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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 & Guide Symphony Orchestra.

Bands can vary in size from a small group ensemble of just a few musicians to a full symphony orchestra that could be 80+ strong.

These musical groups 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 9-25 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, banding is often a shop window for Scouting, as they are to be seen at many high-profile events such as Lord Mayors' Parades, Remembrance Sunday Parades and local festivals etc.

How to run/provide bands

There are 2 ways of running Bands in Scouting. These are:

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

  2. Externally-led activity - running bands using an external provider

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