Thurrock Marching Brass is a marching and performing arts organisation dedicated to giving the kids of Thurrock and surrounding areas the very best experiences, specialising in music, dance, choreography and marching performance opportunities all over the country as well as team work, discipline and just the right ingredients to ensure that everyone has fun.
Re-Launched for the kids of Thurrock and its surrounding areas on 18 October 2010, the Band opened its doors to the first batch of youngsters, and started the building process. Similarities with the original launch in 1973 started to emerge, with 13 first night members, the same as for the original band all those years ago. The original band closed in May 1989.
The Band enters competitions across the UK an Europe and perform locally within the community, including at fayres, fetes, carnivals, parades, as well as Christmas Carols and other seasonal opportunities. Since re-launching they are 4 times British Champions at the Junior level and 5 times British Championship Runners-up and as individuals and small ensemble groups since that time have won in excess of 130 medals at National Individuals & Ensemble competitions. They even set a Guinness World Record for the longest line of Fanfare Trumpeters in 2014.
Thurrock Marching Brass is open to all youngsters from Thurrock and its surrounding areas that are aged primarily between 8 and 16 years old. No experience is necessary and all instruments and equipment is provided.
The band brings all the exciting sections together and prides itself on performing as much as it can within the local community and beyond. Currently in competition at the junior level they are 4 times British Champions and 5 times British Champion Runners-up. You can book the band for your function or event too.
Youngsters of all ages primarily between 8 and 16 are welcome and you don't need any experience or equipment. All that is provided and even more cool is that your first 4 weeks are absolutely free, so why not come along and see what we are all about.
Founded by David J. E. Loader on October 18 1973, the journey to becoming one of Europe's most successful marching organisations commenced. The band closed its doors in 1989 after achieving National, European and World recognitions at the highest levels. 21 years later, former longest serving marching member, Paul Morgan, together with a dedicated group of other ex members re-formed the band for youngsters on October 18 2010. The legacy continues.
Thurrock Academy Colourguard are the dance side of the band and have their own outstanding history in their own right too as they also compete separately to the band on specialised circuits across Europe. Stooped in brilliant pageantry history, this integral part of the organisation is open to anyone who wants to learn new ways to perform, dance, and master specially designed performance art equipment such as performance flag, Performance Rifle and Performance Saber. If you are or you have a budding dancer or performer just bursting to learn something new and to make lots of new friends then come check us out.
Formed in the 45th anniversary year, the entire percussion section, which also features the Thurrock Academy Colourguard, has gone from strength to strength since launching. An integral part of the band this group also competes in its on WGI Percussion class and features all types of percussion instrument both marching and static. There is something for everyone in this section and this highly energetic group welcome newcomers who want a sense of fun, achievement and camaraderie. Kids just love to use their energies by making lots of percussive noises!