Stannary Brass Band Information

Stannary Brass Band is a registered charity (1091307) that is proud to have had the generous support of Tavistock businesses, a succession of town mayors and councils, the Church and other organisations. It has helped raise thousands of pounds for local charities and every year takes part in the Remembrance and St. George’s Day parades, the town carnival, concerts and fetes. The band has also travelled within the south-west peninsula and abroad to France and Germany.

One of Stannary Brass Band’s main attractions is it’s accessibility to all ages from 6 upwards, whatever their musical ability or experience, with no discrimination over race, gender or social circumstances. The band lends players an instrument free of charge and offers free tuition so everyone should be able to afford to join. This gives a unique opportunity to everyone in our community.

Stannary Brass Band is popular because it is one of the few organisations that offer the whole family an opportunity to be involved in something together. Over the years many families have joined the band and have developed their musical abilities together. Parents who transport their youngsters to band have been invited to have a go themselves and many have found a new interest – a family hobby. This makes the band like a huge family with a diversity of ages and backgrounds. It means that families can spend time together, can learn together, make new friends and enjoy the social side of the group as well as the music. In this economic climate Stannary Brass Band can offer a change in people’s lives that will not cost them money. It encourages family units to enjoy a healthy, interesting activity together which involves meeting and entertaining other people and helping others.

We can give several examples of families whose lives have been changed by the band in a positive way. Some young players have continued their musical education at university, music academy or the forces. Others have become music teachers; several have joined first class bands and performed at prestigious locations. There have been players who have enjoyed the band despite their physical challenges. All have been taught a skill which they can build on and take with them wherever they go in the future.

Stannary Brass Band believes in the importance of education, family values and offering opportunities to all. If you wish to become a band member, attend one of our concerts, help as a volunteer or learn more about us, please telephone 01822 854888.

Steve Gray Chair 01822 854888
Judi Turner Vice-Chair 01822 610881
Child Protection Officer
Caroline Rae Secretary 01822 841330
Alison Webster Asst. Secretary 01822 840449
Michael Turner Treasurer 07712883668
Jenny Gray Asst. Treasurer 01822 854888
Charles Turner Training Band Representative 07833378583
John Northey Librarian 01822 612675
Rachel Corden Floor member 01822 852889 / 07878054947
VACANT Floor member

Peter Jones Musical Director 07789814796
Tony Holder Asst. Conductor 01752 406663

Patron: Angela Rippon

Photograph, courtesy of James Bird and The Tavistock Times Gazette, shows Steve Gray (band public relations), Angela Rippon and Jon Benzie, Vice-Chairman of Stannary Brass Band 2002.
Well-known TV and radio personality, Angela Rippon, became Patron of Stannary Brass Band in 2001 following Edward Woodward, O.B.E., who had been the band’s patron since 1995.

Angela Rippon grew up in the Tavistock area, which is situated on the edge of Dartmoor in Devon. She is pleased to be linked with the town through her patronage of the band.

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