REDHILL CORPS OF DRUMS
The Redhill Corps of Drums was an idea started in 1980 by Mr Anthony Earthy. Tony had been a musician in the “Queens Regiment” of the British Army and had been involved in banding since his youth and spent many years in the Church Lads Brigade as a playing member and ultimately Bandmaster of the 406 Coy. Redhill. By January 1981 all was in place to start a new Band in the town of Redhill. The first meeting as a Band produced some 30 players, some with no experience of playing fully chromatic instruments at all. Over the first 12 months, uniforms and who was playing which instrument was sorted out, and by 1982 the Band was ready to compete at Band competitions in the British Youth Band Association.
February 1984 saw the Band make its first visit to Eschweiler in West Germany to take part in the annual Carnival festivities as part of a Town Twinning programme. The Band was hosted by our twin band "Die Kaafsack" Trompettencorps Durwiss. The highlights of that visit was marching into the "Festhalle" in Durwiss onto the stage to play in front of over 1,000 singing and dancing Germans, and marching in a carnival in the SNOW through crowds TEN deep in places. A total of four carnivals/processions were completed over a long weekend.
1988 saw the Band rejoin the contest scene, this time with the Traditional Youth Marching Band Association and embarking on a ten day tour in August of West Germany, again hosted by "Die Kaafsack". The tour included playing in Heinbach, Monchau and Cologne.
1995 saw the Band take its third trip to Eschweiler, Germany again to take part in the annual Carnival celebrations. On this occasion the Band was seen marching through the streets of Eschweiler on German Television.
The Band rejoined the contest circuit again in 1998 with a new and in-experienced band and results were encouraging for the future. In December of 1998, 14 members of the Band played with 200 other T.Y.M.B.A Bandsmen and Band Women in the T.Y.M.B.A massed Bands at the Birmingham International Tattoo.
2000 was an outstanding year for the Band with great success in the four Contests it entered and the year ended with the Band becoming T.Y.M.B.A. Contest Class National Champions and promotion to Championship Class. Also in 2000 it was decided to expand the Band to include a Concert Band to allow musicians who did not want to march or are too old for Contests to join or stay with Band.
2002 saw the Band returning to the winning ways of 2000, with the Band finishing 2nd in the League, just missing promotion to National Class. Also during 2002 the Band led Parades to commemorate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee through the towns of Redhill and East Grinstead.
2003 saw the Band embarking on another Summer Tour this time playing in Strasbourg and Selastet in France, and Baden Baden in Germany.
In 2004 The Band became the T.Y.M.B.A Contest Class National Finals and League Champions, taking 28 Trophies in the process and were promoted back to the Championship Class for the third time.
2006 was the Band’s Silver Jubilee which saw the Band complete a Summer Tour of Holland and Luxembourg. Also during 2006 the Band became a Royal British Legion Affiliated Unit connected to the Horley Branch of the Royal British Legion. 2006 also saw The Band form part of The National Youth Marching Band at the Birmingham International Tattoo. At the end of 2006 as a result of the Band’s Contest performances the Band was promoted to National Class within T.Y.M.B.A.
In 2007 the Band again took part in the Birmingham International Tattoo as part of The N.Y.M.B.
In 2008 the Band has visited the Town of Eschweiler, Germany to take part in the Town’s 150th Anniversary. Again the Band took part in The Birmingham International Tattoo as part of The N.Y.M.B.
2009 saw the Band visit Brunoy near Paris as part of the 10th Anniversary of Twinning Celebrations between Reigate & Banstead and Brunoy, and also visit Wattrelos near Lille as part of a Friendship Weekend between Lille and Reigate & Banstead. Again the Band took part in The Birmingham International Tattoo as part of The N.Y.M.B.
In 2010 the Band took part in celebrations both in Eschweiler and Reigate to mark 25 Years of Twinning between the two Towns. The visit to Eschweiler consisted of a Friday Evening Concert and Parades around the Town on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday included an impromptu visit to Durwiss on the outskirts of Eschweiler where the seeds of Twinning were sown in 1983. As usual the Band took part in The Birmingham International Tattoo as part of The N.Y.M.B.
2011 saw the Band perform at a joint Concert with Lingfield Silver Band and in Reigate Priory Park with the National Youth Marching Band in ‘Parade in The Park’ to mark the Band’s 30th Anniversary. At the end of July the Band travelled to Lake Garda, Italy for a 10 day Concert Tour. In November it took in the Lord Mayor of London’s Show and in December took part in the Birmingham International Tattoo as part of the N.Y.M.B.
2012 saw members of the Band travel to Eschweiler to take part in the annual Karnaval celebrations including joining up with ‘Brass on Spass’ to perform together in Durwiss before the start of the Sunday Karneval. The Band also performed at the Burghof Sitzung on Saturday evening. Also during 2012 the Band played a major part in the celebrations to mark the Diamond Jubilee of the Queen by leading a procession in Horley and a torch lit procession through Reigate Priory Park to light the Reigate Priory Beacon as part of the chain of beacons across the Country. In September the Band performed again in Reigate Priory opening the Bandstand Marathon to mark the end of the London 2012 Festival and the London Paralympic Games. This was one of 350 events happening simultaneously around the Country. In November the Band once again took part in the Lord Mayor of London’s Show and the Birmingham International Tattoo as part of the N.Y.M.B.
The current Bandmaster is David Edge became Bandmaster in 1999 is one of only 2 Members ever present since 1981.