Blue Flower

Useful links for band members


IBEW: Internet Bandsman's Everything Within!
A very wide-ranging resource, with dozens more links


Brass Musician: a magazine of general interest for brass bands/players

NB: I'm finding this site a bit 'flaky' now - some of the links don't work well.


Playing Tips 

Try these links for lip strengthening exercises:


Other Bands:

Eythorne Silver Band (but you klnow all about them of course!)

Snowdown Colliery Band

The Cory Band (of particular interest as our young members will be playing with them in the Deal Festival in July

Brighouse and Rastrick Band

Black Dyke Band - no list would be complete without ..

(and there are dozens more on the IFEW site)


Deal Festival of Music and the Arts

Deal Festival of Music and the Arts Summer Music School in Dover

Summer School for musicians who have a minimum Grade I ability on wind, brass, strings or percussion instrument. The Summer School involved ensemble work, composition, masterclasses, and excellent tuition from well established instrumental teachers, all working towards CD being recorded at the end of the programme. No age limit. Fee = £65 for the whole week. Dates = Monday 4th August - Friday 8th August 2014. Schedule = 9.30am - 3.30pm. At Beacon Church Hall, Bartholemew Street, Dover. For more information please contact Graham Harvey on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  / 01304 373697 or Jan Goldsack on  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  / 07788723370

Deal and Bettshanger RFC (our hosts)


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 This section contains
(1) Constitution (2) Child Protection Policy


Deal Brass Academy

1          NAME

The name of the organisation is Deal Brass Academy  


a)     To help keep brass band music alive, by encouraging and training young musicians in a friendly, safe and welcoming environment.

b)    To contribute to the musical life of the district through our live performances at a wide variety of events and venues.

c)     To maintain the traditions of brass band music, building on the wealth of experience of the brass bands in East Kent and nationally.

3          TRUSTEES

The organisation shall be managed by a committee of trustees who are appointed at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the organisation.


In order to carry out the objects, the trustees have the power to:

(1)          raise funds, receive grants and donations

(2)          apply funds to carry out the work of the organisation

(3)          co-operate with and support other organisations with similar purposes

(4)          do anything which is lawful and necessary to achieve the purposes

5          MEMBERSHIP

The organisation shall have a membership. Persons of any age who support the work of the organisation, whether playing members or not, can apply to the trustees to become a member.  Once accepted by the trustees, membership lasts for 3 years and may be renewed.  The trustees will keep an up-to-date membership list.

The trustees may remove a person’s membership if they believe it is in the best interests of the organisation.  The member has the right to be heard by the trustees before the decision is made and can be accompanied by a friend.


(1)          The AGM must be held every year, with 14 days notice given to all members telling them what is on the agenda.

(2)          Minutes must be kept of the AGM.

(3)          There must be at least 10 members present at the AGM.

(4)          Every member has one vote. 

(5)          The trustees shall present the annual report and accounts.

(6)          Any member may stand for election as a trustee. 

(7)          Members shall elect between 3 and 10 trustees to serve for the next year.  They will retire at the next AGM but may stand for re-election.


(1)          Trustees must hold at least 4 meetings each year.  At their first meeting after the AGM they will elect a chair, treasurer and secretary.  Trustees may act by majority decision.

(2)          At least 3 trustees must be present at the meeting to be able to take decisions.   Minutes shall be kept for every meeting.

(3)          If trustees have a conflict of interest they must declare it and leave the meeting while this matter is being discussed or decided.

(4)          During the year, the trustees may appoint up to 2 additional trustees.  They will stand down at the next AGM.

(5)          The trustees may make reasonable additional rules to help run the organisation.  These rules must not conflict with this constitution or the law.


(1)          Money and property must only be used for the organisation’s purposes.

(2)          Trustees must keep accounts.  The most recent annual accounts can be seen by anybody on request.

(3)          Trustees cannot receive any money or property from the organisation, except to refund reasonable out of pocket expenses.

(4)          Money must be held in the organisation’s bank account.  All cheques must be signed by 2 trustees who are not related.


If the Trustees consider it is necessary to change the constitution, or wind up the organisation, they must call a General Meeting so that the membership can make the decision.  Trustees must also call a General Meeting if they receive a written request from the majority of members.  All members must be given 14 days notice and told the reason for the meeting.  All decisions require a two thirds majority.  Minutes must be kept.  

