The musical talent in Scouting encompasses all types and styles of music. There are marching bands where the music is played on the march and often to a display routine. There are concert bands, brass bands, fife bands, jazz bands, bagpipe bands, and even heavy metal bands. We have also heard a steel band playing on the White House lawn at Gilwell and have a National Scout and Guide Symphony Orchestra.
Musical ensembles can vary in size from a small group ensemble of just a few musicians to a full symphony orchestra that could be 80-plus strong.
These musical ensembles are usually district-based but some scout groups are large enough to be able to recruit their members from within the group. Rehearsals are usually one evening a week on a separate day to the section meetings. As the age range is typically 9 to 25 years, it is often tricky to find a suitable compromise to suit all the sections when it comes to rehearsals and engagements.
To the public, musical ensembles are often a shop window for Scouting as they are to be seen at many high profile events such as Lord Mayor's parades, Remembrance Sunday parades and local festivals etc.
Factsheets on musical performances
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Rules on musical performances
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