Shanklin Town Brass Band

Rylstone Chalet, Popham Road, Shanklin, PO37 6RG

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20th December 2015 - Exam Results Are In

This November we entered eight of our youngsters for their Associated Board Music Practical Exams

And they all passed!

Three of them even passed with merit!

Here they are pictured with their certificates

23rd November 2015 - Chalet restoration: Removal of Scaffolding on Seaward Side

The scaffolding on the seaward side of the chalet is down, at last!

After all the hard work put in by Malcolm Lewis and his small band of helpers, the scaffolding on the seaward side has been removed, which has paved the way for the commencement of the installation of the balustrade and the completion of the balcony floor on that side.

Compare that to how it was and you'll see what progress has been made!

Once the 2015/16 winter season is behind us, we will complete that side and move on to the others!!

18th October 2014 - HAPPY BIRTHDAY SHANKLIN TOWN BRASS BAND!!

On the 19th October Shanklin Town Brass Band came of age and was 21 years old.

To mark this special occasion, Shanklin Town Brass Band played to a sell out crowd at Shanklin Theatre who were entertained by the Youth Band, Senior Band and a special Massed Band, which was made up of the Senior Band and some friends from other brass bands from around the country.

The Youth Band opened the concert and played some of their favourite pieces, including Barnard Castle, Summertime and Bandstand Boogie

The Senior Band was next, who continued to entertain the audience by playing some of the popular pieces from their summer concerts, including The Great Escape, (which can be viewed below and as you will see it ended with Malcolm coming up through the trapdoor on the stage!) Reflections and Wandering Star.

One piece that was played, 633 Squadron, was dedicated to the memory of James Sparks, a former cornet player with the band who died in 2009 at the age of 17 from Cystic Fibrosis and whose birthday was also the 19th October.

After a short interval, came the Massed Band, which was mainly conducted by the Band's President, Dennis Wilby, and they started by playing Dennis' own arrangement of the song We've Only Just Begun. Other songs included My Way, Fanfare & Flourishes and Trumpeter's Holiday (another piece arranged by Dennis Wilby).

For the last two numbers, Malcolm took over as conductor and the audience were entertained to a special rendition of the Bare Necessities and we finished with the piece of music that used to end the band's concerts for so many years, The Lord of The Dance.

By popular request the band played an encore, a piece which is so often requested whenever we play, And All That Jazz.

Here's to the next 21 years!!

28th September 2014 - youth band success AT SCABA CONTEST

Our Youth Band took part in the SCABA Autumn Contest, held at The Hawth in Crawley, Sussex - and like the Spring Contest

THEY WON IT!!!

PLUS

They were named as
The SCABA Band of the Year
- FOR A THIRD TIME!

The Shanklin Town Youth Brass Band not only won their section, but they were awarded the title of Southern Counties Amateur Band Association's Band of the Year 2014, repeating the feat they achieved in 2010 and 2012.

Malcolm Lewis, Musical Director, said, "I'm immensely proud of our young people; again they all worked so hard in preparation for the contest.  For such a young band to win their section was a great achievement in itself, but to be named as Band Of The Year yet again is fantastic!"

They can be seen on 18th October at Shanklin Theatre as part of the Shanklin Town Band's 21st Birthday Celebration Concert

23rd May 2014 - Chalet restoration: Installation of Last 2 Top Posts on Seaward Side

At last, the last of the new posts have been installed on the seaward side of the chalet.  This means that we now have six new posts top and bottom, new beams and where needed new floorboards and supporting beams.

All that remains to do on that side now is the skirting boards around the bottom of the posts and the balustrade - and the timber to do all of that is in store at the chalet.  Work will commence on making the bottom rails, hand rails and individual panels next week for the balustrade, unless we can salvage any of the existing timber that is.

