I first played on Eastbourne Bandstand in 1964 as a member of the Coldstream Guards Band. In those days we played for a week giving three performances a day. These performances were always well supported with full capacity audiences.
Every Monday from April to September a new military band would arrive and march through the town to the Bandstand prior the first concert. Over the years interests have changed and people have found many other ways of being entertained and so audiences have diminished – that is until September 21 when I played on the Bandstand with Hailsham-based Wealden Brass. It was a lovely warm night and the band gave a stirring concert ending with the 1812 Overture and fireworks. The audience was certainly one of the largest I have seen for many a year, and well before the concert people queuing up around the outside of the Bandstand.
The comments from the audience, not only visitors but locals, was very complimentary and supportive. I think this shows that provided you get the right weather – bearing in mind this is an open air venue – band concerts on the Bandstand can still draw the crowds.
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