Derby Serenaders

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Derby Serenaders
Location Derby, England
Founded 1936
Director D Charlie Simpson
Members 26[1]

The Derby Serenaders International Showband is a Marching band based in Derby, England. They have a Latin American style of music and Spanish Gypsy style of uniform. The serenaders practice at Pride Park Stadium,[2] Derby and Queens Hall, Derby.


They were formed in 1936 to raise money for hospitals before the National Health Service was founded. Fred Ward, grandfather of footballer Peter Ward, was a founding member.[3]

They were founder members of Carnival Band Secretaries League. and won over 250 prizes including a record 20 consecutive First Prizes.


The uniform consists of a black, wide brimmed hat. The Female members also wear a red rose in the hatband on the left side. A white blouse shirt under a red Bolero waistcoat with gold adornements. Black trousers with red flashes in the outside seam from knee to ankle. Red cummerbund with sash and tassel falling from the left side. PLain black shoes.

Notable achievements[edit]

Representing Great Britain in international competitions in Belgium & Twice in Spain(1992, 1994)

Official cultural representatives of England in Lens, France for World Cup 1998.

Many appearances on Local, National and International Television, including special features on The Generation Game[4] (BBC) and Spare Time (BBC).

Opening ceremony of Derby County Football Clubs' Pride Park Stadium in the presence of HM Queen Elizabeth II and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.[5]

All England, Carnival Band Secretaries League, Midland Counties, South East Midlands Counties and Spanish Classic Champions.

Resident Band for Derby County Football Club '97-'98 and '98 - '99 seasons.

Tours of France and Scandinavia.


The Royal Albert Hall

The Grand National, Aintree

The British Grand Prix, Silverstone

The Lord Mayor of Westminster's New Year Parade


  1. ^ Derby Serenaders International Showband
  2. ^ "Hidden Derby", Breedon Books, (c.1995)
  3. ^ Horner, Matthew (2009). He Shot, He Scored: The Official Biography of Peter Ward. ISBN 9780956276902. 
  4. ^ RadioTimes (1982)
  5. ^ "Royal opening of Prode Park Stadium", Derby County Football Club, 1997

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