(1)          Winding up - any money or property remaining after payment of debts must be given to an organisation with similar purposes to this one.

(2)          Changes to the Constitution - can be made at AGMs or General Meetings.  No change can be made that would make the organisation no longer charitable. 

(3)          General Meeting - called on written request from a majority of members.

(4)          Trustees may also call a General Meeting to consult the membership


This constitution was adopted on 7th March 2014  by the people whose signatures appear below.  They are the first members of the organisation and will be the trustees until the AGM, which must be held within one year of this date.


Mr Fred Thomson (Hon President)

Mr Chris Berriman (Chairman and Musical Director)

Mr Andrew Pooley (Vice Chair and Band Manager)

Mrs Frances Hickton (Treasurer)

Prof Irving Benjamin (Secretary) 

Committee Members:

Mrs Ann Sturt

Dr Susan Lesley Atkinson,

Mr Richard Webber

Youth Members:

James Andrew Pooley 

Miss Chiara Shearn



(2) Deal Brass Academy “DBA”


Child Protection Policy


1. Introductions, statements and abbreviations




1.1 Introduction


The introduction of this Child Protection policy should be seen as a clear signal by Deal Brass Academy “DBA” that it is determined to ensure all necessary steps are taken to protect from harm, those children and young people who participate in music playing at all levels.


The policy establishes Deal Brass Academy “DBA”  position, role and responsibilities and, together with the procedures section, clarifies what is expected of the individuals involved in the organisation.


It very clearly highlights the importance placed by Deal Brass Academy “DBA” on the protection of children, young people and vulnerable adults. It also safeguards and protects all personnel from the risk of false allegations of abuse or poor practice.


Everyone who participates in music is entitled to do so in an enjoyable and safe environment. To ensure this, Deal Brass Academy “DBA” has developed principles that all its personnel should follow.


These principles apply to all participants, but young people in particular are entitled to a higher duty of care and to be protected from poor practice or abuse. Abuse can occur within many situations including the home, school and the teaching environment.


Some individuals will actively seek employment or voluntary work with children and young people in order to harm them. The Deal Brass Academy “DBA” is committed to devising and implementing policies so that everyone in the organisation accepts their responsibilities to safeguard children and young people from harm and abuse. This means following procedures to protect children and young people and to report any concerns about their welfare to appropriate authorities.


Everyone involved with Deal Brass Academy “DBA” has a role to play in safeguarding the welfare of children and young people and preventing their abuse. Anyone who may have regular contact with children and young people will be a very important link in identifying cases where a child needs protection. All policies and procedures discussed below refer to vulnerable adults as well as to children and young people.


1.2 Policy statement


The Deal Brass Academy “DBA” is committed to the following:


  • Making the welfare of young people paramount
  • Ensuring opportunities for all young people, whatever their age, culture, disability, gender, language, racial origin, religious belief and/or sexual identity should be able to participate in brass music in an enjoyable and safe environment.
  • Taking all reasonable steps to protect young people from harm, discrimination and degrading treatment and to respect their rights, wishes and feelings.


  • Taking action swiftly and appropriately to all suspicions and allegations of poor practice or abuse.


1.3 Terms and abbreviations


The following terms and abbreviations are used in this document:


  • Anyone under the age of 16 is considered to be a child/young person.
  • ‘Parent’ is used as a generic term to include parents, carers and guardians.
  • ‘Personnel’ includes all volunteers of the Deal Brass Academy “DBA”, whether tutors or others undertaking general administrative/organisational duties.
  • ‘Child Protection Officer’ is the individual within a band/orchestra whose responsibilities are explained in section 3.4 below.
  • Deal Brass Academy “DBA”
  • CPO: Child Protection Officer.
  • SCRO: Scottish Criminal Records Office.


2. Good Practice, Poor Practice and Abuse




2.1 Introduction


To provide young people with the best possible experience and opportunities in music everyone must operate within an accepted ethical framework and demonstrate exemplary behaviour. Not only will this allow brass music to make a positive contribution to the development of young people and safeguards their welfare, but it also protects all personnel from the risk of false allegations of abuse or poor practice.


