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UK Paper Band Sittingbourne

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The UK Paper band was formed in 1883 and was then called the Daily Chronicle Band. The original members were workers from the new paper mill built by Edward Lloyd to supply paper to his newspaper, the Daily Chronicle. Over the years the band has been called the Edward Lloyd Band, the Bowater Lloyd Band, and the Bowater Band and each name change has reflected the changes in ownership of the paper mill. It was in 1988 that the band changed its name to the UK Paper Band. Although the mill ownership has continued to change the Band is now affiliated to UK Paper Leisure Club in Remembrance Avenue, Sittingbourne. 
 
The UK Paper Band Sittingbourne plays concerts at venues across Kent and beyond. For further information about booking the band please contact Mark Hinchliffe on 01634 315588. The band rehearse on a Wednesday evening at the UK Paper club, Avenue of Remembrance, Sittingbourne, ME10 4DE starting at 1930 hours and we would be delighted to welcome new members of all standards. 
 
As you can see we have a long history in Sittingbourne. Old uniforms and an old marching bass drum can be found in the museum. As brass instruments are not trendy any more, what with everybody wanting to go on X factor and Britains got talent etc the average age of the band has increased. We have some good musicians in the band who are happy to pass on their knowledge and skills while having fun making music in a relaxed no pressure atmosphere.


Alison Foot BMus (Hons)

During her formative years Alison studied the oboe and piano. She joined the UK Paper Concert Band in 1995 as a self-taught clarinetist, but soon transferred to brass once she realised it was the only way she could out-blow her brass-playing colleagues! 
 
In 2004 Alison became the Musical Director of the UK Paper Band, which by then had transformed from a concert band back into its original form of brass band. Since then she and the band have enjoyed exploring a wide variety of musical styles and genres. 
 
Achieving a first class Bachelor of Music degree from Canterbury Christ Church University has been a recent highlight in Alison’s musical achievements. By day she works for the Kent Library, Registration and Archives Service, and away from work finds herself in demand as a dance pianist, arranger of music for brass band and conductor of local choirs. 

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