Many 'old boys', especially those with certain skills acquired when they themselves were boys/officers, decided that they needed to get actively re-involved within various Stedfast Associations, and so it began.....
The band inaugurated on the 1st July 2000 with former members of The Boys' Brigade, in the lower grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, London, to help celebrate the Millennium and was previously known as the 'London Stedfast Association Bugle Band' or LSABB. They continued to practise and parade under this name until 2010.
Photo credit: David Kemp from the 'Former BB Members website'
On 1st January 2010, the band changed the name to its current one, 'Bugles and Drums of the Stedfast Association' or BADOTSA, in recognition that bands members, who all give their time freely, come from all over the United Kingdom and beyond; and they continue to practise and parade, becoming a well-respected marching band.
On the 11th November 2017, the band, sixty plus members strong, made its fourth appearance in the prestigious annual City of London, Lord Mayor's Parade, having previously featured in the same Parade in 2006, 2009 and 2014.
Over the last few years, performances have taken place in Belgium at Ypres and France at the Somme Battlefield (both in 2014), Edinburgh (2016 & 2019), Malta (2018), Guernsey (2015) and parades in Belfast (2017), and Newport, Wales (2019)
The Ypres Tour 2014 (Photo - B. Newman)
In 2019/20 the Band was formed into a Charitable Limited Company. There are currently four Directors, appointed annually. Other officers in the band, are members of the management committee, who help to support the work of BADOTSA.