It is not always easy to distinguish poor practice from abuse, whether intentional or accidental. It is not therefore the responsibility of personnel within Deal Brass Academy “DBA” to make judgements about whether or not abuse is taking place. It is, however, their responsibility to identify poor practice and possible abuse and to act if they have concerns about the welfare of a child, as explained in section 4. This section (2) will help you identify what is meant by good practice, poor practice and abuse.


2.2 Good practice


All personnel should adhere to the following principles and actions:


  • Before undertaking any activities involving young people, conduct a risk assessment to identify possible sources of danger and take appropriate action to minimise these risks.
  • Make the experience of brass playing fun and enjoyable; promote fairness, confront and deal with bullying and do not condone rule violations or the use of prohibited or illegal substances.
  • Insist on adherence to Child Protection procedures.
  • Treat all young people equally; this means giving both the more and less talented members of a group similar attention, time, respect and preserving their dignity.
  • Respect the developmental stage of each young person and do not risk sacrificing their welfare in a desire for personal achievements. This means ensuring that the practice intensity is appropriate to the physical, social and emotional stage of the development of the student. Concerts, band competitions, solo competitions etc. must be suited primarily to the needs and the interests of the child, not those of the parents, teacher or band.
  • Build relationships based on mutual trust and respect, in which young people are encouraged to take responsibility for their own development and decision-making. Avoid situations where the teacher, conductor or any other member of the Deal Brass Academy “DBA” uses their position and power to decide what the student should or should not do without consideration of the young person’s needs and capabilities.
  • Always be publicly open when working with children and young people. Avoid teaching sessions or meetings where a teacher and an individual student are completely unobserved.
  • Where children and young people need to be supervised in changing rooms, teachers and helpers should work in pairs, and involve parents if possible. Maintain an appropriate and open environment, with no secrets.
  • Avoid unnecessary physical contact with young people. Where any form of physical guidance is required in teaching technique, this should be provided openly and with the consent of the student. It is important to educate parents of what is and is not acceptable in the context of brass playing. Physical contact (touching) can be appropriate so long as it is neither intrusive nor disturbing and the student’s permission has been given.
  • Maintain a safe and appropriate relationship with students. It is inappropriate for teachers and others in positions of authority to have an intimate relationship with a young person, even if they are over 16, the normal age of legal consent.
  • Maintain appropriate standards of behaviour at social events that young people attend.
  • Be an excellent role model, for example by not smoking or drinking alcohol while working with young people.
  • Communicate regularly with parents and involve them in decision-making. Gain their consent in writing to act in loco parentis to give permission for the administration of emergency first aid or other medical treatment if the need arises.
  • Be aware of any medical conditions, existing injuries and medicines being taken. Keep a written record of any injury or accident that occurs, together with details of any treatment given. Arrange that someone with knowledge of first aid is readily available.
  • Gain written parental consent for any significant travel arrangements, especially if an overnight stay is involved.


2.3 Poor practice


The following are regarded as poor practice and should be avoided by all personnel:


  • Unnecessarily spending excessive amounts of time alone with children and young people away from others.
  • Taking children and young people alone in a car on journeys, however short.
  • Taking children and young people to your home where they will be alone with you.
  • Sharing a room with a child.
  • Engaging in rough, physical or sexually provocative games, including horseplay.
  • Allowing or engaging in inappropriate touching of any form.
  • Allowing children and young people to use inappropriate language unchallenged.
  • Making sexually suggestive comments to a child, even in fun.
  • Reducing a child to tears as a form of control.
  • Letting allegations a child makes go unchallenged, unrecorded, or not acted upon.
  • Doing things of a personal nature that children and young people can do for themselves.
  • Having children and young people stay at your home with you unsupervised.


Where cases arise where it is impractical to avoid any of the situations mentioned in this section, they should only occur with the full knowledge and consent of someone in charge in the organisation and the children and young people’s parents.


If during your care of a child you accidentally hurt them, the child seems distressed in any manner, appears to be sexually aroused by your actions, or misunderstands or misinterprets something you have done, report any such incidents as soon as possible to another colleague and make a brief written note of it. Parents should also be informed of the incident.


2.4 Abuse


Abuse in all its forms can affect a child at any age. The effects can be so damaging that if not treated, they may follow an individual into adulthood.


Children and young people with disabilities may be at increased risk of abuse through various factors such as stereotyping, prejudice, discrimination, isolation, and a powerlessness to protect themselves, or adequately to communicate that abuse has occurred. Children and young people from ethnic minorities, who may also be experiencing racial discrimination, may be, or feel, doubly powerless in these respects.


