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Spen Valley Scout and Guide Band

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  1. The Spen Valley Scout and Guide band is open to all members of the Scout and Guide movement across the Spen Valley.

    We are a marching band made up of woodwind and brass instruments as well as tuned percussion and drums.

    We play and march in a Traditional Military Style and play a whole range of different types of music. Our members range from aged 8 upwards.

    We practise on a Thursday evening between 6.30pm and 9pm.

    We are always on the lookout for new members. If you want to join please contact the Bandmaster as per contact details.

    Don't worry you don't need to play an instrument, we will provide you with a uniform, tuition and in some cases an instrument.

    See our website for more details.


Spen Valley Scout and Guide Band

Organisation last updated

  1. 29 June 2020

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  1. Originally formed as the 9th Spen Valley Scout band, the band was formed by Maurice Kitchen who turned up at a scout meeting one night in 1977 with an old 'Rope' bass drum (with pig skin) which he had purchased from a jumble sale.

    To that Scouts Neil Ellis and Andrew Kitchen added snare drums from their drum kits at home which they strapped to themselves with trouser belts!

    Maurice invited Bob Pickles to come along from the Dewsbury Pipe Band to teach them some marching with just the bass drum and 2x snares.

    Neil's father Brian Ellis was then approached by Maurice kitchen to start a band which was officially formed in 1977 and rehearsed at the 9th Spen Valley HQ.

    The band continued as the 9th Spen Valley Scout and Guide band (having accepted members of the guides to join in) but the Scout district at the time would not get involved or support the band. Finally the band became adopted by the Spen Valley District and became the Spen Valley Scout & Guide Band that you see today.

    In 1977 there were 24 Scout & Guide bands in West Yorkshire, today there are only 2.

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