On the morning of Tuesday, 04 October 2011, I was back at the Castle once more, this time to see the performance of a Fife and Bugle Band. The weather did not look promising at all: heavy clouds hung low over the city and a soft drizzle was falling, just enough to mist over one’s spectacles – and one’s camera lens. Luckily, the drizzle stopped just as the announcer spoke over the p.a. system:
“Ladies and gentlemen, we welcome you to the performance of the St Joseph Worker Church Lads and Girls Brigade from Bishop Lavis. …
Let’s give them a warm welcome!”
I do not know much about the history of this group, except that the Brigade is a non-profit organisation that was established in 1952. It has grown to become one of the leading organisations to raise awareness on all social issues and to train potential leaders within the community it serves. The Brigade has thus been in existence for about 59 years, and the marching band has proved itself to be one of the most successful mechanisms of instilling positive values in its members.
The large crowd of spectators, comprising local and overseas tourists as well as several school groups, who were touring the Castle, showed their appreciation by applauding and cheering loudly, particularly when the very young drummers and fife players of the Youth Band displayed their musical skills on fifes, drums and bugles.