Rose & Paul in the Original Uniforms

Original Outfits ( Rose & Paul Mellor )

The Blues

Early Light Blues Tabards

I.O.M. 1988 Post Contest Photo Shoot

IOM 1988

Group 1988

Best on Parade Sheffield Lord Mayor 1988

Wirksworth Parade


Chatsworth Park Photo Shoot.........

Chatsworth Park

In 1980 with the old uniforms of the Chesterfield Toppers showing signs of wear and the lack of new ideas forthcoming. It was decided that a new and original attraction was required. So after months of research involving the local College the dream finally became reality in 1981.


The I.O.M. World Championships for Carnival Groups

In less than two months the band not only gained their first victory in the competition field by winning the Midland Counties award and the F G Ward memorial Trophy at Derby, but they managed to break into Europe with a 8 day stay in Seehiem-Jugenheim and Alsbach in Germany. Performing outdoors and in Cabaret in front of a sell out 2000 people.     


The "Musketeers" were first invited, in 1984, to attend and compete in the Isle of Man World Championship for Carnival Groups. This event sponsored by the Isle of Man Tourist Board and supported by the Speaker of the House of Keys, Sir Charles Kerruish who became the events patron.


During the week long activities the competitors in the various different groups, participated in other activities. These included The Douglas Carnival Parade, in which the best band/Troupe received a trophy. Following the completion of the competitions another parade of the promenade preceded the declaration of the results.


Competing in these championships on seven occasions the MUSKETEERS, won on three occasions. Were runners up on three occasions and were placed third, once.


During these seven visits the band also won the Best Band / Troupe on parade twice. Winning the best Illuminated Band and made other appearances around the island at the point of Ayre, Laxey, Castletown and Peel, over the seven appearances the Musketeers amassed over 5,500 pounds in prize money and appearance money.


Following the first success in 1984 the band were personally invited to participate during the Islands celebrations during the staging of the 30th Parliamentary Commonwealth Conference held on the Isle of Man for the first time.


Funded by the Islands Government the Musketeers made a huge impact to the success of this event performing in the Town square as the Musketeers and then proving the Authentic Cavaliers in the story leading up to the bloodless coup at the Castle in 1635.


Throughout the conference Many of the 400 delegates participating from across the world, when completely smitten with the originality and presentation from the bands involvement. This was highlighted by Sir Charles Kerruish in his speech to the members after, when he declared that the Island would forever adopt the Musketeers as Manxmen.


1991 saw the band embark on further overseas travel. This time the band competed in the Spanish resort of Salou. In the midday sun the band were successful in winning the "Sunrider Spanish Classic" and collecting the 750 first prize, together with the trophy for best overall entertainment programme.

Sunrider Spanish Classic 1991

This success was emulated the following year when the band participated in "Callella" another " Costa Dorada" resort and one year later the band appeared in Pineda-de-Mar a little further up the Spanish coast. Back on British soil the Musketeers have performed in several seaside resorts including Skegness, Lowestoft, Cleethorpes and Sutton-on-Sea.


Apart from the serious side of Banding the Musketeers relax and enjoy participating in other types of activities. To date they have successfully won Six C.B.S.L. 5 a Side Football Tournaments, Runners Up at Netball. Numerous successes at Swimming, Tug of War, It's A Knockout, Superstar Challenge and even tried Indoor Cricket.

Start of the Main Douglas Parade I.O.M.CBSL Champions

Pineda Parade, 102°, Thankfully  early evening

Early Years

Famous Chesterfield CarnivalNew Tracksuits from Hepworth's

Presentation of the New MaceDrumz R Uz in the early years

Natuonal Lottery GrantChesterfield Borough Coat Of ArmsNational Lottery Fund

North Derbyshire & North Nottingham Sub Regional Strategic Partnership
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