Past Concerts and Events - 1970s

Details on this page were mostly extracted from correspondence and programmes kept by Eric Turner, band secretary, details of concerts by the band in the 1970's are not complete. Unfortunately early band account books, which would have provided some pointers to other non-charity concerts (e.g. mayor makings) simply by recording a payment, were mislaid during a bandroom move a number of years ago. Concerts listed here are from a collection of programmes, some personal memories, and local newspaper cuttings. Many of the "Bandtime" concerts were mentioned in advance in the Gravesend Reporter, and were also reported upon afterwards. The articles were written by the band secretary Eric Turner and sent to the paper, some were edited before inclusion.
1970 Date Venue Time
  02/1970 From the Band's Annual Statement Statement of Accounts to March 31st, 1969:
The band was called "Gravesend Borough Band" and practiced at The Chantry, Commercial Place. The Musical Director was Mr. W.C.Goodwin B.E.M. The Bands repertoire was increasing with up to date music arranged for Brass and Reed Bands under the direction of Mr Goodwin for the 9th year. The playing strength of the band was still a problem and new members would be welcomed. Woodwind learners classes were still running with Vera Bennett. Albert Card, the Brass tutor, had been in hospital but was recovering. Michael Potter has graduated from the Learners' Class to playing with the Band. The band ran their eighteenth season of concerts at the Clarendon Royal Hotel in the winter months under the heading of "Bandtime". Thanks to the Managing Proprietor Clarendon Royal Hotel and guest singers The Co-operative Choir, and Evelyn Johnson with her accompanist Mrs. Pemberton. The Band took part in the first Gravesend Arts Council festival at the Woodville Halls in a joint concert with Gravesend Light Orchestra, and considered it a great honour to play in such a fine hall. The band also attended Mayor's Sunday, played for the Remembrance Day Service, and carried out engagements in the Fort Gardens. David Phyall, who used to play Clarinet in the Band, is now a Band Sergeant in the Royal Scots Greys.
1969 was a year of mixed fortunes for the Band, 10 instruments were stolen from the bandroom and only 4 recovered, although insurance covered the loss. The "Chantry" was declared as structurally unsound, and the Council endeavoured to find the Band a new headquarters.
 
Sun 19/04/1970 "Bandtime" Clarendon Royal Hotel, Gravesend 19.30 - 21.30
  1970 Joint concert with St. Faiths Darby and Joan Choir at the Woodville Halls as part of the first Gravesend Arts Council Festival. Gravesend Borough Band Annual Statement of Accounts to March 31st, 1969
Sun 08/11/1970 Gravesend War Memorial Remembrance Service 10.30 - 11.45
1971 Date Venue Time
  02/1971 From the Band's Annual Statement Statement of Accounts to March 31st, 1970:
The band was called "Gravesend Borough Band" and practiced at The Chantry, Commercial Place. The Musical Director was Mr. W.C.Goodwin B.E.M. The Bands repertoire was increasing with up to date music arranged for Brass and Reed Bands under the direction of Mr Goodwin for the 10th year. The playing strength of the band had improved with 4 new musicians joining and only 1 leaving. Cornet players were still required and any brass or reed player would be welcomed. Woodwind learners classes were still running with Vera Bennett, 2 clarinets have graduated to the main band. Some individual lessons were being given to individual brass players. The band ran their nineteenth season of concerts at the Clarendon Royal Hotel in the winter months under the heading of "Bandtime". Thanks to the Managing Proprietor Clarendon Royal Hotel and guest singers The Co-operative Choir, and Evelyn Johnson with her accompanist Mrs. Pemberton. The Band took part in the second Gravesend Arts Council festival at the Woodville Halls in a joint concert with St. Faiths Darby and Joan Choir. The band also attended Mayor's Sunday, played for the Remembrance Day Service, and carried out engagements in the Fort Gardens. Mr. B Sweeney was appointed as deputy Bandmaster and took over the baton for 2 engagements from Mr Goodwin while he was ill.
 
