The Medway Band are without question the best brass band in Kent, and currently ranked 6th in the South East of England. Many of the finest brass players in the South East travel from as far as London and Broadstairs to play for the band.
We rehearse on Wednesday evenings from 2000-2200 at Napier CP Academy, Beresford Road, Gillingham, ME7 4HG.
Check our events listings below to see where we are performing over the coming year.
If you wish to make a booking enquiry, contact The Band Manager, Richard Parsons by clicking here
|February; Saturday 11th; 1930||Concert||Edmonton SA Hall|
|April; Friday 7th; 1900||St George's Prom||Gravesend Masonic Hall|
|June; Saturday 17th; 1400||Medway in Flames Festival||Chatham Maritime|
|June 24th-July 3rd;||Brassed Off!||Geoffrey Whitworth Theatre, Crayford|
|July; Friday 14th; 1900||Rochester Golf Club|
|August; Sunday 13th; 1400||Bandstand Concert||Deal Bandstand|
|September; Saturday 28th; all day||Wychavon Entertainment Contest||Evesham|
|December; TBC||Christmas Concert||Frindsbury Church, Rochester|
Melvin has been conducting the band since 2007
Like many other brass players Melvin received his first lessons at the Salvation Army, joining the Junior Band at Chalk Farm (London) at age nine. He received a scholarship to study Trombone and Piano at the Junior Department of the Royal College of Music and later went on to Graduate from the London College of Music.
His initial conducting experiences were with choral groups and orchestras but a period as Assistant Conductor with the Hendon Band heightened his enthusiasm for Brass Bands. He achieved National success with Tilbury, Newham and John Laing Hendon Bands, conducting in prestigious venues such as the Royal Festival Hall, the Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Royal Albert Hall and taking part in recordings for both television and radio.
As conducting and adjudicating engagements
grow Melvin’s teaching responsibilities have decreased. Over the last few years he has worked with fine Welsh bands such as B.T.M. and Cory, being placed in the European Championships, winning the
National Eisteddfod, Pontins Championships, and conducting in St David’s Hall, Cardiff and the Brangwyn Hall, Swansea.
Success with SWT Woodfalls and Test Valley has heightened Melvin’s reputation in the West Country but 19 qualifications for the Royal Albert Championship finals are just one measure of National success.
Melvin was with the Travelsphere Holidays Band for over 2 years and his assistance during the the revival of its fortunes as a world-renowned band was greatly appreciated by the members. Under his direction the band enjoyed successes at major contests including two 4th placings at the All England Masters 1999 and 2000 and a 7th place at the British Championships 2000 held in Symphony Hall, Birmingham.
Melvin is associated with a number of other bands during the contesting season. In addition, he is a member of the British Panel of Brass Band Adjudicators and has officiated at the National Finals and Pontins Championships. He works regularly with Associations in the South of England but has also judged in Wales, Scotland and Norway.
The Medway Band is looking for Championship standard;
Medway Concert Brass is looking for any interested players but particularly;
If you have any general queries or wish to make an enquiry, please contact us:
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