Corps of Drums Society


Newsletter June 2012

By now many of you will have heard that the AGM could not take place on Saturday 9 June owing to too few members having turned up.  This is a very worrying development.  We hope members will attend the rescheduled AGM (see below)where we will be discussing the best way forward.

Newsletter March 2012

Some time has passed since the last Newsletter.  This has been in part due to our having to wait for Kneller Hall to confirm our proposed Meeting Dates for 2012.  This has now been done, so please see the first item and set aside these dates. Also in this issue there is encouraging news of several new Corps of Drums being established (looking for help), some requests for kit and information, and details of some forthcoming events

2012 Music Meetings

Saturday 7 April

Saturday 9 June (includes AGM)

Saturday 8 September

Sunday 28 October ( Dress Rehearsal for Lord Mayior’s Show)

You will have noticed that fewer meetings have been arranged for this year.  Although we receive a very favourable rate at Kneller Hall, it is still a significant cost.  At one meeting last year , only 13 people turned up, which made it a very expensive meeting per head.  The Committee have decided therefore to reduce the number of meetings in the hope that a smaller programme will be better attended.  Please make every effort to attend something in 2012, and please consider offering a lift to someone who might attend given such assistance.   If any member finds themself in this position, please let the Committee know and we will do our best to find a lift for you.

15 Coy SW London ACF Corps of Drums

This is a new Corporate Member of the Society: Company Commander Garry Jupp would welcome anyone who could assist the Corps of Drums at their Thursday evening practice at Kingston. Such helpers would not be required to enrol as ACF Instructors.  If you are interested, please contact Garry on

Gazzajupp@    or

Maj Garry Jupp, 15 Coy Commander, SW London ACF, Flat 3 TA Centre,Surbiton Road, Kingston-upon-Thames, KT1 2NB

Langley School CCF

Maj Chris Cooper, Contingent Commander, is presently setting up a Corps of Drums and is looking for a military drum instructor, on Monday afternoons

between 1440 and 1640 hrs.  Payment is £25 per hour plus travel expenses.  Langley School is situated south east of Norwich – see the link   If you can help, please contact Maj Cooper on

Drum Major/Drum Tutor

Required by the Farnborough Branch of the Royal British Legion, who are in the throes of setting up a Corps of Drums.  Practice sessions are from 1000until 1200 hrs every Sunday.  Please contact Vice Chairman Kevin Tomkins on

7th Bn The Hampshire Regiment

Researcher Ian Taylor needs to locate a colour photograph of a drum (side, tenor or bass) in the emblazon of the 7th Bn The Hampshire Regiment, which incorporates the “Rufus Stirrup” or “Dog Gauge”.  This predates the disbandment of the Bn in 1946 and its reformation in 1947 as 52A SL/LAA ((7th Royal Hampshires) RA TA.  Look mout for Ian’s article in the next Drummers Call.  In the meantime, if you can help him with a photograph, please contact him on

Timpani required

Kellswater Flute Band are on the lookout for secondhand timpani (preferably pedal type, 26” and 29”).  If you can help, please contact Alistair Macdonald on

Skipton RBL Band

For those of you visiting or living in the Skipton area, Skipton RBL Band have a full programme of events throughout 2012, the earliest ones being  Skipton Waterways Festival, Saturday 5 May; Yorks Air Museum on Saturday 26 May; Diamond Jubilee Day, High Street, Skipton on Sunday 3 June.  Further details from Tim Clarke on

Scarlet and Gold Concerts

Thursday 15 and Friday 16 November, at the Central Hall, Westminster, featuring the massed bands of 7 regiments of the Household Division.  Tickets from the Central Hall Ticket Office (0844 8717605) or from  If you are interested, don’t delay as tickets are likely to go quickly.


These are now due for 2012.  Please remit as soon as possible if you do not pay by standing order.  If you would like to set up a Bankers Order for future payments, you can obtain a form from the website of from me.

Postage costs are mounting relentlessly, so if you receive this Newsletter in paper form but have email, please let me have your email address for future issues.

Newsletter August 2011

This Newsletter contains information concerning the forthcoming Lord Mayor’s Show and an urgent request for details of intending participants.  There is also an excellent offer of uniforms for sale from Ally McDonald of Kellswater Band.

Lord Mayor’s Show Sat. 12 November Band Instructions

Assembly area is as previously : The Rotunda, West Smithfield, London EC1.  All personnel to arrive no later than 0900 hrs.  Allow plenty of time for congestion will build up early as roads are closed.  Dedicated transport must display a Parking Permit (see item below). You should aim to park in Smithfield Market.  Tea and buns and toilets are available at the entrance to the Rotunda, but you should first report to the Corps of Drums Society assembly point so that the Drum Major can organise the Corps appropriately. Once this is done, there will be time for drinks before we step off.  While we are in the Rotunda, there must be No Playing of instruments.

Lord Mayor’s Shoe Sat November 12 Security Details

Please let me have as a priority (by 16 September) the following :

  • Names of members of your Corps who will be attending and the instrument they play
  • Individual members attending need to notify me of the same
  • Registration number and make of your vehicle – we need to share vehicles where possible ; up to now we have been issued with  the passes we have asked for, but this might change, so if you are using a private car, make sure it is full.  If you can travel by public transport you should do so.
  • If you require a vegetarian packed lunch, let me know.

Lord Mayor’s Show Rehearsals

These will be at Kneller Hall, 16 and 30 October.  Please note that 30 October will be a dress rehearsal

Music Meeting

This will be at Kneller Hall on Sunday 18 September, commencing at 1030 hrs.  Please bring refreshments as there is nowhere on site to obtain it.  There is a pub across the road from the Hall.

Uniforms for Sale

Kellswater Flute Band have 30 uniforms to sell together with hate (male and female versions).  They are asking £750 ono plus delivery costs.  Enquiries please to

Alistair McDonald on  07801327947  or