first bandstand was built in 1893 and a Municipal Orchestra was formed in 1899.
There is a commemorative plaque at the rear of the current Bandstand in memory
of Eastbourne bandsman John Wesley Wooward who was one of those playing on the
Titanic when it sank on April 15 1912. The current Bandstand was built in 1931
and cost £10,000. It is one of the most distinctive sights in Eastbourne with
its blue dome and golden finial. In recent years the Bandstand has been filmed
for the National Lottery's 'Winsday' television commercial and for pop music
promotions for Blur and Del Amitri.
View full Eastbourne Bandstand Concert Programme 2005 (PDF, 22kb)
Eastbourne Bandstand's Military Band Season features top military bands such as The Band of the Army Air Corps, the Central Band of the Royal British Legion and the Band of the Royal Engineers. The Military Band Season runs through July and August. The full concert season runs from the beginning of May to the end of September with performances including the Eastbourne Silver Band and Sussex Brass.
Military Band Links:
- information about military bands around the world, including most that perform
at Eastbourne's Bandstand.
www.army.mod.uk - the official Army web site with information about Army bands.
www.britishlegion.org.uk - the official British Legion site.
The Bandstand is situated on the seafront off Grand Parade, opposite the Cavendish and Albany Hotels. Free car parking along the seafront or, when full, pay and display in Devonshire Place.