10th January 2017
Each year, the week after Remembrance Sunday the Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen and Women (AJEX) organise the National Jewish Remembrance Parade at the Cenotaph and JLGB Redbridge Band is always found on duty. The event in 2015 was no different, as thousands of spectators lined the streets of Whitehall, Redbridge Band performed alongside the Central Band of the Royal Air Force in honour of the fallen Jewish soldiers and veterans who fought for Queen and country.
To add to this fantastic achievement, the Band also performs at local Remembrance Sunday parades and services and at other remembrance events throughout the year. As numbers of veterans start to dwindle in the Jewish community the JLGB and the band play an ever increasing part in these events, providing not only music but wheelchair pushers and Standard Bearers for those local AJEX branches no longer able to carry them.
In preparation for these events, the band meets each week for rehearsals, which also includes one-to-one tuition as well as the need to practise at home. In the lead up to the Remembrance Parades, the Band increases their rehearsals including all day Sunday practises with the other bands in JLGB from across the UK in order to fine tune the music and practise their marching and manoeuvres.