27th April 2014 - YOUTH BAND SUCCESS AT SCABA CONTEST

Youth Band Very Happy With Win at Crawley

Some of the youth band photographed in Rylstone Gardens with four of the trophies they won

In a very hard fought SCABA Spring competition, which took place at The Hawth Theatre in Crawley, the Youth Band came away pleased with their performance as they scooped no less than FIVE trophies.  Despite playing a technically challenging test piece, they beat off the competition with a quite an inexperienced band; some of the players were playing in only their first or second contest.

They achieved:

  • FIRST place in the Youth Section, playing the test piece Four Cities Symphony

  • FIRST place for the March, playing Slaidburn

  • FIRST place for the Hymn tune, playing Crimond

  • BEST Conductor in the Youth Section, Malcolm Lewis

  • BEST Youth Instrumentalist, Alex Warner on Bb Cornet

Three Youth Band 'representatives' even went to Isle of Wight Radio a couple of days later with three of the trophies and recorded an interview, which was broadcast later. (From Left to Right: Christopher Sparks Bb Bass Player, Malcolm Lewis Conductor & Keith Rogers Percussionist)

Photo © 2014 & courtesy of Isle of Wight Radio

20th April 2014 - Chalet restoration: A Much Needed Donation Received

A much needed donation has been received from Shanklin Rotary to help us with the restoration of Rylstone Chalet, thus enabling us to purchase more timber, including further floorboards and lots of timber for the balustrade (top & bottom rails plus the individual panels).

In their letter, Shanklin Rotary said:

"The key elements of what you do in the community really registered with the members of the Rotary Club of Shanklin. Clearly the band itself is an outstanding asset to the area and it is heartening to see your success in growing membership. Particularly those of teenage years and younger.

Rylstone Chalet is an impressive building and it is not only good to see it being renovated but also to see the work being done by committed volunteers from our community."

8th April 2014 - Chalet restoration: Installation of Top Posts on Seaward Side

Four out of the six new top posts required on the seaward side of the chalet have now been made; with decorative fittings recycled from previous posts where possible.

With the weather being dry, we took advantage of this to install these new top posts, which you can see in the photo. Manufacture of the remaining two has commenced; they need to be treated, primed and undercoated before installing can take place.

18th February 2014 - ANDY HARRINGTON

It is with great sadness that Shanklin Town Brass Band announces the passing of our very good friend, Andy Harrington, Solo Trombone player and acting Chairman with Tilbury Brass Band. seen pictured below.

Having an active involvement in many bands in his local area, as well as our own, Andy was widely regarded as one of the truest, loyal and compassionate bandsmen around and he will be truly missed by all that knew him. Andy defined what true bandsmanship was about but to many he was also the most true and loyal of all friends.

Our thoughts are with Andrew's family at this difficult time and we extend our condolences to them.

Malcolm and Karen Lewis said, "He was a great person who really enjoyed playing with and conducting us last year. This is very sad and we will miss him dearly."

1st February 2014 - 21st ANNIVERSARY CONCERT

Shanklin Town Brass Band is 21 years old this year!!

On the 19th October, to be precise.

To celebrate this momentous occasion, we are holding a special Birthday Concert at Shanklin Theatre on 18th October 2014 at 7:30pm

It promises to be an entertaining evening, with our award winning Youth Band playing on stage, as well as some of the players who helped to establish the band coming back.

Tickets are available from Shanklin Theatre

7th December 2013 - SURC PACKED OUT FOR Christmas CONCERT

Shanklin's United Reformed Church was filled to bursting point for the band's annual Christmas Concert, with many people having to sit upstairs in the balcony area.

The audience enjoyed a varied programme with songs ranging from traditional carols, such as 'O Come All Ye Faithful' and 'Hark The Herald Angel Sing', to the Andrea Bocelli song 'Time to Say Goodbye'.

Solo performances included the theme from the film 'Moon River', performed from memory by our principal cornet player Kevin Noble, and the hit song 'A Winter's Tale', beautifully played by our Flugel Player Peter Monk.  Our award winning Horn Section performed 'Angels From The Realms of Glory', our trombone section headed up the song 'Santa's Little Helpers' and there was of course a bass solo, which this year was the perennial Christmas favourite 'Frosty the Snowman', ably performed by Ryan Jones.

