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Arundel & Littlehampton District Scout Band has been in existence since 1988. Originally with a strong core of members from the 4th Littlehampton the membership of the band has grown and over the years members from all groups have been a part of our activities.

Membership of the band is an additional Scouting activity and members of the band must have another scouting role. Membership of the band is for those aged 10 to 25 years although we have a number of more “senior” members who lend a hand with training and supporting the younger members of the band at both practice nights and our performances.

The Band practices each Tuesday at the 7th Littlehampton Scout HQ in Southfields Road Littlehampton and provides members with an instrument and a parade uniform. Subs are £1 per week

The Band exists to promote Scouting to the wider community.

The band attends a number of local carnivals and festivals throughout the year, not only in and around South West Sussex but wider afield – indeed the band has previously appeared at the Lord Mayors show in London, toured in Europe and was one of just three bands representing the Scout Association at the Great Kickabout.

In the past the band has competed in the National Scout Band competitions and more recently the Nautical Training Corps open band competition. We are also booked to appear at Basingstoke Wests District St Georges Day Parade 2016. The Band has worked hard to develop a repertoire that is suitable for a range of occasions and audiences from Summer Fairs to local Church Groups to Talent Shows.

The Band exists to provide training opportunities and new experiences for members;

The band attracts invites from a range of sections within the our own and neighbouring districts. As a unit we are able to provide a planned programme for a variety of sections and we have facilitated meetings from Beavers to Explorers and even Active Support Units. As a marching band we can provide young musicians with an experience not often afforded by more traditional musical education establishments – such as the West Sussex Schools Music Service. A lot of music taught is schools has moved away from the classical brass band and orchestral training to a more popular rock and pop, guitar, keyboards and drum. Meaning that the opportunities to play in a formal marching band environment are very limited. Members of the band are able to earn their 1st stage musicians badge and we can assist in supporting and encouraging progressions through the various stages of the musicians badge. We have fun!

The Band does not preclude membership on the basis of location. We are keen to encourage membership and musicians from across the County, however we are realistic about the commitment that this requires. We have (had) membership from both Worthing and Bognor Districts and have provided programme and activity experiences for a number of groups around the county, in addition to supporting a number of County events, camps, AGM’s and visits.

If you are already involved in Scouting and are interested in the band, or want to find out more please contact the Band Secretary – ddc.alscouts@gmail.com

Or you can follow the band via our facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/33330994810/