Friends of DVYM

Hi all,

We’re launching a new scheme for September ’17 to both drum up some more support for the band and also reward our faithful donors. Friends of DVYM will be non-playing members of the organisation and will receive a termly newsletter and yearly chairperson’s report. They will also have reserved seats at all our concerts and (resources willing) we may even be able to throw the odd party in their honour!

Click here to find out more about becoming a Friend!

Many thanks!

We Need You(r Rubbish)!

For reasons and purposes mysterious, we need a large amount of scrap for our forthcoming DVYM social night. Please, please, please drop any of the below into band this weekend, or to the Drake household. I’m literally begging!

Look at it like this: I’m volunteering to take your rubbish up the tip for you when we’ve finished with it. How can you say no?

We may need any of the following, or anything else you think is interesting as long as it is clean and has no sharp edges! Think Blue Peter….

– Tubs (ice cream, butter etc)

– Tubes (from wrapping paper and kitchen roll- not bog-roll thank you very much)

– Large elastic bands

– Old brooms

– Pasta

– Tape of any sort.

– Sheets of plastic.

– Buckets

– Old baking trays

– Felt

– Plastic piping

– Wooden boxes or pallets

– Ridged plastic bottles.

– Large, two litre plastic bottles

– Some glass bottles

– Chopsticks

And if you’re curious to find out what we’ll do with all this then you should come along! All I can say is that is going to be a proper laugh. Don’t miss out! Tickets from Sandra.


Hi everyone,

Here’s a cheeky flashback all the way back to 2016 (3 whole weeks ago) when some of the band went carolling in Sevenoaks town centre. Not only did they play some great music, but they also raised nearly £120 for Crisis!

Here are some great pictures of the performers in action. Points if you can spot the fantastic photoshopping by Mike Robinson 😉

The Organ (IotW)

The organ is often called the King of Instruments, and in America everything has to be bigger!  So the largest organ ever built is in America at the Boardwalk Hall Auditorium Organ in Atlantic City, New Jersey. 
The organ has four entries in the Guinness World Records including “Largest pipe organ ever constructed”, “Largest musical instrument ever constructed” and “Loudest musical instrument ever constructed”. It is one of only two organs in the world to have a 64-foot rank (ie a set of pipes with the longest being 64ft or 20m long), and the only organ to have stops voiced on 100 inches of wind pressure (about 3.6 psi) needed due to the shear size of the hall. Its console features seven manuals (keyboards) and 1,235 stops.  Compare this to the organ at Lullingstone which has a short keyboard and only 5 stops!
Although the instrument has not been fully functional since the 1944 Great Atlantic Hurricane, it is currently under restoration and was played in September 2013 at its first public performance in 40 years.  About half the organ has been restored, but it is expected to take a futher 10 years to complete the restoration.
The photo below shows the console.  Google will give you further pictures of the hall and organ. 
The console of the Boardwalk Hall Auditorium Organ in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The largest pipe organ in the world.
Article by Alan Saunders. Thanks Alan!
If you know of a an awesome instrument you could write a few words about, or even just send us a link to a video of it being played, drop me a line at

Music on the Vine ’16

Well done to all who played at the Vine bandstand last week: we made a great sound and by the end there was quite an audience! Special thanks go to our expert box-rattlers who managed to con- *ahem* I mean convince the spectators to dig deep to help with the band funds.

There are some photos of the event which I have now uploaded to the gallery.

I leave you with this personal favourite, which I call “Majestic crane takes flight.”


(IotW) The Nyckelharpa

The Nyckelharpa really cool sounding folk instrument from Sweden:

As the marvelous Griselda explains, it is one of the only keyed bowed instruments in the world. Its extra strings give it a cool natural reverb effect.

You might think “Wow, I’ve never heard of that!” but its an instrument that’s gaining popularity due to its unique sound- we even have two nyckelharpa players in Eynsford!



Instrument of the Week

From today, all our members are invited to write a post for our website about an instrument of their choice. It can be a popular instrument (e.g. trumpet, guitar) or something a bit weirder (e.g. the humble nose-flute), but it must be interesting! You don’t have to write loads about it, but please include some facts, pictures and videos.

Please submit your posts to me at and each week, I’ll pick one and publish it!

Happy writings!



Christmas Concert

Dear all,

Well done for a fantastic concert! We’ve had so many lovely comments from people who came to watch and its clear they were impressed.

I’ve put some photos up on the gallery for you (email me for the password) and here’s a little snippet of the climatic moment from ‘Into the Storm’ as played by Concert Band.

A very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all,



Massive apologies, wordpress deceived me and I thought I had just posted that on my own personal blog!

If you still want to have a read then feel free by clicking here, and if not then sorry to have bothered you on such a fine sunny day.

That was just yet another example of me embarrassing myself, I’m afraid.

Please continue having a nice holiday,



Here’s to another 10 years!