Sun 18/04/1971 "Bandtime" Clarendon Royal Hotel, Gravesend 19.30 - 21.30
Sun 14/11/1971 Gravesend War Memorial Remembrance Service 10.30 - 11.45
1972 Date Venue Time
  01/1972 The Council informed the Band that the Ministry of the Environment were taking over the Chantry. The Band were offered accomodation in part of the Town Hall (Magistrates Courts waiting room, the instruments were stored in the old Town safe), High Street, Gravesend by the Council, which we were very pleased to accept.  
Sun 16/04/1972 "Bandtime", Clarendon Royal Hotel, Gravesend Evening
  Summer 1972 Gravesend Fort Gardens Bandstand Afternoon
  Summer 1972 Gillingham Strand Afternoon
Sun 01/10/1972 "Bandtime", Clarendon Royal Hotel, Gravesend Evening
Sun 12/11/1972 Gravesend War Memorial Remembrance Service 10.30 - 11.45
Sun 03/12/1972 "Bandtime", Clarendon Royal Hotel, Gravesend Evening
1973 Date Venue Time
  02/1973 From the Band's Annual Statement Statement of Accounts to March 31st, 1972:
The band was called "Gravesend Borough Band" and practiced at Town Hall, High Street. The Musical Director was Mr. W.C.Goodwin B.E.M. The playing strength of the band had improved but cornet players were still needed and any brass or reed player would be welcomed. Instruction was given to a class of 8 younger members on a Tuesday evening by deputy bandmaster Mr. B. Sweeney. The Band ran their 21st season of concerts at the Clarendon Royal Hotel in the winter months under the heading of "Bandtime". The October concert was a special occasion, Band President, His Worship The Mayor, Councillor D. McMillan and his wife attended along with a capacity audience. The Band wore new uniforms (cost 475), and had new banners on new stands. The youngest member of the Band, eleven year old Kevin Whyman, made his debut with two cornet solos. Thanks to the proprietors and management of the Clarendon Royal Hotel and guest singers Roy Perrell, Roy Burnett, Evelyn Johnson and accompanist Mrs. Pemberton. The Band attended the "Mayor's Parade", played for the Remembrance Day Service, carried out engagements in the Fort Gardens, and at Gillingham Strand. The Band also gave two concerts at Swanscombe for the Old People's Welfare Committee, both these concerts were well attended and very well received.
 
Sun 04/02/1973 "Bandtime", Clarendon Royal Hotel, Gravesend. (Last Bandtime concert at Clarendon Royal Hotel) Evening
Sun 11/05/1973 "Bandtime", St John's School, Gravesend. (First Bandtime concert at St John's School). Rescheduled from 29/04/1973 19.30 - 21.30
  Summer 1973 Gravesend Fort Gardens Bandstand Afternoon
  Summer 1973 Gillingham Strand Afternoon
Sun 14/10/1973 "Bandtime", St John's School, Gravesend 19.30 - 21.30
Sun 11/11/1973 Gravesend War Memorial Remembrance Service 10.30 - 11.45
Sun 09/12/1973 "Bandtime", St John's School, Gravesend 19.30 - 21.30
1974 Date Venue Time
  02/1974 From the Band's Annual Statement Statement of Accounts to March 31st, 1973:
The band was called "Gravesend Borough Band" and practiced at Town Hall, High Street. The Musical Director was Mr. B.Sweeney Mr. B.Sweeney took over as conductor of the band from Mr. Goodwin in April 1973. The playing strength of the band had improved including Mr. J.Mane, clarinet,; Mr. O.Foster, tenor saxophone; Mr R.Judge, trombone; Mr.S.Heatherington, trombone; and master G.Couves cornet [although I only had a trumpet back then and didn't have a cornet until the mid 1980s]. Reed players were still required and players in the area would be welcomed. Instruction was given to younger members on a Tuesday evening by conductor Mr. B. Sweeney. The Band ran their 22nd season of "Bandtime" concerts, the first in the St. John's School, Denton as the Clarendon Royal Hotel hall was no longer available. The concerts were run in association with the Parent Teachers Association, and the school choir and soloists took part in the December concert. Thanks also go to singer Evelyn Johnson and accompanist Mrs. Pemberton. The Band attended Mayor's Sunday, played for the Remembrance Day Service, and carried out engagements in the Fort Gardens. The Band also played Christmas carols outside the Old Town Hall for the Mayor's Christmas Appeal.
 