Abuse may take a number of forms, and may be classified under the following headings:


  • Neglect


This is where adults fail to meet a child’s basic needs like food, shelter, warm clothing or medical care, or to protect them from physical harm. Children and young people might also be constantly left alone or unsupervised.


Neglect in a banding situation could include a conductor or band manager not keeping children and young people safe, or exposing them to unnecessary risk of injury.


  • Physical Abuse


This is where someone physically hurts or injures children and young people, for example by hitting, shaking, throwing, squeezing, burning, suffocating and biting or otherwise causing physical harm to a child. Giving children and young people alcohol or inappropriate drugs would also constitute physical abuse.


  • Sexual Abuse


Girls and boys can be abused by adults or other children and young people, both male and female, who use children and young people to meet their own sexual needs. This could include full sexual intercourse, masturbation, or fondling. Showing children and young people pornographic material is also a form of sexual abuse.


In banding activities which might involve physical contact with children and young people could potentially create situations where sexual abuse may go unnoticed. Also the power of the teacher over young students if misused, may lead to abusive situations developing.


  • Emotional Abuse


Persistent lack of love and affection, where children and young people may be led to believe that they are worthless or unloved, inadequate or valued only insofar as they meet the needs of another person. It may involve the child being constantly shouted at, threatened or taunted which may make the child very nervous and withdrawn. It may also feature age or developmentally inappropriate expectations being imposed on children and young people. Emotional abuse also occurs when there is constant overprotection, which prevents children and young people from socialising.


Emotional abuse in banding might include situations where children and young people are subjected by a parent or teacher to constant criticism, name-calling, sarcasm, bullying, racism or unrealistic pressure in order to perform to high expectations.


  • Bullying


This may be bullying of a child by an adult or another child. Bullying is defined as deliberate hurtful behaviour, usually repeated over a period if time, where it is difficult for those bullied to defend themselves. It may be physical (e.g. hitting, kicking, theft), verbal (e.g. racist or homophobic remarks, threats, name-calling, graffiti, abusive text messages transmitted by phone or on the internet), emotional (e.g. tormenting, ridiculing, humiliating, ignoring, isolating from the group), or sexual (e.g. unwanted physical contact or abusive comments).


In banding, bullying may arise when a parent pushes a child too hard to succeed, a teacher adopts a win-at-all-costs philosophy, or an official at a contest/ festival uses bullying behaviour.


2.5 Indicators of abuse


Even for those experienced in working with child abuse, it is not always easy to recognise a situation where abuse may occur or has already taken place. The Deal Brass Academy “DBA” acknowledges that most people involved in the organisation are not experts in such recognition, but indications that a child is being abused may include one or more of the following:


  • Unexplained or suspicious injuries such as bruising, cuts or burns, particularly if situated on a part of the body not normally prone to such injuries.
  • An injury for which an explanation seems inconsistent.
  • The child describes what appears to be an abusive act involving him/her.
  • Someone else – a child or adult, expresses concern about the welfare of a child.
  • Unexplained changes in a child’s behaviour – e.g. becoming very quiet, withdrawn, or displaying sudden outbursts of temper - or behaviour changing over time.
  • Inappropriate sexual awareness.
  • Engaging in sexually explicit behaviour in games.
  • Distrust of adults, particularly those with whom a close relationship would normally be expected.
  • Difficulty in making friends.
  • Being prevented from socialising with other children and young people
  • Displaying variations in eating patterns including overeating or loss of appetite.
  • Losing weight for no apparent reason.


  • Becoming increasingly dirty or unkempt.


It must be recognised that the above list is not exhaustive, but also that the presence of one or more of the indicators is not proof that abuse is actually taking place. It is not the responsibility of those working in banding to decide that child abuse is occurring, but it is their responsibility to act on any concerns.


Signs of bullying may include:


  • Behavioural changes such as reduced concentration or becoming withdrawn, clingy, depressed, tearful, emotionally up and down, reluctant to go to band rehearsals or to competitions.
  • An unexplained drop-off in standard of performance.
  • Physical signs such as stomach-aches, headaches, difficulty in sleeping, bed-wetting, scratching and bruising, damaged clothes and bingeing on food, cigarettes or alcohol.
  • A shortage of money or frequent loss of possessions.