Shanklin Town Youth Brass Band opened up the second half, playing three numbers; 'Mary's Boy Child', 'Silent Night' (which included a solo by 8 year old Sophie Warner on the Eb Soprano Cornet) and an up beat arrangement of the carol 'Hark The Herald Angels Sing'.

Audience members were enthusiastic in their praise of the concert and are looking forward to seeing the bands again!

4th December 2013 - Chalet restoration: Installation of Entrance Side Guttering

The facia board on the main entrance side of the chalet has been fully repaired; with new boards where needed installed and painted.

Consequently, this gave us the opportunity to install the guttering, meaning that the chalet now has completely brand new guttering.

22nd November 2013 - Chalet restoration: Installation of Seaward Side Guttering

The much needed repairs to the seaward side facia boarding have at last been completed and they've been painted.

Today, with the weather on our side (for once!!), we took the opportunity to install the new guttering - and very nice it looks too.  This will now prevent the rainwater from going on to the woodwork on that side of the building.

The facia on the main entrance side of the building will be receiving attention next.  New boards have been manufactured by ourselves and they have been, treated with preservative and primed. They just need to be undercoated and then they'll be ready for installing - followed by the new guttering.

19th November 2013 - James' garden wins an award

The memorial garden at St Mary's Hospital to our much missed young cornet player, James Sparks, tonight won an award at the Island's NHS 2013 Awards Ceremony

It won the Supporting Excellence in Healthcare (Behind The Scenes) award as sponsored by Allocate Software and recognised the amount of hard work put in by the staff of the Children's Ward, together with some willing volunteers, to make the garden such an enjoyable and relaxing place for the children (and staff!) on the ward

6th November 2013 - Chalet restoration: All The New Posts Are In

The last of the new posts has been installed on the seaward side of the chalet, meaning that we have now made and installed six new posts ourselves, as well as various other items of woodwork.  The metal brackets connecting the new beams to the ones supporting the balcony have been been refurbished and put back with new bolts.

The new guttering has at last arrived and once the much needed repairs to the facia boarding have been completed and they've been painted, the guttering will then be installed.

18th October 2013 - Chalet restoration: Four New Posts Are In

We now have four new balcony support posts in on the seaward side of the chalet, with three of them connected by new beams, which we manufactured ourselves, across the top, which in turn have now been connected to some of the main beams supporting the balcony on that side of the building.

Progress by the small band of dedicated volunteer workers, although slow, is looking good.

New guttering for the building is on order and once installed will certainly alleviate some of the problems the building has been having.

27th September 2013 - Chalet restoration: The First New Post Is In!

We have successfully installed a new balcony main support post!

At last following weeks of hectic activity by a few dedicated volunteers, supervised by our MD Malcolm Lewis, the first of the replacement balcony main support posts has been successfully installed.  We have manufactured a total of six new posts ourselves and with those complete we can now turn our attention to installing the rest of the new posts, as well as other areas of the seaward side balcony woodwork.

Watch out for further updates!!

23rd August 2013 - Opening of James' Garden

We lost a much loved young cornet player, James Sparks, four years ago at the age of 17 after a life long battle with Cystic Fibrosis. He was a regular visitor to the children’s ward at St Mary’s Hospital, Newport, for sometimes long periods of treatment.

After his passing, his parents Christopher and Yvonne made a gift to the Children's Ward at St Mary's, which has been used to help establish a garden in his memory and after a lot of hard work and planning this was opened on 23rd August by the actor Melvyn Hayes who now lives on the Island (he starred in one of James' favourite programmes, the BBC comedy 'It Ain't Half Hot Mum').

One of James great interests was railways and trains.  His enthusiasm inspired the theme for the garden.  As you enter the garden you start a train ride through the countryside to the sea.  The garden shed has been painted and has become the ticket office, which bears his name, with a platform outside.  Street artist Tony Trowbridge has spray painted a train on one of the walls, together with a unique Isle of Wight poster. Garden plants in seaside colours take you to the beach and into the sea.  There is even a seagull which ‘flies’ over the ticket office.  The garden furniture and umbrellas complete the colourful picture. The waste ground is now a delightful area for everyone to enjoy outside the confines of the Ward.

