Chichester Big Band

July, 2022

Coming to Tangmere Military Aviation Museum on Sunday 10 July is the Chichester Big Band. Visitors to the Museum will see the band showcasing its talents at a joint concert for both the Platinum Jubilee and the Museum’s 40th Anniversary

The group of talented musicians were brought together by Beverly Cerexhe-Dickens. Beverley had been playing in a Concert Band and was looking for something different. With no Big Band in the city, she set out to build one. Beverley said “My mother always said, if you can’t find one, make one. So that is what I did.”

The band has some 16 members and have been busy right through the Platinum commemorations. Steve, who is Beverley’s partner, and began on the Tenor Sax, is now its musical director and band leader.

The Museum has been promised a selection of Glenn Miller, Sammy Nestico, Count Basie and Duke Ellington and it should help the day go with a real swing! The Big Band will be out on the lawn, weather permitting

Talks by Tangmere

The Museum is able to offer speakers to interested groups or societies on a range of subjects connected with the history of operations at RAF Tangmere and other military aviation subjects.

Further details of the full range of presentations and the availability of speakers can be obtained by calling the museum on 01243 790090, by emailing your interest to or by letter marked for the attention of the Chairman.

Museum Development

The Museum car park has been enlarged and re-laid and audio guides provided with the assistance of LEADER – the European Agricultural Fund for Redevelopment.