About the band

The original band was formed at 1st Hook Scouts in 1938. But, they changed their name to 1st Hook Scout & Guide Band when 1st Hook Guide Company was invited to join them in 1983.

They are a 'traditional style' marching band, and meet for just two and a half hours every Monday evening.

There are currently around 40 members of the main senior band, with 3 sections - drums & percussion; woodwind; and brass.
New recruits start from age nine, and they are given an instrument of their choice to use in the band, along with a tuition book to start them off with their instrument lessons.

Several mentors help to teach the youngsters, and each mentor will continue to work with their student(s) as they progress from new recruit to trainee and begin playing within the main band.

The band uses a full range of military instrumentation, and their repertoire includes everything from well known military marches to full concert band arrangements of both popular music and film themes. As a result they are able to perform as both a concert band and a marching band, depending on the requirements of each event.
For many years 1st Hook retained the title of National Marching Band Champions of The Scout Association, including the last National Scout Band Festival held in 2001.
They have been fortunate to play at many prestigious engagements over the years, including the Lord Mayor of London’s Parade and The Royal Tournament.
They have also taken part in several events and competitions at London’s Royal Albert Hall, and back in 1998 they played at the 50th Anniversary of The World Scout Foundation at The Natural History Museum in London. The guest list on the day included HM The Queen and HRH Duke of Edinburgh, as well a number of Kings and Queens from other countries in Europe.
The band has also traveled abroad to play at events in Barcelona, Legoland in Denmark, The Menin Gate in Ypres, Euro Disney Resort in Paris, and Cascais in Portugal.
In 2012, the band was invited to play on the bandstand at The Olympic Park during the opening weekend of the Paralympics.
In 2013 the band celebrated it's 75th anniversary, along with the 90th anniversary of 1st Hook Scout Group too.
In 2014 the band formed new links with their local Royal Star & Garter Home in Surbiton, playing a mini-concert for the residents and staff, as well as appearing at their Summer Fete.

Have a look at the new 'Calendar' tab for a list of events the band has coming up.
If you'd like to get in touch please use the 'Contact the band' tab.