Who are we?
Knights are a Performing Arts, Colour Guard and Cheerleading
organisation based in Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, England
and perform precision marching and dance displays to music using
flags, imitation rifles/sabres, pom poms and other similar items.
Since 1998 we have concentrated just on colour guard and performing arts but prior to this we have a marching band/Drum Corps history dating back to 1909 when the 2nd Brighton Scouts started a band. In 1983 the band left the Scouts and the Imperial Knights Drum & Bugle Corps was formed and in 1988, following a merger with The Southwinds (another local youth band), the name changed to Southern Knights.
Southern Knights are now one of the largest and most successful
colour guards in the UK with approximately 60 members and
have won 22 national titles across 4 of the competitive Winter
Guard United Kingdom classes. Plus SK Stars are our
Additional Needs group and more details about them can be
found - here
We cater for young
people from school starting age and full instruction is provided
therefore no previous experience is required to become a 'Knight'.
We charge a monthly subscription and full details will be given
prior to joining.
During the summer
months we perform at local events (i.e. fetes and carnivals) as
well as stage performances whilst during the winter the colour
guards compete in their own competitive circuit (Winter Guard -
see WGUK website) at
venues all over the country. We have provided displays at sporting
and corporate events and also provided performers for music videos and other
for more details.
currently 4 sections:-
- RUGRATS - school starting age
to maximum age of 11 years old
- JUNIORS - 8 years old (or
younger with some experience) to 14 years
- A GUARD - 10 years old (or younger
with some experience) to 15/16 years
- SENIORS - All ages but
normally starting age of minimum of 13 years
The age ranges
above are reasonably flexible depending on experience
In addition we
also have our Additional Needs groups and more details can be
found about SK Stars - here
Knights rehearse at:
BLATCHINGTON MILL SCHOOL & SIXTH FORM COLLEGE, NEVILL AVENUE,
HOVE, EAST SUSSEX. BN3 7BW
here for Google Map and directions
and you will be redirected to the school website
(The entrance to the school is situated
between 75 and 77 Nevill Avenue and if using a SatNav the best postcode to use
is BN3 7NB)
WHAT THREE WORDS Location
Access to school - ///mini.roofs.mime
Where we are on site - ///strike.fans.open
schedule is fairly relaxed and normally is:
RUGRATS/JUNIORS: Tuesdays 6pm - 7.30pm
A/OPEN: Tuesdays 7.30pm - 9pm
Additional one off rehearsals may be organised dependant on availability.
Our normal winter rehearsal schedule is:
6.00pm - 7.30pm with occasional weekends
JUNIORS: Tuesdays 6.00pm - 8.00pm with occasional weekends
A GUARD: Tuesdays 7.30pm - 9.30pm ~ Sundays 9am - 3pm
SENIORS: Tuesday 7.30pm - 9.30pm ~ Sundays 11am - 5pm
Additional rehearsals are organised dependant on contest dates and
In previous years
we have also had a very successful Youth Marching Band / Drum
Corps but from 1998 this ceased to be.
For information the sections involved, were:
- BRASS - forward facing G
pitched valved trumpet style instruments.
- MARCHING PERCUSSION -
snare/bass/multi-tenor drums, cymbals.
- STATIC PERCUSSION - orchestral
- PLUS OF COURSE - COLOUR