Corps of Drums Society


News Letter July 2011

This Newsletter contains details of our new meeting venue and a change of date for one of the meetings.  Please ensure, if you are the recipient  for your Corps, that everyone knows about  the changes.  This is very short notice, but arrangements to use Kneller Hall have only just been finalised

Kneller Hall

This will be our meeting venue for the forseeable future. Because it is a military location, we will need to supply them with names and vehicle details of those present.  If you intend to be at the next and future meetings,  please let Peter Nightingale know in advance for each meeting so that he can provide the information to Kneller Hall.

There will be no refreshment  facilities available, so please bring drinks and a packed lunch.  There is a pub across the road for those who wish to use it.

Royal Military School of Music,  Kneller Hall,  Kneller Road,  Twickenham TW2 7DU

By Road: M25 J12,  M3 East,  A316 Country Way, Great Chertsey Road, Chertsey Road,  B361 Whitton Road, Kneller Road

By Rail: Whitton Railway Station, then walk (see a streetmap)

By Underground : Hounslow Central, then walk (see a streetmap)

If you have any problems on the day, Peter Nightingale will be contactable on


Meeting dates

Our first meeting at Kneller Hall will be Saturday 16 July, commencing at 1030 hours.  Please let Peter Nightingale have your vehicle details, and names of passengers as soon as you receive this Newsletter.

Owing to there being a prior booking at Kneller Hall, the meeting scheduled for Saturday 17 September has now been changed to Sunday 18 September.

Lord Mayors Show rehearsals will be as previously announced : 16 and 30 October, with the 30 October being a dress rehearsal.

Lord Mayor’s Show

Please ensure that you attend the two rehearsals for the Lord Mayor’s Show. If this is a problem, please contact Drum Major Geoff Fairfax.

The Muffled Drum

Sadly we have to announce the death of member Chris Collins, ex Grenadier and a fine artist who emblazoned the Army’s drums for a considerable period of time.  An appreciation of his life and work will appear in a future Drummers Call.  Dave Clark, of Massachusetts, USA has died – Dave was a very longstanding member of the Society and supporter of British Military music.

Annual General Meeting 2011

Below is a summary of the meeting: full minutes appear on the Society website.  Anyone who cannot access the website, and would like a complete set of minutes, please let me know.

The meeting took place at the Scout Hall, Chesham, home base of the Chesham All Girls Band.  We were made very welcome by Mr and Mrs Tim Smith, who provided a superb lunch.

The meeting began with a minute’s silence for our President Brig Professor Richard Holmes, who had recently passed away.

Minutes of AGM 2010 were adopted, as was the Treasurers Report. The Chairman provided a resume of the past yearand announced the new members of the Society. He appealed for contributions to Drummers Call.

The existing Committee was re-elected, there being no others standing for election: Committee comprises                                                         Chairman: Peter Nightingale

Treasurer: James Goatcher

Secretary : Christine Fairfax

Senior Parade Drum Major : Geoff Fairfax

Training and Development : Mike Hall

Music and Training : Peter Foss

Editor, Drummers Call : Peter Hart

Clifford Chandler was appointed Auditor

Richard Holmes Award

It is intended to make an annual award to a Corps in which youth is well represented and which has made improvements/ acheivements/expansion in the past year.  More details will follow in due course, but you may wish to begin thinking about the submission you will make for your Corps should you wish it to be considered.  The successful Corps will be able to display the Award for one year.

Society President

Following the death of Richard Holmes, the Society is currently without a President.  The Committee will be considering this in due course.

Newsletter March 2011

We have not held a Music Meeting for some time.
This is owing to the fact that we do not have a venue at
present , the facility at Firepower Museum having been
disposed of for residential use.  At the last two meetings
Chairman Peter Nightingale explained the problem to
members and asked them to help us come up with a
suitable place.  Several members said they knew of
somewhere, but these leads have not materialised.  Peter
Nightingale has tried, amongst other things, a letting
company, but as costs would have been between £400 and
£700 a meeting, this was not a feasible proposition.  We
are still without a venue and would welcome credible
options or solutions from members. We have scheduled a
Music Meeting for Sat 21 May, and would like this to go
ahead somewhere, as we have lost several opportunities
for meetings, with the bad weather at the end of 2010 and
lack of a venue after that.
Lord Mayor’s Show 2011
The following music has been selected:  The Adjutant, Belphegor, Euterpe, For Flag
and Empire, Galanthia, Great Escape, Hazelmere, The Jigs, Killaloe, Prussian Glory,
San Lorenzo, Silver Trumpeter.
Bugle Marches agreed with Pam Hales will be: Heraldry, Bugles and Drums,
Mechanised Infantry, Bugle Bells, Men of the Hills.
It is intended that we play one set of marches going out and another set on the
return journey.  The order will be finalised at the first LMS rehearsal
Meeting dates for 2011
Music meetings
Saturday 21 May, Saturday 16 July, Saturday 17 September
Lord Mayor’s Show rehearsals
Sunday 16 October, Sunday 30 October
Lord Mayor’s Show
Saturday 12 November
Video search
Member Ian Robinson is trying to locate a copy of the video made for the 1988 Royal
Tournament.  If you can help, please contact Ian on
01508 484115
Windsor Castle Royal Tattoo 12-15 May 2011
Bookings : 0871 230 5570
Proceeds to the RBL.
Band Concert, Guards Chapel, Birdcage Walk, London SW1E
Sunday 5 June 2011,  at 1700 hrs.
Featuring the Band of the Coldstream Guards under the direction of Lt Col Graham
Jones, and the United States Army Europe Band, under the direction of Lt Col Beth
T M Steele.  Tickets for Credit Card bookings form theToy Soldier Centre 020 7976
0850, or by cheque from The Guards Museum, Wellington Barracks, Birdcage Walk,
London SW1E 6HQ  (020 7414 3428).  Cheques to be made payable to the Guards
Museum.  Proceeds to the Guards Museum.  Ticket includes a glass of wine before
the concert.
2011 Subscriptions
It’s that time of year again.  Thank you to those members who have already paid by
cash and cheque.  If you have not already paid and are not a Direct Debit payer,
please consider using Direct Debit – if not for April this year, then for next.
2010 AGM Minutes
These appear on the website, but if anyone would like a copy mailed to them, please
let me know.

Up Date 12 February 2011


At the present time we are having problems finding a venue for our first meeting we have tried a number of places but they were either unsuitable or not open at the weekends. If there is anywhere that you may know about please let us know. Lets try and keep it within the M25.

We will keep on trying.

Peter Nightingale

The Chairman