The London Massed Bugle Band has performed at a wide variety of events in recent years. On this page are comments received from dignitaries, event organisers and members of the public about the Band's performances.

Recording for Surprise Surprise, ITV Studios, London - 23rd September 2012

Comments following the airing of the episode of Surprise Surprise featuring the London Massed Bugle Band on 28th October 2012:

You were one of the highlights of my mum and dad's night along with everything else. Thank you for taking part!

(David McIlwraith, son of Gordon McIlwraith, the BB Officer who was surprised as part of the programme)

On behalf of my wife Elizabeth and I and our sons David and Stephen, I would like to thank everyone involved in last Sunday night's TV programme Surprise Surprise. You were definitely one of the highlights of the show and you played so well. I can assure you all that it was very much appreciated. Thanks again and please pass on our best wishes for the future to everybody in the London Massed Bugle Band and the London Massed Brass Band.

(Gordon McIlwraith, Company Captain, 3rd Kilmarnock Boys' Brigade)

Jubilee Family Festival, Hyde Park, London - 2nd to 3rd June 2012

Comments sent to Calvin Hanks following the Jubilee Family Festival:

A very big thank you for... organising the appearance of the musicians of the Boys' and Girls' Brigades. They put on an absolutely splendid performance, were enormously flexible and were a joy to work with.

(Christopher Joll, Diamond Jubilee Parade in the Park)

London Marathon, London - 22nd April 2012

Comments sent to Calvin Hanks following the London Marathon 2012:

Hi Calvin, just some feedback from my running club regarding the Band on Sunday at the London Marathon. They all thought you were great and played really well.

(Roz, Dulwich Park Runners)

Lord Mayor's Show, City of London - 12th November 2011

The text from a letter from the Rt Hon The Lord Mayor to Calvin Hanks following the Lord Mayor's Show 2011:

I am writing to thank you and the London Massed Bugle Band for your participation in this year's Lord Mayor's Show. There was a fantastic atmosphere throughout the entire day, generated by those taking part in the Show and the thousands of spectators lining the entire route. Combined with the unseasonably clement weather it really made for a Show Day to remember.

The Lady Mayoress and I were dazzled by the many brilliant and spectacular floats - all of which made the day so special for us. Each and every entry added something special to the Show. The Show is a wonderful annual demonstration of the diversity and richness of British life.

I do appreciate the huge amount of planning and preparation that goes into every entrant in the procession, and the number of people involved from start to finish is vast. I should be most grateful if you would extend our deepest thanks to everyone involved at the London Massed Bugle Band for helping to make the Show Day such an exciting and entertaining occasion.

Thank you all very much indeed.

(The Rt Hon The Lord Mayor, Alderman David Wootton)

"A very big thank you for... organising the appearance of the musicians of the Boys' and Girls' Brigades. They put on an absolutely splendid performance, were enormously flexible and were a joy to work with."

Christopher, festival organiser

Lord Mayor's Show, City of London - 14th November 2009

Comments sent through the Band website following the Lord Mayor's Show 2009:

Just to say what a great performance the Massed Band put on at the Lord Mayor's parade yesterday. I think the band are a great asset to GB/BB. 2009 has been a good year for the Band.

As a parent of a Band musician, as well as an ex-BB member, I would like to thank you all for your help and support you give, it showed when the LMBB played their last piece (Roxburgh), in the Barbican tunnel after a very long wet day. It was as good as if they had just started at 11 o'clock. I together with a lot of others look forward to 2010. Good luck.

(Cliff Potter)

Lord Mayor's Show, City of London - 8th November 2008

Comments sent to Martin Bowering after the Band's use of the Lloyds TSB building in Chiswell Street as an assembly point before and after the Lord Mayor's Show 2008:

I would like to take time make comment on the behaviour of your boys and girls (no that should read young men and women) on Saturday the 8th November who assembled in the pentagon at 48 Chiswell Street, this was nothing less than exemplary.

The report from my team on their return after the show only enhanced the above comments on their behaviour.

It was a pleasure to welcome you all and their good behaviour made my role on the day very easy, they were a credit to their leaders as well as their parents and showed a maturity beyond their ages.

I took the opportunity to follow the band from Chiswell Street to the rotunda and you may be surprised to know that other bands gathered there having a coffee/tea commented on the clarity and maturity of your playing and marching in the foul weather, and that was just you arriving at the gathering point so they should all feel very proud of themselves.

The comments came from London Irish/military police/London Scottish and if you did not notice you were applauded by all as you turned into the rotunda.

Once again I thank you on their behalf for a fine well turned out bunch of young people.

(Scott)

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