Sun 03/03/1974 "Bandtime", St John's School, Gravesend 19.30 - 21.30
Sun 14/04/1974 "Bandtime", St John's School, Gravesend 19.30 - 21.30
Sun 12/05/1974 "Bandtime", St John's School, Gravesend 19.30 - 21.30
Sat 06/1974 Ash Church Fete Afternoon
Sun 20/10/1974 "Bandtime", St John's School, Gravesend 19.30 - 21.30
Sun 10/11/1974 Gravesend War Memorial Remembrance Service 10.30 - 11.45
Sun 08/12/1974 "Bandtime", St John's School, Gravesend 19.30 - 21.30
1975 Date Venue Time
Sun 23/03/1975 "Bandtime", St John's School, Gravesend 19.30 - 21.30
Sun 11/05/1975 "Bandtime", St John's School, Gravesend 19.30 - 21.30
Sat 28/06/1975 Ash Church Fete 14.30
Sun 29/06/1975 Fort Gardens Bandstand, Gravesend 15.00 - 17.00
Sun 13/07/1975 Gillingham Strand 15.30 - 17.00
Sun 27/07/1975 Fort Gardens Bandstand, Gravesend 15.00 - 17.00
Sun 10/08/1975 Gillingham Strand 15.30 - 17.00
Sun 12/10/1975 "Bandtime", St John's School, Gravesend 19.30 - 21.30
Sun 09/11/1975 Gravesend War Memorial Remembrance Service 10.30 - 11.45
Sun 07/12/1975 "Bandtime", St John's School, Gravesend 19.30 - 21.30
1976 Date Venue Time
Thu 29/01/1976 A.G.M. 19.30
Sun 07/03/1976 "Bandtime", St John's School, Gravesend 19.30 - 21.30
Sun 09/05/1976 "Bandtime", St John's School, Gravesend 19.30 - 21.30
Tue 18/05/1976 Annual Council Meeting and Mayor Making, Civic Centre, Gravesend 18.30
Sat 22/05/1976 May Day Festival, Fort Gardens Bandstand, Gravesend 15.00
Sun 06/06/1976 Fort Gardens Bandstand, Gravesend 15.00
Sat 26/06/1974 Ash Church Fete 14.30 - 16.30
Sun 27/06/1976 Fort Gardens Bandstand, Gravesend Afternoon
Sun 11/07/1976 Gillingham Strand 15.30
Sun 25/07/1976 Fort Gardens Bandstand, Gravesend Afternoon
Sun 08/08/1976 Gillingham Strand 15.30
Sun 24/10/1976 "Bandtime", St John's School, Gravesend 19.30 - 21.30
Sun 14/11/1976 Gravesend War Memorial Remembrance Service 10.30 - 11.45
Sun 12/12/1976 "Bandtime", St John's School, Gravesend 19.30 - 21.30
Sat 18/12/1976 Mayor's Christmas Collection For Charity, Old Town Hall, Gravesend 15.00
1977 Date Venue Time
Sun 06/03/1977 "Bandtime", St John's School, Gravesend 19.30 - 21.30
Sun 08/05/1977 "Bandtime", St John's School, Gravesend 19.30 - 21.30
Sat 14/05/1977 May Queen Festival, Fort Gardens, Gravesend 16.30
Sat 25/06/1977 Ash Church Fete 14.30
Thu 09/06/1977 Practice at the Salvation Army Hall, The Grove, rather than the usual practice room in the Old Town Hall. This was in conjunction with the Salvation Army Band and Northfleet Silver Band ready for a Drumhead Service on 12/06/1977 19.30
Sun 12/06/1977 Royal British Legion Drumhead Service for the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee, Fort Gardens, Gravesend. The band was not part of the preceding parade, it played incidental music before the parade arrived, and was joined by the Salvation Army Band and Northfleet Silver Band for the service. 15.00
Sun 19/06/1977 Fort Gardens Bandstand, Gravesend Afternoon
Sun 17/07/1977 Gillingham Strand 15.30 - 17.00
Sun 07/08/1977 Gillingham Strand 15.30 - 17.00
Sun 14/08/1977 Fort Gardens Bandstand, Gravesend. Prize giving 15.30 - 15.45 15.00 - 17.00
Sun 23/10/1977 "Bandtime", St John's School, Gravesend 19.30 - 21.30
Sun 13/11/1977 Gravesend War Memorial Remembrance Service 10.30 - 11.45
Sun 11/12/1977 "Bandtime", St John's School, Gravesend 19.30 - 21.30
1978 Date Venue Time
Sun 05/03/1978 "Bandtime", St John's School, Gravesend 19.30 - 21.30
Sun 07/05/1978 "Bandtime", St John's School, Gravesend 19.30 - 21.30
Sun 04/06/1978 Fort Gardens Bandstand, Gravesend 15.00 - 17.00
Tue 09/05/1978 Annual Council Meeting and Mayor Making, Civic Centre, Gravesend 18.30
Sat 13/05/1978 May Queen Festival, Fort Gardens, Gravesend Afternoon
Sat 24/06/1978 Ash Church Fete 14.30
Sun 02/07/1978 Fort Gardens Bandstand, Gravesend 15.00 - 17.00
Sun 16/07/1978 Gillingham Strand 15.30 - 17.00
Sun 30/07/1978 Fort Gardens Bandstand, Gravesend 15.00 - 17.00
Sun 06/08/1978 Gillingham Strand 15.30 - 17.00
Sun 22/10/1978 "Bandtime", St John's School, Gravesend 19.30 - 21.30
Sun 12/11/1978 Gravesend War Memorial Remembrance Service 10.30 - 11.45
Sun 10/12/1978 "Bandtime", St John's School, Gravesend 19.30 - 21.30
1979 Date Venue Time
Sun 04/03/1979 "Bandtime", St John's School, Gravesend. First concert conducted by Colin Brown. 19.30 - 21.30
Sun 29/04/1979 "Bandtime", St John's School, Gravesend 19.30 - 21.30
Sat 12/05/1979 May Queen Festival, Fort Gardens, Gravesend 14.30
Sat 30/06/1979 Ash Church Fete 14.30
Sun 01/07/1979 Fort Gardens Bandstand, Gravesend Afternoon
Sun 12/08/1979 Fort Gardens Bandstand, Gravesend Afternoon
Sun 21/10/1979 "Bandtime", St John's School, Gravesend 19.30 - 21.30
Sun 11/11/1979 Gravesend War Memorial Remembrance Service 10.30 - 11.45
Sun 09/12/1979 "Bandtime", St John's School, Gravesend 19.30 - 21.30