesday evenings during school terms.


Everything went well and everyone was kitted out with the new Band uniform and rehearsed the music for the forthcoming Carnivals


We are grateful to the Dorset Youth Marching Band, the Christchurch Royal British Legion Band, Bournemouth Carnival Band, members and friends for helping us with instruments and equipment. 


We would also like to thank the School Shop, West Moors for supplying the uniform and Laguna Travel for their support.

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