The Isle of Wight’s Medina Marching Band have this week had the great honour of receiving an official invitation to take part in the 2019 Lord Mayor’s Show in London on Saturday 9th November.
The Lord Mayor’s Show is one of the best-known events in the Capital as well as one of the longest-established, dating back to the 16th century. The show is centred on a street parade which in its modern form is a lighthearted combination of traditional British Pageantry and elements of carnival.
A new Lord Mayor is appointed every year and the public parade marks his or her inauguration. The procession travels from Guildhall via Mansion House and St Pauls 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. The show is also broadcast live on the BBC at 11:00.
A spokesperson for Medina Marching Band has said:
“This is a great experience for every member of the band, not only to perform at but also to represent the Isle of Wight in what is such a prestigious event.
“We will be taking a band of 70+ players. The only draw-back is we do not receive any income from the organisers of the event so the band has to cover 100% of the cost of 2 coaches and travel on and off the Island. An overnight stay is also required so that we can arrive on time before the streets of London are closed.
“Over the next 6 months we will be actively fundraising and seeking help from any local companies or individuals that can help with our travel expenses. As the band is totally self-funded this is going to be a big additional cost for the year but something we all want to take part in and with a little bit of help we will get there.
“We have a banner which is carried at the back of the band that will display the names of those that help us in our journey to London. This will be seen throughout the summer at the various gigs we perform at on the Island and the mainland and of course will be on full display for all to see at the Lord Mayor’s Show in November”.