Pauline Martin, Ward Clerk on Children’s Ward said, “The time and commitment given by staff has been magnificent.  Their determination to see the project through, together with the donation from James' parents has enabled us to create a vibrant living memorial to James."

Before cutting the tape Melvyn gave an excellent speech about the project and Melvyn Hayes called “A wonderful memorial to James.”

The Hospital Executive came and shared in the lovely occasion and the Shanklin Town Brass Band, of which James was a keen member, played some of his favourite tunes, including the Great Escape, a tune he used to whistle whenever he left hospital.

The garden has transformed a rather dull yard space off the children’s ward and is now a beautiful quiet space for relaxing (when the helicopter is not landing just over the wall!).

10th July 2013 - Work Starts on the Chalet

Work has, at last started on the renovation of the outside of Rylstone Chalet. The pictures below show the amount of work ahead of us.

Following the receipt of a grant from the Foyle Foundation, we have bought some timber and are now able to start the restoration of the seaward end of the chalet.

All the posts supporting the balcony at this end will need to be replaced and Malcolm (pictured below) is shown here making the first one.

8th June 2013 - YOUTH BAND RAISES FUND FOR BAND

The Youth Band held a 'Sponsored Blow' at Rylstone Chalet, playing for FOUR HOURS from ten in the morning until two in  the afternoon, to raise some funds for the band, whilst an open day was held for the chalet.

The award winning youngsters (and some adult helpers who were also keen to take part), pictured above at the end of their performance, played a wide variety of numbers ranging from marches to traditional brass band pieces to film and television themes. 

Members of the public could, in return for a donation:

  • Choose a particular piece for the band to play.

  • Conduct the band themselves.

  • Or just sit and listen, which very many people did.

Some members of the band took turns it in playing other instruments - while some even had a go at conducting, finding out that it's not as easy as it looks!!

Sophie Warner conducts the band


Adam Rogers (our Principal Trombone player in the Youth Band) tries to play a Flugel Horn while
Peter Monk (Flugel player in the Senior Band) tries to play the Trombone!!

28th April 2013 - SUCCESS AT SCABA CONTEST

Crawley Results Are In

In a very hard fought SCABA Spring competition, which took place at The Hawth Theatre, Crawley, both the Youth Band and the Senior Band came away pleased with their performances.

The Youth Band was pleased to have won their section, with a quite inexperienced band; some of the players were playing in only their first or second contest.

They achieved:

  • FIRST place in the Youth Section, playing the test piece Stantonbury Festival

  • FIRST place for the March, playing Slaidburn

  • BEST Conductor in the Youth Section, Malcolm Lewis

  • BEST Youth Instrumentalist, Amber Pierce on Bb Cornet

The Senior Band, playing Olympus, came 2nd out of 6 bands with a solid performance, beating some bands that are nationally in higher sections than we are.

Second Section Results

Adjudicator: Michael Fowles

Place

Band

Conductor

Draw

1

Cranbrook Town

Ian Lanceley

1

2

Shanklin Town Brass

Malcolm Lewis

2

3

Uckfield Concert Brass

Nick Morris

3

4

LGB Brass

Ian Stewart

6

5

Godalming

David Wright

5

6

Snowdown Colliery Welfare

Christer Aberg

4

 

30th September 2012 - youth band success AT SCABA CONTEST

Our Youth Band took part in the SCABA Autumn Contest, held at The Hawth in Crawley, Sussex - and like the Spring Contest

THEY WON IT!!!

  • FIRST place in the Youth Section, playing the test piece A Rural Suite

  • BEST Conductor in the Youth Section, Malcolm Lewis

  • BEST Youth Instrumentalist, Charlotte Lewis on Solo Tenor Horn

PLUS

They were named as
The SCABA Band of the Year - AGAIN!

