Grand reunion for band’s big birthday

Where are you now? Spalding Marching Ambassadors pictured in 1984.
Where are you now? Spalding Marching Ambassadors pictured in 1984.
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Spalding Marching Ambassadors celebrates its 35th birthday this year with a grand reunion.

Bandmaster Jim Bright is calling on members past and present to join the celebrations at Spalding’s United Reformed Church on Saturday, June 27.

Jim (72) has been with the band since it was formed and says former members may number between 120 and 150.

He says a celebration this year is timely.

“When it came to 40 years I might not be here,” said Jim. “I thought we would have the celebration for 35 years while I was still going strong.”

The band – originally called The Spalding Drum and Trumpet Corps – grew from the merger of Boys’ and Girls’ Brigades bands.

Jim said: “The band has taken part in competitions, carnivals and shows as well as more high profile events such as the Olympics opening ceremony and the Tulip Parade.”

The band now has 19 members aged ten and upwards and is busy learning new music and routines.

Jim said the band has set up a Facebook group (Spalding Marching Ambassadors Band) and will post news about the reunion and upcoming events.

To join the band as a player or learner – or attend the reunion – please call Jim on 01775 723087 or email jim_bright@hotmail.co.uk