Enfield Scout Band History
This page is an attempt to record the Band’s History. Many years are missing though, so we need help from you to fill in the gaps.
More help is required though, especially for the 1980’s.
In February 2011 we were lucky enough to be accepted to play at Disneyland Paris, on Lord Baden Powell’s birthday 23rd February. More pictures to be loaded shortly.
We took part in the following events Enfield’s St Georges Day parade, our District AGM playing outside the Civic Centre in Enfield Town, Armed Forces Day parade with Haringey’s Project YOU contingent , the Scout Park Fete, two Remembrance Sunday Parades, Edmonton in the morning and Enfield in the afternoon, our final even of the year was leading The Parade of Light around Enfield Town.
The main highlight of the year was the band’s drum section being asked to provide a Corps of Drums for the National Scout Service and Queen’s Scouts Parade, which is held at Windsor Castle, in front of HRH The Prince of Wales, and the Chief Scout, Bear Grylls.
Music for the Parade was provided by the Band of the Grenadier Guards and the 3rd Davyhulme Scout & Guide Band from Manchester. Our Corps of Drums provided drum beatings for other parts of the Parade, to help the marching Queen’s Scouts keep step.
The rest of the band played at both the Enfield and Haringey St George’s Day Parades, with former EDSB drummers Jim Heatley and Mark Ewington coming back to help us out.
Other events in the year include parades for the 1st Wormley Scouts Centenary, the Redbourn 900th Anniversary celebrations, the Centenary Enfield District AGM, and the Lord Mayor’s Show as part of the Jack Petchey Foundation Unity Band with the 17th Tonbridge Scout & Guide Band.
The highlight of the year was the Metropolitan Police Cadets parade in Central London. We were asked to be one of four bands to lead divisions of the Cadets for their 21st Anniversary on Sunday 14th June.
The Parade was from Wellington Barracks, and marched down Birdcage Walk to Horse Guards Parade. The ceremonies was watched by over 7,000 people! After the ceromonies each band led their divisions up The Mall, past Buckingham Palace and back to the Barracks. All this happened the day after Trooping The Colour, and three days after the Royal Marines Massed Band had Beaten Retreat!
The other bands involved were the Metropolitan Police Pipe Band, the Nottinghamshire Police Pipe Band, and the British Airways Brass Band. The Boy’s Brigade London Massed Bugle Band did a static display on Horse Guards Parade, during the time that the audience was assembling.
The Band took part in three St. George’s Day Parades this year! Walthamstow on the 20th of April, and Haringey and Enfield on the 27th.
The Band also took part in the TYMBA South East of England Contest at Hornchurch, finishing third. See the Contests Page for the full result.
And in November, the band took part in the Lord Mayor’s Show, in two massed bands. Most of our young people took part in the Jack Petchey Unity Band, along with Army, ATC, and Sea Cadets. The rest of us took part with a Scout Association Massed Band, along with five other Scout Bands, Alderley, Thurmaston, Spen Valley, Halesowen and Tonbridge.
The Band led the London Contingent for the Jamboree at the London New Year’s Day Parade. This was probably the first event in the UK to celebrate Scouting’s Centenary in 2007!
On the 100th Anniversary on the 1st of August, the band joined with Enfield District Scouts in celebrating Scouting’s Sunrise, simultaneously with all Scouts around the world at 8am.
Over 40,000 Scouts from around the world came to the UK to celebrate the 21st World Scout Jamboree, held at Hylands Park in Chelmsford. The Band took part in the Closing Ceremony.
The band took part in the Lord Mayor’s Show, as part of a massed Scout Band called the Promise Centenary Scout Band.
And finally the band played outside the O2 Arena (formerly known as the Millennium Dome), in Greenwich, during Scouting’s final celebration of the Centenary, Live ’07.
The Band competed at the TYMBA National Finals in Cannock and two other competitions, in the Novice Class. At the Nationals we finished Runners Up and were promoted to the Contest Class.
Our highlight of the year was the Royal Visit to Enfield of Her Majesty the Queen, and the Duke of Edinburgh. We displayed at the 50th Anniversary Enfield Town Show, which was also attended by Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Band Portsmouth. Six members of the Band have also attended a workshop run by the Royal Marines Band, attended by seven other Bands. This website was first created in November.
Following our 2001 Remembrance Sunday parade as part of our 25th anniversary, the band was invited by the Old Enfield Charitable Trust to march as part of their display at the Lord Mayor’s Show. The Trust awarded us a grant to enable the purchase of the new style blue Air Scout uniforms which we wore for the first time at the Show.
The band celebrated our 25th anniversary with many former members coming back to play at the St George’s Day and the Remembrance Sunday parades.
The band competed at the TYMBA National Finals in Bracknell, and at three other competitions. At the TYMBA Nationals, we came away with the best Drill in the Contest Class. Our Drum Section leader, Russell Grove, took 2nd place in the Drum Solo competition.
Competed at TYMBA’s Rushmoor Youth Band Contest in Aldershot. Also the band combined with Waterlooville Youth Marching Band, Burgess Hill Marching Youth, 17th Tonbridge Scout & Guide Band, and the Dorset Youth Marching Band to provide a massed band for the Rye Tattoo.
The long time Bandmaster, Mick Bennett, retired, and the reins were passed to Mick’s son, Richard, who is the present Bandmaster.
Competed at the 16th Kingston Youth Band Contest in the Championship Class and improved on the previous years by bringing home seven trophies for Best Wind (non-valved), Best Drums, Best Bell Lyres, Best Drill, General Musical Effect, Display & Showmanship, and the Championship Class Winners trophies. The Band’s routine included the Light Division’s famous “doubling” fast march. Another band in the Contest was the 1st Claygate Scout & Guide Band. At the Enfield Nationals Youth Band Contest, at the Royal Albert Hall, the band were runners up. The band also took part in the National Music Day parade.
Competed at the 15th Kingston Youth Band Contest in the Championship Class and won four trophies for Best Wind (non-valved), Best Drill, Best Bell Lyres (Mallet Percussion) and were Runners Up. Another band in the Contest was T.S Cossack (Crawley) Sea Cadet Corps.
Competed at the 14th Kingston Youth Band Contest in the Championship Class and won three trophies for Best Wind (non-valved), Best Drill, and were Runners Up. Other bands in the Contest were the Kingston & Malden Scout & Guide Band, and the 2nd Hook (St Pauls) Scout & Guide Band. Current Webmaster & Bass Drummer.
The band was invited by the 1st Hook Scout & Guide Band to do a Band Spectacular at the Tolworth Recreation Centre. Other bands that took part were the Kibaek TambourKorps from Denmark, Surbiton Royal British Legion YMB, and the 1st Claygate Scout & Guide Band. Following this we were invited to enter the Kingston Youth Band Contest.
The band took part in the National Music Day parade in The Mall to Buckingham Palace in London.
Current Tuned Percussion section leader, and Assistant Bandmaster, Melanie Cameron, joined the band.
Our first really successful year, with several wins in competitions around the country, including the Enfield National Youth Band Championships at the Royal Albert Hall.
The band was formed in 1976 by Bill Hill, and then a few years later was led by Mick Bennett.
When Mick retired, the mace was passed onto Mick’s son, Richard Bennett who is the present Bandmaster. Richard joined the band in this year!