Marching band set to start a second group

The Waterloo Drummers and Colour Guard parade at Irthlingborough Carnival last September
The Waterloo Drummers and Colour Guard parade at Irthlingborough Carnival last September

A popular band of young drummers is launching a new group in East Northamptonshire next month.

The Waterloo Drummers and Colour Guard was first launched in Irthlingborough in 2009 and is known as East Northamptonshire’s premier drum corps.

It is a voluntary organisation which often represents Irthlingborough at big functions such as carnivals and galas.

The success of the group has led the founders to put together plans to start a second group in Rushden.

One of the founders, John Mander, said: “Four members of the same family started this performing arts’ group three years ago in Irthlingborough to provide young people with something to do during the evenings and weekends.

“This has been so successful we’ve decided to form another group in Rushden.”

The Irthlingborough group is made up of young people and adults, ranging from six-year-olds to 65-year-olds.

They play marching snare drums, bass drums, cymbals, cluster drums and marching glockenspiels and later in the year Bb marching flutes are being added too.

The group also consists of a dance troupe which uses flags and other equipment to visually interpret music.

Although the group adopted some aspects of American drum corps or high school marching bands it also wanted to be in the British style and is affiliated to the Royal British Legion.

Its ultimate ambition is to perform at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

Anyone who is interested in learning to play an instrument or learning to dance can attend the first meeting in Rushden.

It will be held in the main hall at Rushden Community College, Hayway, from 6pm to 8pm on Wednesday, February 1.

Equipment and training are provided.

Subscriptions are £2 a week but the first visit is free.

There are also vacancies for adults with marching band experience.