Marching band forming to celebrate Tea Party anniversary

CHESTERTOWN — T-Day is fast approaching — it’s about a month until the annual Chestertown Tea Party Festival — so the Delmarva United Marching Band, formed just for the occasion, has scheduled a second practice before its inaugural performance on Saturday, May 25.

Practice is 6 p.m. Sunday, April 28 in the Emmanuel Episcopal Church hall, located at the corner of Cross Street and Monument Plaza across from Fountain Park in downtown Chestertown.

Longtime drum major Mark Mumford of Chestertown is organizing the marching band to help celebrate the 250th anniversary of the Chestertown Tea Party.

Turnout for the first practice on March 3 was encouraging.

Mumford said he’s gotten commitments from about 30 musicians, in addition to majorettes and members of the band front who will carry the banner, flags and rifles.

There is always room for more.

If interested, or just curious, email Mumford at or call 410-778-0022.

The band — decked out in specially designed T-shirts sponsored by The Peoples Bank — will perform two familiar standards: “The Washington Post March” and “You’re a Grand Old Flag.”

In addition to observing the 250th anniversary of the Tea Party here — “legend” has it that in May 1774, in protest against British excise taxes, Colonists boarded the brigantine Geddes in broad daylight and threw its cargo of tea into the Chester River — the Delmarva United Marching Band’s performance will be a send-off to Craig and Andy Jackson, longtime members of the local marching band scene who are moving out of state.

Mumford has said this will be a “one-and-done band event, unless you all decide otherwise.”

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2 Responses

  1. Without one step taken, without a single note heard, we look forward to the performance by the DUMB ensemble.
    Break a leg Mr. Mark Mumford.

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