2 Debuts for DBF Imminent – an exciting week to come!

The DBF has an exciting few days in store with both our major new projects: “Bader’s Bus Company” and “Bader’s Big Band” having debut performances within 2 days of each other.

“Bader’s Bus Company Still Running” will perform at Aerobility HQ, Blackbushe Airport on the 5th September. This is the anniversary of the death of Sir Douglas Bader in 1982 and the performance will be in memory of his life. We feel there could be no more fitting way of honouring this than with a flying display by the UK’s first flying team comprised entirely of pilots with disabilities. It is an initiative of which we are immensely proud and one which will continue to grow and develop over the following years. 

“Bader’s Big Band” , the UK’s first performing Big Band comprised almost* entirely of musicians with a disability, have their first performance at 7.oopm on Friday 7th September at The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, where OHMI will be holding their 2018 Conference & Awards. This will be an exciting and varied musical evening with virtuoso French Horn player, Felix Kleiser, and the brilliant Petry Sister also playing Mozart and Vivaldi respectively. 


We are delighted to be able to bring these two ambitious projects to the public after so much preparation, training, practicing and general hard work by all concerned. We wish them all successful performances and will report back following both events. Please wish them all well with us.

The DBF is very proud of our participating pilots and musicians and extremely grateful to them for their involvement. Neither project would be possible without them.

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Owing to security, “Bader’s Bus Company” debut performance will be strictly by invitation only but as the project develops we hope to open displays to all and you will, of course, be the first to know!

Tickets are still available to hear “Bader’s Big Band” and contact details can be bought for £18 full price and £9 concessions.Please contact You can buy them for the whole first day of the conference or just for the evening concert. You won’t be disappointed!


We feel sure that Sir Douglas would be very proud of both these exciting and ground-breaking initiatives; both such fitting ways to remember this inspirational man who encouraged so many amputees and people with disabilities.

*We are still auditioning for band members and while the goal is for all band members to have some form of disability, it may temporarily be necessary to include one or two non-disabled musicians to cover gaps in an instrument section.