As usual, I’m a bit late to the party with this but this is a very important announcement for anyone who was a member of, or is interested in the marching bands so popular in our area that were huge from the 1930s onwards, but particularly in the 60s-90s.
This evening (Saturday 17th October 2015), there will be a reunion of the Burntwood Blue Birds Jazz Band organised by Wendy Jones and other former members at the St. Matthews Sports and Social Club, in St. Matthews Road, Burntwood, from 7pm.
Tickets are £5 and I’m sure you can pay at the door.
This will be a great chance to catch up with former band mates, view pictures and other material from the past, and just have a really great get together. I’m sure members of other local bands would be welcome too – the whole scene was such an excellent community.
Wendy Jones has previously donated much material to the blog – both in the form of photos of the area before the mM6 Toll came through, and of course, her main interest the history of the Burntwood Blue Birds Jazz Band.
There is a Burntwood Blue Birds Facebook group for the band where members are posting a wealth of material and like the similar group for Brownhills Tartans, it’s proving to be a real trip down memory lane for all who had any connection with the scene.
If you’re interested in the reunion or just fancy a wallow in marching band nostalgia, please do pop to the Facebook group here.
As I’ve previously pointed out, marching bands were a huge part of local music/performance culture locally for decades. I think it’s important that the history of this tradition is recorded, and I can’t think of anyone finer and more suited to do it than Wendy.