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"We trained hard, but it seemed that every time we were beginning to form up into teams we would be reorganised. I was to learn later in life that we tend to meet any new situation by reorganising: and a wonderful method it can be for creating the illusion of progress, while producing confusion, inefficiency and demoralisation."
Caius Petronius, Roman Consul, 66 A.D.
The Bugles & Drums of the Stedfast Association (BADOTSA) were re-organised on 7th December 2014.

It was resolved that the role of functionaries should not be tantamount to a life sentence; after all we were all there to enjoy ourselves when all was said and done. It was proposed that all posts should be limited to 1 year and then renewed at the next annual meeting (AGM) following appointment.

Since that meeting, some of those appointed post holders have changed, following retirements and re-filled. Subject to ratification at the next band meeting the postholders currently are as follows:

Band President - Rob Bolton
Event Commanding Officer – TBD as and when required

Adjutant – Paul Hern
Assistant Adjutant (Admin) – Phil Stallard
Assistant Adjutant (Tech) – Brent Greenwood
Assistant Adjutant (QM) – Phil Macefield (

Band Master – Alex Easterby
Assistant Band Master (East) – Joe Ash
Assistant Band Master (West) – TBD
Assistant Band Master (North) – Kevin Stock
Assistant Band Master (South) – TBD

Musical Director (Bugles) – Paul Hotton
Assistant/MD (First Bugles) - Paul Hotton
Instructor (First Bugles) – TBD
Assistant /MD (Second Bugles) - Brian White
(Second Bugles) – Luke Walters

Assistant/MD (Drums) – Chris Noble
Instructor I – TBD

Musical Director (Bells) – Hazel Wallis
Assistant/MD (Bells) – TBD

Potted biographies

Rob Bolton

Well known in 'BB' circles, founder of BB National Band Championships (1976) and known for his band work over many years both within the BB/GB and with external bands too.
Past member of 57th Birmingham BB Company; now current member of London Stedfast Association and Bugler with the band

Paul Hern

Well known in 'BB' circles, Paul was formerly Captain of 1st Malvern Company BB & then Captain 7th Malvern Company GB. Now secretary to both and their DofE & Band Coordinator and currently a London Stedfast Association member.
He has a military background with 21 years’ service in the RAF. At the behest of the late John Bates, he became Secretary to the band in 2010, he now fulfils the role of Adjutant and training coordinator and general factotum.

Alex Easterby

From Malvern in Worcestershire, a Warrant Officer with 1st Malvern - Alex has been with the band since September 2010 and was Awarded the Best DM at the Nationals for 2 years running. Alex is a drummer as well. His first appearance with BADOTSA was as Drum Major at our appearances in Aylesbury & Edinburgh.

He was assistant Bandmaster for the NW Tour undertaken by Sawston group in 2014 & 2017. and Band Master for Edinburgh 2016, Belfast & the LMS London in 2017

Chris Noble

Chris is currently a Lieutenant with 1st Malvern Company BB where he looks after the drum section for them, along with the 7th Malvern Coy GB.
A talented lad he reads the dots well and achieved Drumming Grade 5 with the National Exam Board.
The Company band has done well at the Nationals with Chris as their lead drummer/band master. He is now in charge of the drumming section for BADOTSA.

Paul Hotton

Paul grew up in the 4th Ealing Company and first played in a BB band competition in 1962 as the Bass Drummer;
He then changed role to Drum Major and then to a Bugler. During this time learnt to read music from playing the piano and the violin. When he then became band master, he taught himself to play the snare drum. Their company band, did well in battalion and youth band competitions concentrating on musical accuracy.
For a number of years, he was Battalion Band Convenor; their band grew to 85 players. In the late 1990’s he started a GB band in Uxbridge and subsequently assisted the 1st Hillingdon band in competitions. He has adjudicated many band competitions including the London District competitions and currently serves as Captain to the 2nd Uxbridge BB.
With this experience he took on the role of lead bugle instructor to the London Band for a number of years and is now a Leading instructor for the BADOTSA.

Brian White

Brian learnt to play bugle in the 1st Worthing BB Company Band. He then became an Officer and their bandmaster.
He undertook the same role with the 4th and 5th Worthing Company’s. He went on to form a combined BB & GB band for The West Sussex District on the occasion of their Jubilee Display in 1976. He re-discovered Bugling when the Brighton Stedfast Band commenced in 2000.
Brian is now a Bugle Instructor with BADOTSA majoring on second bugle parts.

Luke Walters

Luke is currently a Warrant Officer with 1st Malvern BB Company, on their reserve list and is a talented Cornet & Bugle player. Capable of sight-reading well he is now an instructor with BADOTSA.
He joined the Brigade as an Anchor Boy and over a career spanning 13 years rose to S/Sgt before taking on an Officership with the Company.

Hazel Wallis

Hazel is an officer in the 1st Harlington company (BB and GA).
She first picked up a bell lyre to give the bugle section in the local band a rest as they marched up the hill in the village.
She joined the BADOTSA band in 2006 and is a Civil Servant when not engaged on Brigade matters.

Phillip Stallard

Joining us on the 2014 Tour, 2014 LMS he serves as Secretary to the Stedfast Federation Management Committee. Phil is the Drum Major for the Newport City Stedfast Band and has joined us in that role.
In addition, as an administrator, he is one of our Assistant Adjutants (Admin) with responsibilities for maintaining the bands record of personnel etc. Contact him if you want to know an address etc.

Brent Greenwood

A long-distance BB Officer Brent has a wealth of experience and a personal network folk would die for.
Printing & photography are his forte and if he can sort it out then he will. As such he is an invaluable Assistant Adjutant (Technical) for the band. Well known for ensuring strength in depth his tales of Croissants and Bollard covers are worth listening to.

Retired personalities

We are grateful for the contribution to the band, from those recent post holders who have now retired and whom we continue to see from time to time:

Alan Hamer

Alan is well known in the 'marching band' world both in the 'BB' and outside it. He is past Bandmaster of a number of Championship bands and current London Stedfast Association member.
Alan (who is a drummer to trade) was band master for BADOTSA for 14 years until he stood down in 2016.

Bert Lowe

What Bert doesn’t know about Bugling & Band work isn’t worth knowing following band work in the 60’s, which involved participation in the Ketch Cup competitions.
Bert (some say he knew Pontius when he was a pilot) has been around for a long time and is still able to play and march (though now in his 83rd year) joining us for the LMS in 2017.
He was MD for Bugles until standing down this November.

Brian Hawkins

Brian first joined The Life Boys in the 25th South Essex the 28th South Essex L/B and Company, now Waltham Forest. He attained the exalted rank of Corporal from whence his nickname is derived.
He learnt to play the Bugle in the 28th and Joined Stedfast Band in 2007 - his heroes are the Royal Marine Buglers. Owing to ill health he had to stand down from active service early in 2017.

David Kemp

David, our former Coordinator and an excellent bugler, stepped down in 2010 after 10 years’ service, on health grounds.
He was instrumental (pun unintended) in helping to form the band back in 2000, then the LSA - David can be contacted via his highly informative and personal site which is both personal & BB orientated.

In memoriam

Graham Batho

30 March 1941 – 2014 - 51st London Company, BADOTSA Leading Drummer

Ron Lewis

24 July 1937 – 17 November 2015 - 1st Hillingdon Company, BADOTSA Drum Instructor
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