2016

Band of the Island of Jersey

The Band was originally formed in 1876 under the name of La Societe de L’Avenir which later became L’Union Musicale. Sometime after the Second World War the Band was renamed to its present title “The Band of the Island of Jersey”. The Band differs from the tradition of Brass Bands in that they have a Corps of Drums, members of which, over the years have received training by HM Royal Marines, a relationship which has been nurtured by the Band executive for many years. Many young men have left the Island Band during its existence to serve in Her Majesties Forces as musicians and have returned to the Band to play a key role in its development.

Jersey Rockettes please use photo from 2015

 The Jersey Rockettes Cheerleading Squad was set up seven years ago and we now have three squad groups!
You may have seen the Jersey Rockettes perform before  in the Battle of Flowers or the Spring Spectacular and even at the Million Pound Lottery! We offer many performance opportunities for the cheerleaders as well as performances in our annual shows. Cheerleading classes are available from age 5 – 18. Our cheerleaders performing at this year’s Battle of Flowers are aged between 6 – 17. The Jersey Rockettes are a registered squad with the British Cheerleading Association and we are associated with the National Council for Spirit Safety and Education. For further information on the squad and classes , please call coach the Jersey Rockettes Emma on 07797 84 28 21 or check us out on www.emmajanedance.co.uk

MOZ DRUMS you have photo

Moz Drums will be appearing in the Moonlight Parade this year for the first time, they are a small Drumming group from France and are very excited to be taking part.

Dolphin Marching Band

The band is now in its 20th year and formed in 1996 by the present bandmaster Mr.Chris Godber. And this year is planning its 20th anniversary party/reunion of members past and present. In the bands life it has enjoyed taking part in many carnivals fetes and fayres all over the country, the band also have performed on many occasions such as Remembrance parades, the Weymouth Festival of Remembrance, in the BIC and the Light house for civic receptions also Disney world Florida 5 times, and visited Jersey, performing in the famous Battle of Flowers carnival on many occasions. The band has always prided itself in raising its own funds and supporting itself, the members do work hard, but in return they pay nothing, all cost in the way of subs, uniform, instruments, etc are met. The band is returning to Jersey this year as their summer camp also by popular request by the jersey people and the battle of flowers committee. The average age of the band this year is 13 years 0f age, 99% of member join us with no musical experience and no idea of marching etc. there for in a short period of time we teach them to play an instrument and become a very Important team playing member and develop their personal skills which they then pass on to new members joining. Anyone wishing any further information please look at our web site www.dolphinmarchingband.org.uk .

Stormtroopers 

The Star Wars Jersey Garrison are proud to be deployed again this year. We raise money all year for local children’s charities by attending events. During the night parade we will be looking out for lightsabres as we have exclusive giveaways for real Star Wars fans! Let’s have a blast!

STREET HEAT SAMBA – LIVE, LARGE AND LOUD

Nothing beats Street Heat for impact and excitement. When this 30-strong percussive band appears and the big beats kick in, they bring with them all the colour, sound and spectacle of Brazilian carnival. Based on a traditional rhythm section known as a ‘bateria’, Street Heat is a community group from Exeter and one of the oldest samba bands in the South West. For over twenty years, they have delighted audiences in carnivals, parades and festivals throughout Britain and Europe including Notting Hill, Nice, Berlin, Beautiful Days and Glastonbury. They blend their own original pieces with traditional Brazilian samba carrying numerous interweaving breaks and patterns. Be aware; the band takes no hostages and you will be obliged to cast aside your stiff upper lips.

 The chesterfield Musketeers

Award winning Showband Champions and one of the most travelled bands in the UK. They have 62 years of experience performing in Spain, Germany and France. Following the success of their performance at Disneyland Paris last year they have been invited to perform at Walt Disney World in Florida 2016.

FireFX

New to the 2016 Battle of Flowers Moonlight Parade is Jersey’s Fire/LED performing company, FireFX, showcasing their modern twist on the Maoris Warriors ritual originated in New Zealand many years ago. Become hypnotised with mesmerising illumination combinations Andrew Fleming, Bethany Vibert and Jusin Ozanne perform during this year’s electric carnival!

Run for Cover

Irish/American Folk/Rock Band, now in its 24th year, and this is their 17th appearance at the Battle of Flowers Parades. Run For Cover play regularly at The Dolphin Hotel, Kitty O’Shea’s, The Star, The Farmers Inn and at many Fetes and Charity events all over Jersey all through the year.

Port Bredy Allstars Majorettes

On the 3rd October 2013 Port Bredy Allstar Majorettes was formed. Port Bredy was the famous author Thomas Hardy’s name for Bridport. Port Bredy Allstars Majorettes have taken part in Carnivals and other events in both Dorset and Devon. In 2015 they won a ‘shield’ for being the Best Majorette Troupe in Blandford Carnival. Back in the 1980’s the Troupe Trainer, Marrianne, took part in the Battle of Flowers with the multi award winning Puddletown Majorettes, so is delighted to be revisiting the parades as Troupe Trainer of the Port Bredy Allstars Majorettes.  The Troupe are very excited about being part of the parades and are looking forward to the experience. For Marrianne and her dad Alan, it will be a nostalgic return over 30 years later to be involved with The Battle Of Flowers once more.

The Band of the Honourable Artillery Company 

The Honourable Artillery Company is the oldest regiment in the British Army and probably the oldest military unit in the world with unbroken service which still bear arms operationally. The band today plays for a whole range of ceremonial occasions and has made recent appearances at the Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon, RBS Six Nations tournement, 2016 Rugby World Cup, the Queens cup Polo final at Windsor. The band has a wealth of talent and is equally at home in marching band guise, symphonic concert band and orchestral as well as providing smaller ensembles. The band has recently travelled to America, Germany, Denmark and France. The Honourable Artillery Company Band is a Reserve Army Band providing state and ceremonial musical support for ceremonial Gun Salutes at the Tower of London, Guards of honour for State visitors, St. James’ s Palace guards and Hyde Park gun salutes. In 2012 the band celebrated its 250th anniversary. This is the band’s first visit to Jersey.

THE PARKER SISTERS

Make sure you keep an eye out for these traffic wardens with a difference!! No doubt they will be causing their usual mayhem around the arena and in the stands. With their very own brand of sense of humour, Fanny & Flo are sure to delight, but don’t upset them or you will pay!

TAMASHA WATU

These wonderful African themed stilt walkers are delighted to be performing for the Battle of Flowers again this year. The name is Swahili for “Festival People” so is very apt for the parades! Bringing a blaze of colours and their expertise on poweriser stilts, Tamasha Watu are guaranteed to be crowd pleasers!

Battle Bee

As always, the official mascot of the Battle of Flowers. The battle bee will be buzzing it’s way around the arena throughout both the Grand Day Parade and Moonlight Parade. Don’t forget to wave!