3. Recruiting and selecting personnel to work with children and young people




3.1 Introduction


Anyone may have the potential to abuse children and young people in some way and it is important that all reasonable steps are taken to prevent unsuitable people from working with children and young people. The particular circumstances of individual cases need to be taken into account, but the fundamental principle is that those in charge of activities involving young people must take all reasonable steps to satisfy themselves as to the suitability of those who are given access to the children and young people in their care.


3.2 Controlling access to children and young people


Applicants for positions that involve significant access to young people (for example a Deal Brass Academy “DBA” tutor) should first complete procedures designed to elicit information about their past career (including any gaps), and to disclose any criminal record or other matter that has a bearing on their suitability to work with children and young people e.g. previous investigations with police or social services or disciplinary investigations in relation to work with children and young people. It should be made clear that failure to disclose relevant information will result in disciplinary action and possible dismissal or exclusion.


Consent should be obtained from applicants for checks to be conducted to determine whether the Scottish Criminal Records Office holds any relevant information on them.


3.3 Vetting


All personnel who will have significant access to young people must first be vetted to establish whether they have any criminal convictions or other past behaviour that suggests they are unsuitable to work with children and young people. This applies equally to paid staff and volunteers. This is done by obtaining a Disclosure about the individual from the Scottish Criminal Records Office. In the past, before the Scottish Criminal Records Office was established, applicants completed a self-declaration form containing similar information, and giving their consent to have checks made about them with the police and social services. This procedure is no longer available for new applications, but those people who have previously submitted such a form in relation to their existing activities in a particular band need not obtain a Disclosure from Disclosure Scotland for the time being. However, anyone applying for a new position must now obtain clearance from Disclosure Scotland.


It is important to emphasise that the absence of any relevant disclosure emerging from this vetting process does not guarantee that the individual is safe to work with children and young people, so it should not be relied on excessively. It is only one of a number of factors in the initial assessment of the person’s suitability for such responsibilities.


3.4 The Child Protection Officer


The Deal Brass Academy “DBA” will appoint a Child Protection Officer to advise the organising committee on compliance with all the procedures described in this protection policy and to act as a focal point for reporting any concerns. This person will have the primary responsibility to check that everyone who has significant access to young people within the organisation is suitable for that role and has been vetted as described above. The person appointed should be identifiable to the junior members of the band and their parents, but should have a degree of independence from their activities – for example he or she should not be the junior co-ordinator or actively teach or conduct in the organisation. The Child Protection Officer should be a member of the management committee. The Child Protection Officer should undergo the vetting procedure described in 3.3 above.


3.5 Training


The effectiveness of the policies described will depend on everyone who is involved with junior banding being aware of what is good practice. This applies particularly to those working directly with young people, such as tutors and Child Protection Officers, but an awareness of child protection issues is also needed by others who may be involved more indirectly, such as committee members or occasional parent helpers.


Training courses on Child Protection are available and are recommended for those groups identified above.


Formal training in child protection will help people to:


  • Compare their own practice against what is regarded as good practice in music and check that their practice is likely to protect them from false allegations.
  • Recognise their responsibilities and report any concerns about suspected poor practice or abuse.
  • Deal with the vetting procedures described in 3.3 above.
  • Work safely and effectively with children and young people.


4. Responding to suspicions and allegations


4.1 Introduction


Many cases of child abuse in fact take place within the family setting. However, abuse can and does occur in other situations as well, which may include music or other social activities, and is rarely a one-off event when it occurs within such a setting. It is crucial that those involved in music tuition are aware of this possibility and that all allegations are taken seriously and appropriate action taken.


It is not the responsibility of anyone in a musical organisation whether in a paid or a voluntary capacity, to decide whether or not child abuse is taking place. However, there is a responsibility to inform appropriate agencies of possible abuse so that they can then make inquiries and take any necessary action to protect the child. This applies both to suspicions of abuse occurring within the context of musical activities and to allegations that abuse is taking place elsewhere. This section explains how you should respond to such concerns.


4.2 Receiving evidence of possible abuse


We may become aware of possible abuse in various ways. We may see it happening ourselves; we may suspect that it is occurring because of signs such as those listed in 2.5 above; it may be reported to us by someone else, or directly by the child affected.


