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The Long Eaton Militaires is a marching band from Nottingham in the UK that is recognised across the world. The Long Eaton Militaires Carnival Band has been entertaining the public since 1971. With their colourful uniforms and modern, upbeat musical arrangements the band has become well known both nationally and internationally. As well as having performed in front of royalty the bands biggest success over recent years has been there participation in the shanghai tourism festival 2013. This was broadcasted on live Chinese television in front of millions of people. The Long Eaton Militaires also has strong connections with the Voll Freud German Band, and as a result the Long Eaton Militaires has become well known in the Essen, Koln and Dusseldorf area's of Germany, performing alongside groups from Holland, Bulgaria, Turkey and France.
The Long Eaton Militaies were founded in 1971. They were formed to take part in the Long Eaton Carnival. The band was based on the pre-war (1939) band "Umptaggers". The Long Eaton Militaires started off with some of the "Umptaggers" instruments kindly donated by Mrs Stone . Over the years the Militaires uniform has changed but it has always stuck to a traditional red, white and blue theme based around the union jack.
Apart from taking part in carnivals and road parades around the UK the militaires have also been involved in modelling work for a marching and dancing troope supplier. They have performed at Spalding Flower Festival for I.T.V. The Militaires have appeared on a number of TV programs including Peak Practice, Brum and Hello Daily.
The Long Eaton Militaires have previously been sponsored by T.S.B and played before the Queen mother at Peterborough.
In 1980 the Long Eaton Militaires twinned with the Voll Freud 1929 from Germany, Essen.
In 2013 the band flew to Shanghai, China to take part in there tourist festival. The Militaires performed along side bands from 24 different countries making very good friends with a band named the Tea Tree Gully Redbacks from Adelaide Australia.