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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 as a charitable limited company - BADOTSA Ltd., on the 19th March 2019. BADOTSA Ltd. (Company No. 11892127) is a private company limited by guarantee without share capital and has four directors:

Rob Bolton - President & Chairperson
Roy Meadows - Adjutent
Ian Lowe - Lord Mayors Parade Liaison Officer
Joe Ask - Assistant Bandmaster

Additional roles in finance are carried out by:

Paul Whitmell fca - Accountant
Rachel Clutterbuck - Treasurer

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. All posts should be limited to 1 year and then renewed at the next annual meeting (AGM) following appointment.

Appointed post holders have changed over time, following retirements and other reasons. Subject to ratification at the next band meeting the postholders currently are as follows:

Band President - Rob Bolton

Adjutant - Roy Meadows

Band Master - Alex Easterby
Assistant Band Master - Joe Ash
Event Commanding Officer - TBD as and when required

Musical Director (Bugles) - Paul Hotton
Assistant Musical Director (Second Bugles) - Brian White

Musical Director (Drums) - Chris Noble
Assistant/MD (Drums) - Will Farrant

Musical Director (Bells) - Hazel Wallis
Assistant/MD (Bells) - Jane Jones

Administration Records - Phil Stallard
Administration Technical - Brent Greenwood

Quarter Masters - Chris Noble, Ian Lowe
Approved Uniform Supplier - Phil Macefield (www.themarchingbandshop.co.uk)

Potted biographies

Rob Bolton

BADOSTA Post: Director, President & Chairperson
Contact Info: rob.bolton.t21@btinternet.com
Joined the Boys' Brigade in: 1957
Company/Association: 57th Birmingham & Wolverhampton Battalion
Instrumnt(s) played: Bugle
Year joined BADOTSA: 2008
Most memorable parade: Somme 2014

Roy Meadows

BADOSTA Post: Director & Adjutant
Contact Info: royrmeadows@gmail.com
Joined the Boys' Brigade in: 1954
Company/Association: Newport Stedfast Association
Instrumnt(s) played: Snare drum & bugle
Year joined BADOTSA: 2012
Most memorable parade: Edinburgh Castle

Ian Lowe

BADOSTA Post: Director & Lord Mayors Parade Liaison Officer
Contact Info: info@badotsa.co.uk
Joined the Boys' Brigade in: 1975
Company/Association: 1st Loughborough & Leicestershire Battalion
Instrumnt(s) played: Bugle
Year joined BADOTSA: 2005
Most memorable parade: Tour of Ypres 2014

Joe Ash

BADOSTA Post: Director & Assistant Bandmaster
Contact Info: info@badotsa.co.uk
Joined the Boys' Brigade in: 2002
Company/Association: 2nd Sawston (Sawston Youth Group)
Instrumnt(s) played: Bass drum
Year joined BADOTSA: 2012
Most memorable parade: Flanders tour (2014), just all of it

Alex Easterby

BADOSTA Post: Bandmaster
Contact Info: apje22@aol.com
Joined the Boys' Brigade in: 1997
Company/Association: 1st Malvern
Instrumnt(s) played: Drum major, bass & snare drum
Year joined BADOTSA: 2010
Most memorable parade: Too many to choose from, they are all a celebration &remembrance

Paul Hotton

BADOSTA Post: Musical director - Bugles
Contact Info: Prhotton2@gmail.com
Joined the Boys' Brigade in: 1957
Company/Association: West London Battalion Reserve
Instrumnt(s) played: Bugle, snare drum & composer
Year joined BADOTSA: 2003
Most memorable parade: Lord Mayors Parade 2017

Brian White

BADOSTA Post: Assistant musical director - 2nd Bugles
Contact Info: briancwhite28@gmail.com
Joined the Boys' Brigade in: 1955
Company/Association: 1st Worthing
Instrumnt(s) played: Bugle
Year joined BADOTSA: 1995
Most memorable parade: Ypres 2014

Chris Noble

BADOSTA Post: Musical director - Drums
Contact Info: mrcrnoble21@gmail.com
Joined the Boys' Brigade in: 1999
Company/Association: 1st Malvern
Instrumnt(s) played: Snare drum
Year joined BADOTSA: 2011
Most memorable parade: Ypres Tour 2014, in particular the performances at the Menin Gate

Will Farrant

BADOSTA Post: Assistant musical director - Drums
Contact Info: 17will.farrant@gmail.com
Joined the Boys' Brigade in: 2004
Company/Association: 2nd Sawston (SYG)
Instrumnt(s) played: Snare drum
Year joined BADOTSA: 2017
Most memorable parade: Lord Mayors Show 2017

Hazel Wallis

BADOSTA Post: Musical director - Bells
Contact Info: info@badotsa.co.uk
Joined the Boys' Brigade in: 1996
Company/Association: 1st Harlington
Instrumnt(s) played: Bell lyre
Year joined BADOTSA: 2006
Most memorable parade: Liberation Day, Guernsey

Jane Jones

BADOSTA Post: Assistant musical director - Bells
Contact Info: janejoenes22@hotmail.com
Joined the Girls' Brigade in: 1996
Company/Association: 1st, 2nd & 4th Stafford
Instrumnt(s) played: Bugle, bell lyre & drum
Year joined BADOTSA: 2018
Most memorable parade: Stafford Christmas lights switch on

Phillip Stallard

BADOSTA Post: Administration - Records
Contact Info: phillip.stallard1@outlook.com
Joined the Boys' Brigade in: 1965
Company/Association: 8th Newport & Federation of Stedfast Associations, UK & RoI
Instrumnt(s) played: Drum major
Year joined BADOTSA: 2014
Most memorable parade: Two parades at the Menin Gate, Ypres in 2014

Brent Greenwood

BADOSTA Post: Administration - Technical
Contact Info: brentgreenwood@me.com
Joined the Boys' Brigade in: 1960
Company/Association: 2nd Sawston & East Anglia & Cambridge Battalions
Instrumnt(s) played: Snare drum
Year joined BADOTSA: 2001
Most memorable parade: Brigade Council Parade in Cambridge 1964

 

In memoriam - Less we forget

Paul Hearne

5/2/1943 - 21/10/2020 - Played cymbals or tenor drum

Paul Hern

20/9/1945 - 3/2/2020 - Played bugle and was a driving force in BADOTSA

Brian Rutt

20/9/1945 - 5/11/2019 - Outstanding bugler and a most successful band master in his time

Michael Baker

13/4/1955 - 24/6/2018 - Solo drummer and instructor

Mark Myham

2/5/1966 - 9/6/2018 - Solo bugler

Ron Lewis

24/7/1937 - 17/11/2015 - Solo drummer and instructor

Graham Batho

30/2/1941 - 2014 - Solo drummer

Dave Cherry

5/9/1928 - 15/3/2013 - Drum instructor & wrote music for B.B. Handbook

John Bates

9/2/1937 - 9/3/2011 - Played cymbals for BADOTSA & London SA

Derek Ford

17/9/1938 - 17/8/2007 - Played bugle for BADOTSA

Vernon Spratt

9/11/1944 - 6/1/2006 - All round musician with BADOTSA
 
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