The defining moment for the Falmouth Marine Band came on April 20th in 1991, when we supported Trelawney’s Army in a march around Twickenham in front of 50,000 Cornish Rugby supporters, in an incredible County Championship final in which Cornwall beat Yorkshire in extra time. The victory has gone down in Cornish history as the greatest comeback and set the Duchy fans delirious with delight ever since. From that date onwards, the Falmouth Marine Band has been considered the 16th player in Cornish Rugby. Today we not only support the County team but also the Cornish Pirates and other local teams by marching by invitation to entertain the crowds pre and post match, often sampling local Cornish Ales and partaking in Cornish traditional sing songs.
The Falmouth Marine Band also appear by invitation with our collecting tins at many parades, carnivals and regattas throughout Cornwall. Each appearance at a Cornwall parade or Carnival is subject to careful and meticulous planning from the Bands HQ at The Seven Stars Falmouth.
A visitors first experience of the band is often the faint sound of a drumming beat and the reverential mutterings around the gathered crowd of “Falmouth Marine Band”. The Falmouth Marine Band are best known by the variety of uniforms and fancy-dress costumes which we change annually at the start of the Falmouth Carnival.
Military precision we do not do, this it is not a term easily associated with such a fine body of free spirited individuals. Visitors reactions change from complete astonishment to smiles then laughter and cheers as the Falmouth Marine Band march past playing what the French call a “cacophony of l’humour anglais” on our drums and tins, stopping every so often to fire our feather canon.
Today our band of merry men are led by band leader Keith Hosen who carries on the traditions set by legendary band leaders of old; Chris Fallowfield, Paul Wicks (President), Dave Spargo (honorary President) and Jim ‘The Crane’ Boyd before him.
Great fun and always in a good cause. Do not miss the opportunity to savour the unique vision and sound of the Falmouth Marine Band if you are fortunate enough to have the opportunity.
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