Stamford Brass gets to blow its own trumpet
A brass band based in Stamford has enjoyed an “unprecedented” year of competition winning three major titles in its section.
Stamford Brass secretary Robert Prew said the band had never before achieved this level of success in its long and illustrious history.
“What we’ve done this year has been a huge accomplishment for us at our level,” he said. “To win three major titles in a year is unprecedented. We’re all thrilled with what we have done.”
Competing in the Fourth Section, the year got off to a good start for the 28 member band when it won the Butlins Championship on January 13.
This was followed by victory in the Midlands Regional Championship on March 10.
The band then topped off an already fine year by winning its section at the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain held on September 15 at Cheltenham.
Robert said that as a result of their fine performances, Stamford Brass had received a promotion to the Third Section from January next year.
He said the band, which was formerly known as the Stamford Town Band, was well over 100 years old and even had Malcolm Sargent as conductor for a period of time.
“That it has been in existence all this time is just fantastic,” he said.
“We currently have 28 members ranging in age from 16 right up to 80 years old.”
Robert said that while the band practised at a facility in Stamford, only three members actually lived in the town.
“The rest of us stay in about a 30 mile radius,” he said.
The band is completely self funded and members cover their own costs including travel, accommodation and food when taking part in competitions away from the area.
“We are looking for a sponsor to help with these costs so any companies wanting to sponsor a national championship winning band are welcome to get in contact with us,” he said, adding that the band practises twice a week anyone wanting to join in and “have a blow” was also welcome to do so.
- Interested parties can contact Robert on 01775 762 006.