In the last of these cases, it is particularly important to respond appropriately. If a child says or indicates that he or she is being abused, or information is obtained which gives you concern that a child is being abused, you should:


  • React calmly so as not to frighten the child.
  • Tell the child they are not to blame and that it was right to tell.
  • Take what the child says seriously, recognising the difficulties inherent in interpreting what is said by a child who has a speech disability and/or differences in language.
  • Keep questions to the absolute minimum necessary so that there is a clear and accurate understanding of what has been said, and be careful not to ask leading questions.
  • Reassure the child, but do not promise to keep the matter secret – explain that to resolve the problem it will be necessary to inform other people as appropriate.


4.3 Recording information


As with other forms of information arising in relation to child protection, information of this kind is highly sensitive and confidential. Accordingly, it should be held under secure conditions and only made available to those who have a definite need for it.


You should make a note as soon as possible of whatever information you obtain, both for your own future reference and possibly for passing on to others, appropriate agencies such as the social services department or the police. In writing such a note, you should confine yourself to the facts, and distinguish between what is your own personal knowledge and what you have been told by other people. You should not include your own opinions on the matter, to avoid the possibility of libel. Information should include the following:


  • The nature of the allegation, in as much detail as possible, including times, dates, locations and other relevant information.
  • Details of the child involved, including name, age, address and other contact details, and identifying who has parental responsibility for the child.
  • Details of the person against whom the allegation is made, including name, relationship with the child, age and contact details (if known).
  • The identity and contact details of any informants or other witnesses.
  • The child’s account, if he or she can give one, of what has happened.
  • A description of any visible bruising or other injuries.
  • Details of who else has been informed of the alleged incident.
  • Any other relevant information.


4.4 Reporting the concern


The Deal Brass Academy “DBA” expects its personnel to discuss any concern they may have about the welfare of a child immediately with the person in charge, and subsequently to check that appropriate action has been taken. The particular route you might follow in various circumstances is suggested below.


  • Working within a group


If you are working with any of the Deal Brass Academy “DBA” groups, you should inform the Child protection Officer or the person in charge of the band/orchestra.


  • Working with students away from home


If you are working with students away from home (for example at a competition or workshop), then you should inform the person in charge of the group.


Circumstances in which other people might then need to be informed are discussed below:


  • Parents or carers


There is always a commitment to work in partnership with parents or carers where there are concerns about their children and young people. Therefore, in most situations, it would be important to talk to parents or carers to help clarify any initial concerns. For example, if a child seems withdrawn, they may have experienced bereavement in the family. However, there are circumstances in which a child might be placed at even greater risk were such concerns to be shared, e.g. where a parent or carer may be responsible for the abuse or not able to respond to the situation appropriately. In these situations, or where concerns still exist, any suspicion, allegation, or incident of abuse must be reported to appropriate agencies as soon as possible.


  • Social Work


The social work department has a statutory duty under the Children (Scotland) Act 1995 for the welfare of a child. When a child protection referral is made its staff have a legal responsibility to investigate. This may involve talking to the child and family and gathering information from other people who know the child. The telephone number is in the local phone book. Wherever possible, referrals telephoned to the social work department should be confirmed in writing within 24 hours. A record should also be made of the name and designation of the social work member of staff to whom the concerns were passed, together with the time and date of the call, in case any follow-up is needed.


  • Police


Where the apparent abuse is of a criminal nature it will be appropriate to inform the police. A record should be made of the crime reference number provided by the police, together with the time and date of the call, in case any follow-up is needed. The police and social services department may also carry out a joint enquiry.


  • 24 Hour Child Protection Line


A one-stop-shop - designed to complement Scottish child protection.  The 24-hour child protection information line will give people easy access to child protection services and allow them to share concerns about a child with the most appropriate local agency.


Throughout Scotland, people can call the confidential freephone number to speak to a trained operator.  The telephone number is 0800 022 3222.  Depending on the nature of the call, the operator will either:


    • Transfer the caller to the most relevant agency, or
    • Provide details of who the caller should speak to next


The person in charge may be unsure about whether the allegation constitutes abuse or not, and unclear about what action to take. There may be circumstances where allegations are about poor practice (which need not be referred to the social services or police) rather than abuse, but those responsible should consult with the bands Child Protection Officer (CPO) who will obtain further advice where there is any doubt. Notifying the CPO is also important because this matter may be just one of a series of other instances which together cause concern.


