Ventnor Comic Jazz Band will represent the South of England at the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Pageant

After 110 years of music, Mirth and Mayhem Ventnor Comic Jazz Band, from the Isle of Wight, have been chosen by Queen’s Platinum Jubilee organizers to represent the South of England at the Platinum Jubilee Pageant, which will take place on Sunday June 5, 2022 , in central London.

Over 5,000 people from across the UK and Commonwealth will celebrate the Queen’s reign against the backdrop of Buckingham Palace and the surrounding streets, combining street art, theatre, music, circus, carnival and costume.

The “mop brigade”
The Ventnor Comic Jazz Band first appeared at the 1894 Ventnor Carnival as the ‘mop brigade’. Members of the local Isle of Wight Rifle Volunteers, dressed in bizarre costumes, performed comedy drill demonstrations using mops instead of rifles.

In 1911 a central section of the Mop Brigade formed a comic strip group, which (apart from hiatuses for the two world wars) has appeared in successive Ventnor carnivals to the present day.

A fun-loving group
These days the unique and wildly popular band appear at most Isle of Wight carnivals and other major island events every year.

The fun-loving band members always wear extravagant costumes and play well-known tunes on a variety of instruments (some homemade).

Carried on the tradition of “Music, Joy and Chaos”
Since 1911, successive generations of the same families have ensured the continuity and perpetuated the tradition of Music, Mirth and Mayhem.

It is believed that the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee show will be the first time in its long history that the band has performed off the island.

Kullander: It promises to be a lot of fun, which is totally our style
Mike Kullander, a senior member, said:

“We are honored and delighted to have been chosen for this prestigious event.

“It promises to be a lot of fun, which is totally our style.”

YouTube has a large collection of VCJB videos, and here’s a small sample.

News shared by Bob on behalf of the Ventnor Comic Jazz Band. Ed

Picture: © Ventnor Comedy Jazz Band

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Henry R. Wright