Corps of Drums Society


Newsletter May 2014

The Society has been invited to participate in the Lord Mayor’s Show in 2014. We have accepted the invitation, so please see the items below concerning music repertoire, and and the need for would-be participants to supply me with various pieces of information.Please note the change of date for the October meeting.

Lord Mayor’ Show 2014

Participating Corps: would the corps leader please supply the names of all the members in your Corps who intend to parade on the day, together with the instrument they play.

Participating individuals: let me know that you are intending to parade on the day.

Vehicle passes: if you cannot travel by public transport, you will need to order a Vehicle Pass for  each vehicle to be used.  Minibuses are preferable to a large number of cars.  Please carshare as much as practicable. Let me know the type of vehicle and its registration number.  Lunch  : all participants  – lunch is usually a sandwich and bottled water, and the vegetarian option is usually a cheese sandwich – the organisers cannot accommodate more complicated dietary requirements.  If you require a vegetarian lunch please let me know.

I need all this information by 31 July 2014 so that I can get it to the Pageantmaster in time.

Music for Lord Mayor’s Show 2014

Please ensure that you know and can play the pieces of music for your instrument:

Flutes: The Adjutant;  Prussian Glory;  Retreats (Flow Gently Sweet Afton, The Ash Grove, Mandora);  Great Escape; Welsh Medley; The Londoner; Euterpe; Killaloe; 1914-1918; Galanthia; San Lorenzo; Silver Trumpeter.When we pass the Mansion House we will be playing 1914-1918

Bugles : Bugle Bells; Bugles and Drums; Heraldry; Men of the Hills

Bell-lyres : The Rising of the Lark; Hearts of Oak; Minstrel Boy; Eye Level; Longest Day

Bugles and Bell-lyres : Mechanised Infantry

Music Meetings 2014

The remaining meetings for the year are as follows:

Saturday 19 July

Saturday 13 September

*Saturday 11 October*  Please note that this date has been changed

                                                     This meeting will include the AGM

Saturday 8 November : Lord Mayor’s Show

Subscription to the Society

Thank you to all who have paid their subscription for this year.  I have not sent out individual written acknowledgements owing to high cost of postage.


From John Townend: New Corps Being Formed

Dear Fellow Drummers

I have recently been appointed training Development Officer for a new Cadet Corps and adult volunteer corps based on Civil Defence and working with schools around the Milton Keynes area, and due to launch on 26 April this year.  We are hoping, as part of our development strategy, to form a Corps of Drums.To this end we would like to make the appointment of a Corps Drum Major to develop the corps, and some instructional staff to assist.

Please contact Colin Harmsworth the Officer Commanding at:  or myself on or  0121 360 0225

 Belfast to host Flute World Record Attempt

On September13th 2014 the World’s biggest ever event for flautists is being held in Northern Ireland.

It is hoped over 4000 participants will perform together in the Kings Hall Complex in an official attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the: Largest Flute Ensemble. The current world record is held in Japan and was achieved by 3,742 participants in 2011.

With support from the banding scene, schools, tutors, orchestras and individuals right across the British Isles, a new world record is possible.

A special piece of music is being composed allowingall types of flutes to become involved, participation in this event is open to everyone who reads music and plays flute at whatever level, the piece will soon be available to download from the official website

Incorporated within this record attempt is ‘Flutes up for Charity’, helping to raise money for three very worthwhile charities: Marie Curie Hospice Belfast, Northern Ireland’s Children’s Hospice & Radio Cracker.

Everyone who participates in this event will have the opportunity to receive their own Official Guinness World Record Certificate of Participation.

The event will obviously create a lot of media attention; if individuals or bands would like to take part simply visit the official website at for more details of how to become involved, registration is now open.

Newsletter September 2013

This issue includes information on the forthcoming AGM and the Lord Mayor’s Show.   We have a good Corps lined up for the Lord Mayor’s Show, and ask that you make every effort to attend the AGM: it is your Society and it needs your input. Most importantly, there is also news of our next President : the Committee are delighted that he has agreed to take on the role and feel sure the Society will benefit hugely. Read on……………………….

