On Remembrance Sunday, the Maidstone Band (Bandmaster Nigel Yalden) gathered at the corps hall for what was to be a very busy day. The first engagement of the day was to lead the march and provide musical support to Maidstone’s cenotaph commemorations.
At 10:15, the band departed from the hall and headed off to Week Street, where they joined up with all of the marching contingents. Around 10:40, the parade stepped off, headed by the band, departing Week Street and moving along the High Street en route to the cenotaph, passing the Mayor and other civic dignitaries outside the town hall.
At the cenotaph, the band provided accompaniment to the hymns and also during the wreath-laying. When the service was over, the band once again headed the parade back up the High Street, where at the town hall the Mayor took the salute. From here the band moved along Week Street and then turned off toward Brenchley Gardens. Here the band took part in a shortened Service of Remembrance at the cenotaph to the West Kent Regiment (The Buffs).
For the second event of the day, the band was at the Royal British Legion Village in Aylesford for their Service of Remembrance. This year was special, as the Legion was opening a new Garden of Remembrance. The band provided musical support, as well as The Last Post and Reveille. At the conclusion of the service, the band marched a small Cadet contingent back to the community hall, where refreshments were served.
The band then returned to the corps hall for the last event of the day, a Rembrance Songs of Praise.
Some members of the band were also busy on Remembrance Day itself, providing The Last Post, Reveille and musical support to small gatherings around the community.
Maidstone Band web site