Uniform

Nikki & Jade in No.1's & No.2's

On The Right - Jade Models the Old (No.2)

 

Drum Major Mark in No. 1's

The Chesterfield Musketeers possess two traditional Uniforms for an added variety to their outdoor performances. The first is a replica of the one used in the 1994 epic film The Three Musketeers, with Royal Blue Tabards trimmed with the Kings Silver Crosses & Borders.

The second is an authentic representation of the original "Alexandre Dumas" novel with colourful tabards with Royal Gold & Navy Capes with original Ostrich plume feathers in their hats. Both Uniforms are finished off with stylish leather boots. A section of the Band carry model 3/4 length swords for use in the displays. The band also possess a  colourful Cabaret uniform for the indoor and Stage Shows.

Sword Fighting
Eckington Caberet

 The Musicians are all amateurs who are taught within the ranks by our Bandmaster to play a range of instruments which include :

 Trumpets, Euphoniums Alto, Tenor & Baritone Sax's, and of course the Percussion. The Band present marching and dance routines along with simulated Sword Fights to a varied selection of music, written and arranged by :

Thanks to a Lottery Grant in 1997, we have acquired a set of YAMAHA Brass and Woodwind instruments and Premier Percussion, which has not only enhanced the sound but has enabled more members to have access to instruments for training. The range of instruments has been enhanced with a further grant from the Coalfields Regeneration Funding in 2003.

Sax 2004 Fanfare

The Idea

Basically the hard work in the original design was a credit to the Chesterfield College of Art and Design. The original idea was put to the lecturer and was accepted as a Test project for the class of final year students. A full run down of the bands activities in the varying environments of the British climate was taken into consideration. Following the bands managements acceptance of the winning design, which was virtually the design they had in mind. The students then purchased the materials to make up one full costume which included, Trousers, Tabard, Blouse, Cape and Collar. From here the Band committee were asked to find for themselves the accessories to complete the full costume.

Australian Bush Hats were obtained from Dunn the London Hatters and real ostrich feathers were attached together with a gold buckle and red hat band. With trial and error the band manager designed the mock boots, these based on legging style gaiter cut from upholstery vinyl and sewn together. When pulled over black leather zip up casual boots the result is a Knee length boot with turnover. The same vinyl was used to make up a swordbelt the result with a few modifications is there for all to see.

Since 1996, the band have taken to wearing a replica cover of the 1994 film starring Charlie Sheen, Keifer Sutherland and Chris O'Donnell. The design was created by a company called Stagewear Unlimited, who specialise in making copies of costumes etc, for film and theatre. The cross design was created by the Bandmaster and involved nearly two years of involvement before 'suitable materials' could be found with which the embroiderer, Colin White could be satisfied. Finally the finished article was completed in 1996 and immediately became a big attraction with the public and the bandsmen too, being lighter and comfortable to wear.

Since 1981 three types of sword have been used. The first was cumbersome and heavy made up from adapted materials. The second was made up from Spanish souvenirs which were lighter and more acceptable to the users. These became unusable following a break in, to our coach, leaving the band with insufficient to carry out our displays and we were unable to replace them. The one in present use was made by a local part-time engineer on similar lines to the last using Rod steel and Brass plate and appearing to look authentic to the crowds. These are shown to best effect when used by the swordfighters in simulated fights during our intricate displays.

No. 2's

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