Many thanks to everyone who organised, played at and/or attended our 10 year celebrations last Sunday. A great time was had by all and it was fantastic to see (and play alongside) so many old faces!

I have put a selection of pictures and videos from the event on the Gallery and Video Gallery pages respectively. Apologies for all the crackling on the recordings- it was a windy day!

Many thanks to Cllr Roger Gough for the Kent County Council Member Grant which allowed us to hire that great stage for the day!



A good time at the Vine!

I have just uploaded some videos and photos from last sunday when played on the Vine Bandstand in Sevenoaks.

Massive well done to everyone who took part, the sound was amazing and lots of passers-by stopped to listen. We raised £123 in donations- how about that!

I also put together a small video of edited non-musical highlights. Enjoy!

We now look forward to the weekend with our 10 Year Celebrations at Eynsford Cricket Ground. See you all there!



Phoenix and Improv at the Anthony Roper Summer Fayre ’15- Known for the most ironic performance of ‘Mr Blue Sky’ the world has ever heard.

A massive well done to Phoenix and Improv who played at the Anthony Roper Summer Fayre today! Even though the sun didn’t put in an appearance, there was still a great turn-out and both bands played fantastically.

Many thanks to guest drummers Tom and Wayne and guest conductor Izzy, who was giving Jezz some tips.

Here’s a video for you, there are also some new photos in the gallery. Enjoy!

Spring has Sprung…

Dear all,

Its been only a few weeks now since our fantastic Easter Concert and we’ve already got the photos and recordings back! Rejoice! I have posted all the recordings in the video gallery for you to have a good listen too and there is also a modest selection of concert photos in the regular gallery as well. (I have also included some photos from other recent gigs including TWAF and the Ukulele Night at the Zed Music Cafe).

This year’s Easter Concert was great fun, but sadly it was also the last for some of our older players who will be off to various universities this September. They will be missed! Good luck!

Our glorious leader also decided that some of the old hands deserved a mention and promptly dished out some medals for long service (“I am 10!” birthday badges). I think I might actually frame mine!

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Many thanks to all the wonderful people who helped make it such a great day: Brian Hazelden for making the audio recording and Jivan de Silva for being his able-bodied assistant, Mark Ivaldi for taking all the excellent photos, Elizabeth Billingham for giving up her weekend to play Oboe and Cor with Concert Band and Daryl Oliver for doing the same with assorted saxes, Russell Joyce and his wife Adriana for writing and printing the programmes, the committee members and parents who helped with all the lifting and shifting the enormous amount of baking for the interval, the conductors and Madame Chairperson who ran the show and finally and most importantly the players who worked hard all term to make the wonderful music you all heard! Thank you!

But don’t think for a second that that’s all for this year- go to our events page to check out some of the gigs we have coming up in the summer term 🙂

A Blast from the Past

Hi all,

I’ve just updated various website pages with some as yet unseen recordings of of Phoenix and Improv at Bluewater last Christmas, but I thought I’d post a full list as well for your perusal! Enjoy!
Please note that none of these videos are on YouTube- they are exclusive to our website!

DVYM Turns 10 This Year!

Dear all,

You may or may not know that it will be 10 years this year since some fabulous people had a simultaneous brainwave and decided to set up DVYM. To celebrate this momentous occasion, we’re throwing a bit of a party in the summer:

DVYM 10-year Celebration: Sunday 5th July, from 6pm @ Eynsford Cricket Club

True to DVYM style, the whole thing will one massive outdoor gig to celebrate all the talent we’ve had through the years. All our current bands will play and there will be an opportunity for a massive group jam later in the evening- SO BRING YOUR INSTRUMENTS! The ECC will be selling food (read BBQ!) and drink to keep us going.

Everyone who has ever played in any of our bands is most definitely invited, along with families and all the helpers and friends of DVYM. Let’s make it an evening that they are still talking about in another 10 years!

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New Grade 5 Theory Classes for 2015!

Dear subscribers,

We can now offer group sessions for Grade 5 Theory on term-time Tuesdays after school at Anthony Roper School between 4.30 and 5.15pm. This is open to any member of DVYM and their families. The cost would be shared proportionally according to the number booked to participate (not per session).

3 sharing @ £60 for 10 sessions;  4 sharing @ £50;  5 sharing @ £40;  6 sharing @ £30, etc .

Payments for 10 sessions will be due at the start, once the number is known.

Grade 5 is a recognised achievement and necessary for Grade 6 practical exams with the Associated Board (but not Trinity or Guildhall/London). It is also the target level for GCSE Music upper grade bands.

We can offer the 10 sessions from Tuesday 24th February to March 31st and April 21st to 19thMay, excluding May 5th.  If there are to be candidates entered, the following 3 weeks after half-term in June would be available at extra cost. The entry deadline for the summer exam is Friday the 8th of May for Saturday, June 20th at 10am at any UK centre.

The lessons will be with Duncan Dwinell.

Please contact us if you are interested!