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Musical Performances


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.

How to run/provide musical performances

There are 2 ways of running Musical Performances in Scouting. These are:

  1. Scout-led activity - running musical performances yourself or using someone else in Scouting

  2. Externally-led activity - running musical performances using an external provider

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