Corps of Drums Society

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