Shanklin Town Brass Band

Rylstone Chalet, Popham Road, Shanklin, PO37 6RG

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11th March 2017 - National Brass Band Championship News

On 11th March 2017 the band competed in the South West Regional Heat of the National Brass Band Championship.

We competed against 20 other bands in the Fourth Section

In 2015 we came 14th, in 2016 we came 16th but this year...

We Came 3rd!!!

Malcolm Lewis with the trophy and banner for coming third.

We have also been invited to compete in the National Finals, which will be held in Cheltenham in September

4 Bars Rest were quite impressed with Malcolm's appearance:


With effect from 2017, the Tuesday night rehearsal for the Senior Band will move to Monday.  The time will remain the same.

30th July 2016 - STBB RECEIVES QAVS

On the 30th July, STBB had its annual awards night, during which Malcolm & Karen Lewis were presented with the Queens Award for Voluntary Service on behalf of the band by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of the Isle of Wight, Major General Martin White CB CBE JP.


2nd June 2016 - STBB Awarded Q.A.V.S.

Shanklin Town Brass Band is proud to announce that it has been awarded The Queens Award for Voluntary Service

The Queen’s Awards for Voluntary Service 2016
Press Release

Shanklin Town Brass Band, in Shanklin, Isle of Wight recognised with
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service for 2016

A voluntary group from Shanklin who works in the community to promote Brass Band Music amongst young musicians, has been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK. 

In addition to providing low cost music tuition to budding musicians at its Saturday morning Brass Academy, the Band which itself became a charity in 2011, also supports many other Island charities, and organisations in their fund raising efforts. The Band’s current home is the Grade II listed Rylstone Chalet which is currently being restored to its former glory by a team of dedicated volunteers. The Band is proud to promote both Shanklin, and the Island whenever it competes in Brass Band Contests on the Mainland

Malcolm, Karen and Charlotte Lewis from Shanklin Town Brass Band attended a garden party at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday 24th May 2016 where they met the Queen and other winners of this year’s award.

Shanklin Town Brass Band is one of 193 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year. The number of awards given to groups this year is slightly higher than last year, showing that the voluntary sector is thriving and full of innovative ideas to tackle community challenges.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work in their communities. The awards were created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and winners are announced each year on 2 June – the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation.  

Award winners this year range from a War Memorial Community Trust, providing social facilities for the benefit of the community in Clwyd, Wales, to a club enhancing the community by developing individuals through athletics, in Ayrshire and Arran, Scotland.

Shanklin Town Brass Band will receive the award from the Lord Lieutenant of the Isle of Wight later this summer.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service Committee Chair, former broadcast journalist Sir Martyn Lewis said:

“I warmly congratulate all of the inspirational voluntary groups who have been rewarded for their community work with a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. The judging panel for this year’s awards were struck by the quality and breadth of all the successful groups.

The thousands of volunteers who give up spare time to help others in their community and to help solve problems demonstrate the very best of democracy in action.”

Minister for Civil Society, Rob Wilson, said:

“I would like to congratulate all groups who received this year’s Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, in recognition of their fantastic achievements. The huge amount of work and commitment these organisations put into their local communities is surpassed only by the passion and motivation of the individuals who volunteer. I hope these groups continue to inspire others to get involved and make a positive impact so that we can continue to build a more compassionate society.”

Chairman of the Band, Karen Lewis said:

"The award recognises the work, dedication and achievements of the Band since it was formed 22 years ago. The time and effort given by voluntary organisations across the Island greatly enhance the community we live in, and the more people that get involved, the better for us all."

Pictures from Karen and Malcolm's visit to Buckingham Palace can be found here

10th May 2016 - Chalet restoration: An Update

We are pleased to announce that Malcolm and his small band of volunteers have been joined by the Shanklin 'Men in Sheds' who are keen to assist us with such a worthwhile project.

They have started to help us by installing a kitchen upstairs, as well as doing some other jobs to help with the restoration, such as painting, carpentry work and that.

With regards the Seaward facing side of the building, we have had to repair the damage that was done by the scaffolding company when they removed the scaffolding.  On the plus side, however, we have now finished installing the scroll work in the bays, the panels over the cross beams between the top and bottom posts and we've started painting the main posts that require a top coat of paint.

Our main attention has now turned to the front of the building where we have started to remove some of the rotten timbers from the Bandstand corner and we have been examining the area to see what work is required to restore that side of the building.

6th May 2016 - STBB Wins An Award

Shanklin Town Brass Band has won an award at the Community Action Awards on the Isle of Wight.

We came first in the Arts and Heritage Category

28th April 2016 - Chalet restoration: Floorboards on Seaward Side Complete

Following the removal of the scaffolding on the seaward side of the chalet, Malcolm Lewis and his small band of helpers have now completed the balcony floor on that side of the building and put the skirting boards around the bottom of the posts.

With a few minor things left to complete that side, it won't be long before our attention is turned to the front of the building.

Compare the difference!!

Please check the Performance Dates page to find out where you can hear the Bands play over the next few months.

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Page last updated 12 March 2017

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