The Band was reformed at the beginning of 2005 as an extra activity for Scouts and also for local children from various schools. The idea was to give them a way to play music and enjoy themselves whilst making new friends.
At the present time we have 30 members with ages ranging from 6 upwards. We are open to anyone within the scout movement and local community from Beavers to Leaders and also people who are just interested in playing and having fun. The Band consists of 3 sections. These being Percussion, Mallets/Chimes and Brass. A variety of tunes are played such as;
Anchors Aweigh, the Entertainer, Star Wars, Swinging Safari and the British Grenadiers. The Band meets every Monday 7pm at Cheddar Grove Primary School.
Marching Bands go way back in the Movement with the first ones coming into being just a few years after the formation of the Organization and so are a part of our Scout Heritage.
We take part in Parades and also take part in music festivals held at Cheddar Grove School.
If you are interested in joining our Band, please contact Dave on firstname.lastname@example.org
A Brief History:
Ravens was formed in late 1979 and consisted of members from Blenheim Venture Scout Unit and Hartcliffe Ranger Guides. The name was made up from an amalgamation of the two groups; RA (Rangers) and VENS (Ventures).
The first meetings were held in the local school with about 12 not very musical members! At first we started playing bugles but slowly made the change to full brass instruments. We started practicing and joining 116th St Mary Redcliffe Scout Band for joint evenings. It didn’t take long for the Band to gain its licence and start performing at parades and fetes. We joined forces with other Scout Bands from Bristol and the surrounding counties to play at the Bristol Hippodrome in yearly concerts and in 1981 took part in the Bristol Gang show
In 1981 some of the members went to Avon Band Competition for a look and decided that we could do that so we entered our first competition the following year gaining Best Novice Mallets and Best New up and coming Band. Not bad.
The success of the Band grew over the next few years winning many trophies and competitions, culminating in our being invited to compete in the National Championships held at Wembley Arena on two occasions, 1985 and 1987.
We also entered the National Scout Band Competition and came Second.
The late eighties saw us competing in the Championship class with some reasonable results but with falling membership it was becoming hard to maintain the standard. A problem that was afflicting many other Scout Bands.
In 1992 it was decided to wind up the Band but we continued to reform with old members to appear at the St Georges Day Parades.