Traditional Youth Marching Bands from across the UK to mark 100 years since the end of WW1 at a special event in Rugby

Talented, young musicians from across the country will commemorate the 100 years since the end of the First World War, during a special event in Rugby.

The Traditional Youth Marching Bands Association (TYMBA) are holding their annual National Championships at Lawrence Sheriff School in the town on Sunday 14th October 2018.

In partnership with the Rugby Rotary (Satellite Club) the event will finish with a Beating Retreat finale, including a Sunset ceremony as part of the commemorations.

Andy Downton, Chairman of TYMBA, said: “I was delighted when we were approached by the Rugby Rotary (Satellite Club) to be part of their commemorations for this historic year.

“Our bands, coming from as far afield as Greater Manchester, West Yorkshire and Greater London, are all excited to be a part of the day and are already working hard on both their competition routines and the Beating Retreat music.”

The TYMBA National Championships are the finals of a year of competition across the country where bands are judged on their drill, display, music, percussion and other aspects, all with the aim of building the ability of our young musicians, many of whom go on to become professional musicians in the British military.

Find out when bands will be on the arena on our National Championships competition page.

Rob Close from Rugby Rotary (Satellite Club), said: “Rugby Rotary looks forward to a great afternoon of music and marching, followed in the evening by an end of WW1 Centenary Ball at the Benn Hall in Rugby”

Cllr Tom Mahoney, Mayor of Rugby, said: “! am delighted that Rugby with its central location in the country has been selected as the venue for this great event.”

The Royal Marines Band Service recruiting team and a Corps of Drums are also attending to put on small displays and to talk to people about a career as a Royal Marines musician.

The TYMBA National Championships takes place on Sunday 14th October, from 11.30am with the Beating Retreat from 3pm at Lawrence Sheriff School.  Tickets can be purchased on the day at £5 for adults and £8 for families.