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Mayfield Band

It is not known when the Mayfield Band was formed, although one of the earliest photos shows the Band playing in Mayfield High Street in about 1902. It has always been a traditional village band, and has played at flower shows, fetes and village celebrations in most of the local villages and towns at some time. We play four or five concerts each year, and contesting has also played a large part in band life. One of the highlights of our recent history was the year Mayfield won through the local area finals to be awarded a place in the National Finals, held at the Albert Hall. Probably the most famous place that we will ever play! We have, however, been fortunate to play at many other lovely places; Hever Castle, Bodiam Castle, Borde Hill Gardens and Bedgebury Pinetum among them. The fantastic Bandstand at Eastbourne is also a regular haunt. One year we also played for the actress Susannah York at Frankham Manor when she and friends did a play for two weeks in the open air theatre there, and on another occasion we were televised when Songs of Praise came to Mayfield. Recently we played at the Southern Counties Amateur Bands Association quartets and ensemble contest and had several successes there.

In the early 1970s, we finally found ourselves with a permanent home when the Parish Council granted us a lease on Court Meadow. Band members then raised the funds, and built themselves a Practice room, which serves us very well to this day, and has a character all of it's own.