he 1st Claygate Scout & Guide Band is an activity of the 1st Claygate Scout Group and Claygate Girl Guides. It is open to all members of either group from Cubs or Brownies upwards who are actively involved and regularly attend section meetings. The band welcomes new members from total beginners through to accomplished players and has 3 sections to accommodate members of all abilities. A Junior band (up to grade 3) a Senior band (grade 3+) and a new Training band for members who have just started to play an instrument. Members receive a band uniform appropriate to the scout/guide section they are in and the band has a selection of instruments that can be loaned out to members.
The band began in 1989, closed in 2000, and was reformed in 2001 with just 10 members. Since then it has grown steadily and currently boasts a membership of over 50. Over the last 14 years the band has regulary performed at group (1st Claygate) and district (Esher) events including St George's Day Parades, Group Shows, Group AGM & Family Fun Days, Carolling around Claygate and the Scout & Guide Carol Service. The band also takes part in many village (Claygate) events including the Flower Show, Remembrance Sunday Parade, Christmas Lights & Carols on the Green. The band has also been a core contributor to the Claygate Music Festivals, held every 2 years since 2008. Further afield the band has taken part in the 2010 & 2014 Kingston Borough Bands Tattoo and in 2014 the bands drummers were asked to take part in the National St George's Day Parade of Queen Scouts at Windsor Castle in front of HRH The Duke of Kent (President of the Scout Association) along with Bear Grylls (Chief Scout) and Wayne Bulpitt (UK Chief Commissioner). In 2011 the band celebrated its 10th anniversary, since reforming, the highlight of which was a very successful trip to Disneyland Paris, where we led the Disney Parade.
If you are a parent with a son or daughter in either group who would be interested in joining, or would like to help with tuition or supporting the band or just want to find out more please contact Robin Wilkinson, bandmaster, by using the 'contact us' button at the top of this page.