An Isle of Wight band are getting in tune to play at one of the country’s most prestigious events.
Medina Marching Band has been asked to play at the year’s The Lord Mayor’s Show in London.
The Lord Mayor’s Show is one of the longest-established shows, dating back to the 16th century. It’s centred on a street parade with a combination of traditional British Pageantry and elements of carnival.
A new Lord Mayor is appointed every year and the public parade is the inauguration ceremony.
The procession from Guildhall via Mansion House and St Paul’s Cathedral, in the heart of the City of London, to the Royal Courts of Justice on the edge of the City of Westminster, where the new Lord Mayor swears allegiances to the Crown.
The band will line up amongst some of the world’s best military bands such as HM Royal Marines, The Royal Air Force, The Guards Division, and The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment Band to name just a few.
Medina Marching Band vice chairman, Kevin Downer, said:
“It is something a lot of the band have wanted to do for a long time. We last took part in 2007 and this is very exciting for us.”
Medina Marching Band Master, Lesley Smith, added:
“Preparations have already started for the performance. We have new music from last year and new music from this year.
“The band just takes everything on board and they always put themselves out – especially for events like this.”
Band members have to fund the trip themselves are hoping Island businesses will step in to support their fundraising efforts.
The show will be broadcast live on the BBC at 11am on November 9.