4.5 Disciplinary procedures


The discovery that someone may be abusing a child will raise feelings and concerns among other personnel, and it can be inherently difficult to report such matters. However, it is important that any concerns for the welfare of the child arising from abuse or harassment by someone should be reported immediately. As indicated above an allegation of abuse may give rise to a child protection investigation by the social services department and/or a criminal investigation involving the police.


If the matter is being investigated by the police and/or social services, the organisation may decide to await the outcome of these investigations, which may well influence a disciplinary investigation, although not necessarily so. In appropriate cases, the organisation will suspend the individual concerned while an investigation is taking place. This is not intended to prejudge the outcome of the investigation, but simply to remove the individual from contact with children and young people until the investigation is concluded.


Every effort will be made to maintain confidentiality for all concerned, and consideration will be given to what support may be appropriate to children and young people, parents, members of staff and volunteers.


4.6 Allegations of previous abuse


Allegations of abuse are sometimes made some time after the event, for example, by an adult who was abused as a child by a member of staff who is still working with children and young people. Where such an allegation is made, you should follow the procedures given above and have the matter reported to the police and/or social services department. This is because other children and young people, either within banding or outside it, may be at risk from this person. Anyone who has a previous criminal conviction for offences related to abuse is automatically excluded from working with children and young people.


5. Conclusion


Deal Brass Academy “DBA” by accepting this policy document, has indicated its determination to ensure that children and young people can participate in all forms of brass music, and do so, with their safety being of paramount importance.


It is essential that this document is representative of a process of continual improvement in the area of child protection within brass music. It is for all adults engaged in brass banding activities to promote good practice and procedures, whilst being ever vigilant and aware of their responsibilities towards the children and young people and young people in their care.


Band members Autumn 2016 (awaiting update, sorry!)


Dover Athletic FC Community Day April 2018



Walmer Castle 2018


Video Library:    (Videos open in new window)

I do Like to be Beside the Seaside! (an early performance from 2014, King's Head, Deal)

Hello Mary Lou

Westward Ho!

Over the Rainbow (Marines Memorial)

Colonel Bogey at Walmer Castle 2014


DBA had 10 members at Dover Summer Music School again in 2019 
Here Benj and Jez in the Jazz ensemble, from EK Mercury, August 2018.



Walmer Castle Gardens, June  - article in EK Mercury 12th June 2014

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Feature article in EK Mercury 30th  Jan 2014

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Royal Cinque Ports Yacht Club Beer Festival 7th March 2014

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Programme for 2019

5th April: Armed Forces Day: Royal British Legion Service, Deal Pier

16th June: Walmer Castle Blooming Gardens Festival
20th July: Eastry Village Fete
15th September: Deal Braderie and Band BBQ
22nd September: Royal Marines Anniversary Memorial Match, B&B RFC
9th November: The Heart of The Woods, Dover Town Hall
10th November: Festival of Remembrance, Dover Town Hall
14th December: Carols @Just Reproach, Deal
 6th December: Carols at Woodnesborough Village Hall
22nd December: Carols at The Ark, Dover


Programme for 2018


21st April: Dover Athletic Football Club Community Day
10th June: Folkestone Festival, Leas Bandstand
17th June: Walmer Castle Blooming Gardens Festival
24th June: Armed Forces Day: Royal British Legion Service, Deal Pier
14th July: Eastry Village Fete
16th September: Deal Braderie and Band BBQ
22nd December: Carols @Just Reproach, Deal
23rd December: Carols at the Ark, Dover



Notice: Bursary applications for 2020:
We are pleased to offer annually support for attendance at local music courses, in memory of two great bandsmen of the past, Colin Harrison (father and grandfather of two of our members) and Fred Thompson (former Honorary President of the Band)
Please let Hon Sec or Band Manager know if you wish to apply





Dover Athletic FC June 2018 




Christmas Carols outside the Just Reproach, King Street, Deal,
has become an annual fixture, no matter how cold!

