Whitehead RBL to form new marching band

An information evening will be held next month at Whitehead Community Centre (file photo)  INCT 33-734-CON
An information evening will be held next month at Whitehead Community Centre (file photo) INCT 33-734-CON

Whitehead Royal British Legion is urging all interested musicians over the age of 14 to get involved in a new marching band.

The local branch is hoping to form a pipe and drum band and a military or wind band comprising instruments such as trombones and clarinets.

Bandmaster, Richard Hambleton explained: “The reason for forming the marching band under the badge of the Royal British Legion is because of the non-sectarian nature of the Legion; membership is open to all from the age of 14 with no leaving age.

“The band will not undertake any engagement that would bring the Legion into disrepute, therefore it will not undertake any Loyal Order or Republican engagement nor will the band take part in any band parades or any Tattoos or events where loyal order bands are present.”

The band is encouraging involvement from RBL branches, regimental associations and uniformed organisations such as the Brownies, Cubs, Scouts and the Army Cadet Force, he added.

All members will learn to read music in accordance with RBL regulations.

There are plans to hold an open night in Whitehead Community Centre on a date to be confirmed next month.

“Anyone interested in joining would be most welcome to come along,” added Richard.

More information will also be available on the ‘Whitehead Royal British Legion Band’ Facebook page.