The 17th Pal’s Battalion Band is recruiting buglers to play in the band. Contact Steve Jenkins if interested, whilst previous experience is helpful – it is not necessary as full training will be given.
Phone: 07971 146502
The 17th Pal’s are a friendly local band who rehearse at Highams Park Baptist Church in Cavendish Road. You may have seen them at local events such as the Highams Park Christmas Fayre, the remembrance service at Hale End Library or Highams Park Day at Vincent Green. There is a little bit more information about them below.
About the 17th Pal’s Battalion Band
The 17th Pals’ Battalion Band was originally formed in 2012 by officers, staff, former officers and boys of the 17th Waltham Forest Boys’ Brigade Company which was based at Highams Park Baptist Church.
Former members from other Companies have also since joined the band, namely 9th Enfield, 6th 18th and 28th Waltham Forest, 14th Haringey and 2nd Sawston.
In 2015, it became known as the 17th Pals’ Battalion Band due to its considerable work commemorating the service and sacrifice made by the professional footballers, staff and supporters who volunteered to serve in the 17th Battalion Middlesex Regiment – more commonly known as ‘The Footballers’ Battalion.’
The band particularly remembers the forty-one players, staff and supporters of Clapton Orient which was the first Football League club to join-up en masse.
The entire band specifically trained to perform to its highest capability during the 2016 O’s Somme Tour and then the inaugural tour to Ypres in 2017. Most recently, the band participated in a second Somme tour in 2018 and also Normandy as part of the 75th Anniversary of D-Day.
In 2016, the band had the honour of parading at the Thiepval Memorial in France, as part of the special centenary commemorations held on 23rd July (100 years to the day that the 17th Middlesex arrived on the Somme), which was televised on the BBC Breakfast programme. The band also performed in Arras Town Square during the tour.
As part of the Ypres Tour in 2017, the band was honoured to perform in the Town Square as well as participate at the world-famous Menin Gate, during which the buglers took part in the Last Post ceremony when they played ‘Reveille’, pairing up with the Ypres Fire Brigade buglers who play ‘Last Post’ each evening at 8pm local time.
More recently the band participated in the unveiling and dedication ceremony of the O’s Somme Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum on Sunday 24th October 2021.
The 17th Pals’ have also performed at Leyton Orient, taking part on the pitch in the Club’s annual Remembrance commemorations, most recently being Saturday 30th October.
Band practice is held on a Wednesday evening at Highams Park Baptist Church, Cavendish Road, London, E4 9NG and we are always on the look-out for additional members, particularly buglers, so should you be interested in discussing the possibility of joining, please contact bandmaster Steve Jenkins, either by phone 07971 146502 or email firstname.lastname@example.org