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DBA Members joined the 2017

Deal Festival Summer Music School

From EK Mercury 

Emily Sole
Malandra Rogers (trumpets)
Chiara Shearn (bassoon)












Roger Marples Beer Festival

Royal Cinque Ports Yacht Club, Dover
Friday 10th March, 7.30pm

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Last events of 2016:

 Christmas Tree Fair Trinity Church Deal Sat Dec 3rd



Events 2016:


Sunday 18th Sept: Deal Brasserie
Sunday  4th Sept: Walmer Lifeboat Station
Saturday 16th July: Eastry Village Fete
Saturday 18th June: St Andrew's Church Fair, Deal
Sunday 5th June: Walmer Castle Blooming Gardens
Friday 18th March:  Marthas & Marys/Barnabas B'fast Trinity Church, Deal
Sunday 17th January: Young Musicians Masterclass with The Cory Band, Dover

Events 2015:
Sunday 20th December:  Carol Service at The Ark Centre, Dover
Saturday 19th December:  Carols at The Just Reproach, Deal
Sunday 20th September: Deal Braderie
Saturday 12th September: Royal British Legion Service, St Andrew's Church, Deal
Sunday 6th September:  Walmer Lifeboat Service

Saturday 18th July:  Eastry Village Fair 

Eastry Fair 2


Saturday 20th June: St Andrew's Church Deal, Summer Fair



There is a video clip of our performance
posted by St Andrew's




Sunday 7th June - Walmer Castle Blooming Gardens Weekend 

The band performed for a second year during another gloriously hot, sunny afternoon, with an appreciative audience of visitors to the Castle and gardens, seated on the grass around the croquet lawn with their picnics.
We also gave the opportunity for our Junior Band to play their first public performance.
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Videos from the event (YouTube - opens in new window):
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Events 2014:
Mon 15th December: End-of-Term Christmas Party and informal concert
Sun 14th December: Lunchtime Carols at Dover Almshouses
Sun 16th November: "Concert for Fred" - special performance for the Band's Honorary President, Fred Thomson 
Watch the edited video here Concert for Fred (opens in new window)
Sat 15th November: Deal Town Hall, Fundraiser for ACE charity
Sun 21st October: Deal Braderie and Band BBQ
Sat 20th October:  Dover District Council  Chairman's Garden Party, Russell Gardens
Sunday 5th October: Memorial Match for 25th Anniversary of Royal Marines' Band Service bombing - Deal and Betteshanger Rugby Club
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Sunday 28th September - King's Head, Deal
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Saturday 19th July - Eastry Village Fete
Sunday 6th July - opening of Nelson Room  by The Admiral of The Fleet,
Lord Boyce, Royal Cinque Ports Yacht Club
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Saturday 5th July - young members in Concert with the Cory Band, Dover
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Sunday 22nd June - Armed Forces Day, Dover
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Saturday 21st June - Walmer Summer Fayre
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*** Watch the video *** of our signoff tune - Bless This House -
on YouTube    here  



Sunday 8th JuneWalmer Castle Blooming Gardens Weekend 

The band performed during a gloriously hot, sunny afternoon, with an appreciative audience of visitors to the Castle and gardens, seated on the grass around the croquet lawn with their picnics.
*** Watch the video! ***     here  (opens in a new window)

Walmer Castle



Saturday 3rd May, Men of Kent Veterans' Rugby Festival
Deal & Betteshanger Rugby Football Club
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Friday 7th March Roger Marples Beer Festival
Royal Cinque Ports Yacht Club, Dover
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Sunday 22nd December      Age Concern Deal Centre for the Retired
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 DBA played before the Deal Centre'sChristmas Lunch, to an appreciative group of clients, who sang along with the carols.
 Saturday 7th December    St Saviour's Parish Church, The Strand, Walmer 
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Band StSaviours 071213A small group from the  DBA squeezed into the chancel of St Saviour's Parish Church, Walmer, and performed a selection of carols and other seasonal music during the Christmas Coffee Morning from 10.00 to 12.00. We enjoyed the excellent acoustics, and a warm welcome (and a mince pie!) from the parishioners.
Sunday 20th October  Deal and Betteshanger RFC
Kent Under 12s Rugby Festival
image4DBA played a short programme during the Festival. The plan had been to play outdoors under the cover of a marquee, but due to the high winds we had to retreat into the Clubhouse, leaving most of the potential listeners spectating at the rugby pitches! Nonetheless we played to a small but appreciative audience, actually with rather good acoustics, and the Club will welcome us back for another event in better weather conditions!