New players sought for Little Common concert band

Little Common Royal British Legion members at the War Memorial in 2013
Little Common Royal British Legion members at the War Memorial in 2013

The Little Common Royal British Legion Concert Band is currently seeking new members.

They should be able to read music and play to at least a grade five standard and players should be at least 18-years-old.

The Concert Band plays music that is easy to listen to and fun to play, including arrangements of classical pieces through to show tunes and big band jazz numbers.

During the course of the year the band performs at such events as the 1812 Concert and firework display on Eastbourne Bandstand and the Redoubt, as well as village fetes and garden parties.

They also play concerts at the Royal British Legion Club in Little Common – one for St George’s Day, a summer concert, one for the Poppy Appeal, plus a Christmas concert and carol service for the Christmas lights switch on.

The band comprises of all woodwind and brass instruments, plus percussion.

Rehearsal nights are Monday, 8pm until 10pm, at the RBL Club, Meads Avenue.

Band treasurer Shelagh Duffill said: “It is great fun playing music with the band and a good way to make new friends in a relaxed atmosphere.

“If you would like to come and listen to a rehearsal or try playing with the band, you would be made very welcome.”

The branch also needs a band to head its Remembrance Day Parade on Sunday, November 13.

Remembrance marches are an integral part of honouring our fallen soldiers.

Every year upwards of 100 members of the Royal British Legion, veterans, Scouts and Guides, along with other organisations, turn out in the town to take part in this special day of events.

The band would be required to head the parade from the RBL premises in Meads Avenue, Little Common, marching along the Cooden Sea Road towards the A259 at the roundabout in the centre of the village, before marching to St Marks Church for a service of remembrance.

The parade then reforms before marching to the War Memorial on the roundabout for another short service of remembrance and the ceremonial laying of the wreaths.

Following this act of dedication , the parade will march back to the RBL premises in the Meads Avenue for some well-deserved refreshments and a buffet lunch.

Stuart Marfleet, branch honorary secretary, said members would be grateful to anyone who could offer assistance for this ‘important annual event’.

Anyone who thinks they might be able to help can call Stuart Marfleet on 01424217155.

You can also call director of music Nick Newman on 07986 811742 or Shelagh Duffill on 07817 134686.

Alternatively, email at for more information and to discuss the matter further.

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