The junior band was formed in 2002 after Simon went around local schools demonstrating various instruments and invited children and parents to a meeting in the bandroom. Expecting no more than a dozen to turn up we were overwhelmed when more than 60 of them filled the bandroom.
Edgar to the rescue! Instruments were found (some more battered than others!) and The Honking Hedges formed. They have flourished and grown into the Hade Edge Youth Band and another training band – the Tree Honkers- was formed in 2005 to accommodate more youngsters wanting to learn to play.
A junior jazz group and a community choir were set up in 2006, meaning a total of 150 children and 40 adults taking part in all forms of music. A really remarkable achievement for a small village band.