The main band is looking for piano / xylophone players, players of tuned percussion.
There is a range of brass instruments available for use by band members including some lightweight, coloured trombones that are ideal for children.
Anyone interested in learning to play an instrument, or percussion, please phone 01822 854888 or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are an experienced player who is visiting the Tavistock area please join us at any Wednesday evening rehearsal for a blow!
Non-playing members may like to support our fundraising efforts.
Stannary Brass Band has raised funds to produce a new CD that is now on sale to the public. Named “A Touch of Brass” the CD costs £7 and can be ordered by calling 01822 854888. Postage can be arranged for an additional £3.
Recording took place in January 2012 over the weekend of 21st and 22nd. The band is grateful to HMS Raleigh for the use of their recording studio and technicians.
Funds have been kindly donated by Mr. G. Skedgell, Tavistock Chamber of Commerce, The Original Pasty House, Babcock, Devonport Royal Naval Dockyard Ltd., the Lions Club of Tavistock, Tavistock Round Table, Devon County Council and TaviNet.
The 2016 SBB promotional video can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1kWRGCMyzM
On Sunday 6th April 2003, former member of Stannary Brass Band, Mr. Les Tucker was awarded a Diploma of Honour. The award was presented at the West of England Championships, Riviera Centre, Torquay, “in recognition of an outstanding contribution to the Brass Band movement through the teaching of musicians”. The Diploma was conferred by the Master Wardens and Court of Assistants of the Worshipful Company of Musicians. The presentation was made by Mr. Frank Renton, conductor of Camborne Town Band, who were winners in the Championship Section that afternoon. Les was a valued member of Stannary Brass Band where he taught beginners to play and he is pleased and proud to see his ex-pupils continue to enjoy their music in adulthood.
Simon Stevens, former percussionist with Stannary Brass Band, is now working in California. Simon studied composition at the Royal College of Music in London. He was accepted onto a Scoring for Motion Pictures Program at the University of Southern California. Simon’s music has been recorded by ensembles such as the Hollywood Symphony Orchestra and Hollywood Chorale.
Former soprano cornet player for Stannary Brass Band, David Gray, studied for a degree with the University of Sheffield and the Open University. He now works as a local music teacher, writes and arranges music, and is part of a band called “The Kingstons”.
Former solo cornet player for Stannary Brass Band, Sam Fisher, is now a successful teacher and Head of Music. Sam studied music at Sheffield University and has played with well-known bands such as Brighouse and Rastrick, Grimethorpe Colliery Band and the Carlton Main.
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 5 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.