Wincanton Mayor meets Wincanton Silver Band
Susan Shelbourn-Barrow, Mayor of Wincanton, supported Wincanton Silver Band’s “Meet the Band” event, held at Wincanton Memorial Hall on 22nd September. The band play a short programme showcasing various sections of the band which included “Hey Jude”, “Ruby Tuesday” “Bare Necessities”, “Blaydon Races”, “Send in the Clowns” and “I will follow him” from the Film Sister Act. The event also showcased the band’s history and the public were able to meet the band and play some of the instruments.
There is something special about listening to a brass band. A stirring march at the front of a parade, a sombre interlude on Remembrance Day and where would Christmas be, without a brass band playing your favourite Christmas carols? We have been part of the Wincanton community for nearly 130 years but face similar challenges to many brass bands up and down the country, of attracting new players and particularly younger players. With local school music departments being squeezed through lack of funding, we can provide an opportunity for children to learn an instrument and become part of the brass band community. If you or your child are interested in learning a musical instrument, we are aiming to relaunch our training band soon on Monday evenings. Please contact us if you are interested.
Contesting is part of the brass band tradition and we are returning to contesting next year representing the town at the West of England 2020 Regional Championships in Torquay. Contesting is great for improving our musical skills and motivating us to practice even more! We raise most of the funding for contesting through our concerts and local paid jobs, but we are always looking for other sources of funding to support us.
If you are interested in joining the band as a player, rehearsal nights are Monday and Thursday evenings from 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm at the Hopkins Building, Southgate Road, Wincanton.
If you are interested in sponsoring us or would like us to play at a local event, please contact us by email.
You can next see us at Wincanton Carnival on 11th October leading the parade.
You can contact us via email at: email@example.com
(Words by Sandra Pearson, Vice Chair - Wincanton Silver Band)