The Shanklin Town Youth Brass Band not only won their section, but they were awarded the title of Southern Counties Amateur Band Association's Band of the Year 2012, repeating the feat they achieved in 2010.

Malcolm Lewis, Musical Director, said, "I'm so proud of those young people; they worked so hard this year in preparation for the contest. To win it was a great achievement, but to be named as Band Of The Year again is fantastic!"

Dennis Wilby presents the Youth Band with their SCABA Band of the Year Shield and Certificate

29th April 2012 - youth band STORM TO VICTORY AT SCABA SPRING CONTEST

Our Youth Band once again took part in the SCABA Spring Contest, this time held at The Hawth in Crawley, Sussex

- and THEY WON!!!

  • FIRST place in the Youth Section, playing the test piece Four Cities Symphony

  • BEST March in the Youth Section, with Slaidburn

  • BEST Conductor in the Youth Section, Malcolm Lewis

  • BEST Youth Instrumentalist, Ashley Wicks on Solo Cornet

Malcolm Lewis said afterwards, "I'm very proud of the Youth Band winning the contest. For many of the youngsters, it was their first time on the contest stage and they played so well."

18th March 2012 - John Williams

It is with great sadness that Shanklin Town Brass Band announces the passing of our good friend, the SCABA President & MD of Chichester City Band, John Williams, seen pictured below with Karen Lewis at the 2011 SCABA Spring Contest.

John lost his battle with cancer today, Sunday 18th March 2012.

Our condolences, thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

From the Chichester City Brass Band website

John was born in Derbyshire and had a yearning for the Marines from an early age. He attended the weekly Sea Training School from the age of 10 and joined the Marines itself at 14. When he went along for audition he told them he wanted to play cornet. They said "too popular, too common, what about bass'. He tried that. Just one small problem he couldn't. His legs were too short and wouldn't reach the ground! He settled for French Horn and never looked back. What a handy player he turned into.

He was with the Marines until 1982 which included a year serving on HMS Devonshire which took him to many fine destinations including America.

His final posting was Lyrnpstone and this is where his involvement in brass bands began. He played with, and conducted Totnes; in the early 80s he went to Portsmouth City. This was a very special time as he met his soul mate, Mary, He had four very happy years with Brighton (Buses) Silver. He then took over Oxted and from Oxted to Mid Sussex Brass. It was during this time that he was diagnosed with cancer, John being John he never allowed the cancer to come between him and his banding and took Chichester City for the next ten years.

John was appointed musical director of Chichester City Band in the summer of 1997 and conducted the band at the Nationals at the Birmingham Symphony Hall. In 2000 the band got through to the finals again and for the first time the band played at the Royal Albert Hall. In 2002 John took the band to the finals at the Rivera Centre in Torquay.

In May 2003 the band crossed the channel and performed for two nights in France at the Arpajon music festival which is just northwest of Paris. John and the band members were delighted with the reception that the band received.

He won in excess of 40 trophies with them and his service to the Band was recognised by Chichester City Council in 2001 when they presented him with a Civic Award in recognition of the contribution he had made to the life of the City. The band recognised his work with them by giving him Life Vice Presidency.

John became the SCABA Chairman in 2006 and was a very active hands-on Chairman. Unfortunately due to his ill health he resigned in 2010 and was immediately invited to be the SCABA President. Once again he proudly represented SCABA attending as many engagements, contests and meetings as his health would allow.