Society President

Dan Snow, the military historian, has accepted our invitation to become the President of the Society.  He considers himself hugely honoured to be asked to follow Prof Richard Holmes.  As was his predecessor, Dan is heavily committed already  – he is unlikely to be able to attend our meetings or other events, but will support the Society in other ways.  There will be more in the next Drummers Call and at the AGM.

AGM 2013

This is now confirmed for Saturday 26 October, at the Kingston venue. It will be held during the Lord Mayor’s Show rehearsal day (please see item below).

The Committee members have all indicated that they are willing to stand for re-election, but all posts can be contested.  Please let me have any other nominations as soon as possible.  Also please send any points for discussion at the meeting – because of the need to spend as much of the day as possible preparing for our participation in the Lord Mayor’s Show, the AGM will run with a fixed agenda.

Present Committee:

Chairman   : Peter Nightingale

Secretary   : Christine Fairfax

Treasurer :  James Goatcher

Parade Drum Major : Geoff Fairfax MBE

Training and Development : Major Mike Hall

Music and Training : Peter Foss

Editor Drummers Call : Peter Hart


Lord Mayor’s Show 2013 Rehearsal

This will take place on Saturday 26 October, commencing 1030 hrs, at

The TA Centre, Surbiton Road, Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey KT1 2NB

The Centre lies at the junction of Surbiton Road and Portsmouth Road, and there are external car parks on both adjoining sides.  Entrance is via a security gate in Surbiton Road.  Nearest rail stations are Kingston and Surbiton.  The Centre is 15 minutes walk from each.  If arriving by car, approach from the A3 and head for Kingston.

Please note: this will be a dress rehearsal; attendance is essential for those intending to parade with the Society .

Corps leaders: please ensure that your members are able to play all their music for the show.

Lord Mayor’s Show Saturday 9 November 2013

As usual, we will be assembling at The Rotunda, West Smithfield, London EC1.  You should aim to arrive in time to change into your uniform and make your way to the Society’s assembly point in the Rotunda before 0900hrs.  Tea, buns and toilets are available at the Rotunda entrance but please go to the assembly point first , so that the Drum Major can organise the Corps for the parade.  There will be ample time after this for the amenities.  Musical instruments are not to be played underground.

Richard Holmes Award

The first recipient of this award was Jonathon Richardson, of~St Phillips Corps of Drums and presently at the University of Hull.  Jonathon will be Senior Drum Major on the Lord Mayor’s Show this year.  Jonathon received the award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the corps of drums world, not only training members  in his own Corps in Liverpool, but through his work with the ATC in Haverfordwest.  The Society would like to make the award again this year.  Would all member Corps please consider their own stars, and submit a full citation for anyone they would like to nominate.  If you consult Drummers Call 77, you can see Peter Foss’ submission on behalf of Jonathon.

Kellswater Flute Band

Some of you will remember having seen Kellswater on the Lord Mayor’s Show a couple of years ago.  Alistair McDonald has put a clip on Youtube which shows this excellent band in concert mode:

Newsletter June 2013

This Newsletter contains details of our next Music Meeting and a reminder to individual  members and Corps Leaders to supply information required for the Lord Mayor’s Show.  This is now urgent.

Music Meeting Saturday 27 July 2013

This will take place at our excellent new venue, the TA Centre, Surbiton Road, Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey KT1 2NB.  Please make every effort to attend this.  The Centre lies at the junction of Surbiton Road and Portsmouth Road, and there are external car parks on both adjoining sides.  Entrance is via a security gate in Surbiton Road.  Nearest Rail stations are Kingston and Surbiton.  The Centre is 15 minutes walk from each.  If arriving by car, approach from the A3 and head for Kingston.  The meeting will begin at 1030 hrs.   Tea and coffee will be available.  There are shops and other amenities in the area.