Stan played clarinet in the Central Band for over 35 years and was a key member of the band using his vast experience as a musician and teacher to support the clarinet section and the whole band.
In 1948 Stan joined the Royal Tank Regiment Band at Bovington, followed in 1950 by three years at Kneller Hall Military Music School, after which he joined the Band of the Welsh Guards where he spent, what were perhaps some of the happiest, years of his life. He undertook a number of overseas tours with the Welsh Guards, most notably to Germany, America and Canada as well as ceremonies like Trooping the Colour, the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance at the Albert Hall, the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday, Beating Retreat at Horse Guards Parade, and, being in the Welsh Guards band the investiture of the Prince of Wales, now King Charles iii. After leaving the military Stan became a peripatetic music teacher and continued to play in many other bands including the London Fire Brigade, the London Metropolitan Police Band, the Guards Association Band and the Central Band of the Royal British Legion.
Brian Victor Rutt
In memory of Brian Rutt, 1946 - 2019 and member of the Central Band from 1964.
Brian was our bugler and member of the corps of drums. He played the Last Post on countless occasions and all over the country, appearing on National Television numerous times..
Brian could always be counted on to help and would regularly drive a van full of Band equiment to engagements, on one occasion, all the way to Torrevieja in Spain where the Band performed for a week.
Brian was a feature of our Eastbourne week where he sold recordings, chatted to the audiences and collected thousands of pounds for the Annual Poppy Appeal.
Awarded to David Lawrence
In memory of David Lawrence (1927 - 2015), the son of the Band founder.
David played with the Central Band until his death in 2015 and produced many fine arrangements that the band continue to play.