The Melton Mowbray Toy Soldiers formed in 1936 and are a registered charity and members of the Carnival Bands Association .

They welcome band members from the Melton Mowbray area and are aged from 9 years upwards.

They train all their members how to march, teach them drill with a replica rifle and teach them to play any band instrument of their choice if they so wish. Their instruments consist of Trumpets, Euphoniums, Baritones, Saxophones, Slide trombones, Tenor horns, Bell lyres, Side drums, Tenor drums, Cymbals and Bass drum.

Their uniform consists of Red tunics (Grenadier Guard Style), white trousers with a red stripe (male and female), Bearskin type hats, White Sam Browne belts, White socks and Black shoes.

They offer Daylight Arena Displays, Evening Arena Displays and Processions consisting of figure marching, counter marching and slow marching accompanied by popular tunes. Their Evening Arena Displays and Processions use over 300 coloured bulbs placed strategically on parts of the uniform. In their famous “Dambusters sequence” they also use fireworks!

To find out more visit The Melton Mowbray Toy Soldiers website