Ermington Success

After a very successful concert last night at Ermington Church; we would like to thank our guest player, Sue (Sop) from Saltash Band and special recognition goes out to our guest conductor Adrian from Sidmouth Band.

The evening was very well received and we look forward to a possible repeat next year!

First of many?

We have received very positive comments after our first seasonal outing in Totnes for 2017. We thank the members of the public that stopped and listened and to those generous enough to give to the band. 

 

We hope to make more public appearances soon - all weather permitting of course

Successful Concert in Newton Abbot

After a successful concert in the bandstand of Courtney Park, we would like to thank Nick Alderton (our guest Euphonium player) and Ian Huxham, a first section player who happened to be in the audience - That'll show him not to mention being able to play!!

Welcome Duncan...

We are pleased to welcome a new bass player to the band. We hope Duncan enjoys his time with us at Totnes Band. 

Principle Cornet...

After Julian's departure, the principle seat has been taken up by Kate Vestey. She has been playing for 7 years and is 18 years old. She has done a great job, stepping into Julian's shoes so quickly and maintaining the bands standard. Well Done Kate 

We are sad to see you go...

After prolonged commitment to the band, Julian (Principle Cornet) and Val Short (Flugel) have had to leave the band after moving to Cornwall to fullfill work duties in the Salvation Army. We wish them all the best, and of course, welcome them back to play at any time! 

Thank you John!

After many years in the band, John Hales (Horn), has retired from the band. We thank him for many years service and commitment. John was gifted a clock from the band thanking him. He still aids the band with his support and occassional playing and for this we are grateful, Thank you John 

"We Qualified for the finals" (2015)

There was an explosion in Totnes last weekend, that only a few brass hearts heard: Totnes came out feeling like champions from the Regionals. This is a big deal in the brass band world. Once a year there is a big national wide competition amongst brass bands, in a very similar fashion to the FA cup: five divisions, Champion section, First, Second, Third and Fourth.

Fourth section is hard to compete in. Any bands worth their brass and wanting to enter into the ‘league’ have to start at the bottom...so there are more bands competing. This year there were twenty two bands all playing the same test piece, competing for the top three places to go through to the Nationals. Last year, Totnes came...last. We had no percussion section. What’s a football team without a goalie? What’s a brass band without percussion?

So this year, no one dared to dream, but we all dared to practise. Twice a week for months, we played the same piece, going into the finer details, working through the piece with painstaking repetitions. It is hard work at times, but it is always a pleasure to play together. Totnes has a special feel to it, three generations play together. Two of the original founders still play, along with their children, and their cousin’s children, and their grandchildren. It is a melting pot where music brings us all together.

On the morning of the competition we had a rehearsal which, for better or worse, was nearing on the latter. It was a shock. We had to pull our socks up. And so we did. We went onto the stage and played the piece to our best abilities, surrounded in the reverberations of the tam-tam that our youngest player (11 years old) hit for the first time in his life on the stage, changing the dynamics to a triple forte. We showed the brass band world we now had percussion! We came off feeling timidly hopeful, but no one dared say so. But the results did. We came in third! We are in the finals!!!

The finals are held in Cheltenham and also in the Royal Albert Hall in London. Totnes, is gearing up, getting ready to receive the test piece. We’re oiling valves, and strengthening lips. So if you play brass, or percussion, and would like to be part of the next journey, there are places in the band for certain instruments. Give us a call, on 07764 218647, and be part of playing your heart out.

 
 

Rehearsal Times

Monday, Thursday19:30 - 21:30

Training band sessions available on Saturday mornings. Please use ''Training Band' page for details.

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