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The Story Of Ambassadors Show Band

All in Unison

The Ambassadors Showband Derby is a marching band formed in September 1979, when the 11 founding members held a meeting at the house of Keith Holbrook in Borrowash. By the end of the meeting, the structure of the new organisation, as well as a constitution, which was drawn up by Stuart Henson had been agreed, and the Borrowash Band Fund was opened at the Midland Bank. The opening balance of £11 was the donation of £1 from each of the Founder Members. To these people we are eternally grateful.

At a committee meeting in January 1981, the name of the band was added to the constitution. The band could have been called The Skyliners but after much debate the name, Ambassadors of Borrowash was chosen.


The band has amazing opportunities to travel around the UK to perform and entertain the public at various Galas, Fêtes, Carnivals and Road Parades. Thanks to the hard work of the organisers who organise these events and invite us to come and entertain the public.

About: About the Band

Having performed at events such as Spalding Tulip Parade and the Lions Club International World Jamboree at Birmingham, the biggest parade in Europe with over 10,000 people in procession, we know exactly how to entertain the public watching a procession.

An arena show of between fifteen and twenty minutes is performed on a 65 x 45 yard arena. Each year a new show, which is choreographed to music, is guaranteed to entertain the public. The colourful uniforms complement the intricate marching movements and music. Competent musicians perform a wide and varied selection of music on brass, woodwind and percussion instruments that ensures the arena show is a truly spectacular event. 

We pride ourselves in the work we do in and around the Spondon, Borrowash, Elvaston and surrounding areas of Derby by offering people of all ages the opportunity of an educational, as well as enjoyable interest.

Each member is taught to march to an exceptionally high standard. As well as learning to play a brass, woodwind or percussion instrument. Come and be part of this fantastic band, who enjoy travelling around the country to entertain the public. Be part of a friendly group of people working and socialising together. Make new friends, learn new skills and have lots of fun.

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