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This page is part of an archive of historical details from existing or defunct brass band websites. This is being maintained to provide a record of this information in the event of a band folding, its website disappearing or other loss of the historical record. Where possible, and appropriate, the information cached will be updated from time to time - and any corrections or updates are welcome.



Medway Band

The band was formed in 1928, originally as the Chatham Town Band. Although there have been various changes of name, the band has always been based in the Medway Towns area.

At the outbreak of the Second World War, the band became part of the Home Guard, under the title of 12th Bn. Royal West Kent Guards Band.

When the band was reformed in 1945 it was, for the next twelve years, known as Medway Imperial Silver Band. It then amalgamated with the City of Rochester Band and became known as the Medway Towns Band.

The band has enjoyed support from Kent Messenger Group Newspapers and for a while was known as The KM Gillingham Band, also reflecting valuable support from the now defunct Gillingham Borough Council, where the band is based.

On Medway becoming a Unitary Authority in 2000, the band decided to change its name back to the KM Medway Band to reflect its roots in the area. The financial support from KM Group came to an end in 2009 and the Band reverted to The Medway Band.

The Medway Towns Band organisation also includes Medway Concert Brass, a band that follows a more relaxed approach to banding.

Chatham Town Band (1928 - 1939). Formed in 1928, the band continued until the out break of war in 1939, when it became a section of the Home Guard. Very little archive material is available for this period.

12th Bn. Royal West Kent Guards Band (Home Guard) (1939 - 1945). Very little is known about the wartime band, so if anyone has any information about this period, we would be very grateful to know.

Medway Imperial Silver Band (1945 - 1957). Reformed following the war in 1945, the band continued to thrive until 1957 when it amalgamated with the City of Rochester Band.

Medway Towns Band (1957 - 1988). The band gained Championship status during this period, but then became part of an organisation of two bands on the setting up of the Medway 'B' Band in 1988.

The Medway Band (1988 - ). The band as we know it today