10th March 2012 - National Brass Band Championships

This year's test piece was the English Folk Song Suite by Vaughn Williams and in our 4th Section Heat in Torquay there were a record 25 entries from brass band all over the West of England. The standard was very high and the results were as follows:

Fourth Section:
Test Piece: 'English Folk Song Suite' - Ralph Vaughan Williams

Saturday 10th March
The Arena
Adjudicators: Alan Morrison & Tony Swainson

1. Midsomer Norton & Radstock Silver (Joanne Sykes), 19*
2. Andover Town (Steve Large), 14*
3. Launceston Town (Dave Dobson), 5*
4. Wilton & District (Colin Herbert), 8*
5. Spinnaker Brass (Sam Hairsine), 6
6. Weymouth Concert Brass (Adam Glynn), 12
7. Chalford Academy (Steve Tubb), 4
8. Gosport Solent Brass (Simon Nicholls), 25
9. South Molton Town (Gil Taylor), 18
10. New Forest Brass (Ian Luxford), 1
11. Bratton Silver (Simon Carr), 11
12. Lydney Town (Kevin Ford), 22
13. Shanklin Town Brass (Malcolm Lewis), 17
14. Porthleven Town (Francis Ralph), 20
15. Wincanton Silver (David Bertie), 21
16. Swindon Brass (Francis Cowley), 7
17. Totnes (Sid Davis), 16
18. Cheltenham Silver (Angie Shepherd), 15
19. Marshfield (Steve Rocky), 23
20. Verwood Concert Brass 'B' (James Haigh), 9
21. Bideford Town (Roger Ashby), 25
22. Okehampton Excelsior Silver (Des Law), 2
23. Torbay Brass (Dennis Frere-Smith), 13
24. Thornbury Town (Darren Williams), 3
25. Tiverton Town (Andrew Harris), 10

* Top four bands qualified for National Finals

5th November 2011 - STBB APPEARS AT SHANKLIN THEATRE AGAIN (For Open Day)

Shanklin Theatre held an open day in conjunction with the replacement of the old auditorium seats (some of which came from the old Sandown Pier Theatre) with new ones.

The theatre was open to everyone and during the day there was:

- A concert by STBB, which was enjoyed by those present. We performed for an hour in the afternoon and featured many of our popular numbers; ranging from the Post Horn Gallop to the Teddy Bears Picnic. The many people in the audience also enjoyed listening to some of Malcolm's jokes.

- A concert by Wight Satin.

- Display boards by the Shanklin History Society showing the building through the ages from Institute to present day Theatre.

- Back stage tours.

The Friends of Shanklin Theatre handed over a donation towards the Theatre's new sound system and the painting and decoration of the building.

The day also saw the launch of ‘Sponsor a seat’ which gives the supporter a mention on the Friends of the Theatre website, a seat plaque, a certificate and a special reception and tour of the theatre in the new year. Shanklin Town Brass Band is proud to support our local community by sponsoring a seat.

4th November 2011 - STBB APPEARS AT SHANKLIN THEATRE

This evening, Shanklin Town Brass Band took part in The Royal British Legion Shanklin Festival of Remembrance, which was held at Shanklin Theatre.

We were privileged to open the event, playing the National Anthem and a number of other songs from our summer repertoire.

The Festival of Remembrance and Drumhead Service also featured Medina Marching Band and displays by the local Air Training Corps.

8th October 2011 - SCABA Autumn Contest

Folkestone Results Are In

In a very hard fought SCABA Autumn competition, which was taking place in Folkestone for the last time, both the Youth Band and the Senior Band came away pleased with their performances.  It was also announced that both SCABA's Spring and Autumn Contests in 2012 will take place at The Hawth, in Crawley, Sussex

The Youth Band did very well playing Stantonbury Festival against Wantage Youth Band that contained players taken exclusively from their 2nd Section and Championship bands. Malcolm was delighted to retain the Conductor's Trophy though.

Malcolm receives his Best Conductor Trophy from the adjudicator of the Youth Section, Kevin Wadsworth

The Senior Band, playing Occasion, came 5th out of 10 bands with a solid performance, beating some bands that are nationally in higher sections than we are, and we picked up the best Instrumentalist Trophy too.

Karen is presented with the Best Instrumentalist trophy by the adjudicator.

Second Section Results

Adjudicator Paul Norley

Place

Band

Conductor

Draw

National
Section

1

Amersham

Paul Fisher

8

4th

2

Wantage Silver B

Danny Dullforce

10

3rd

3

Medway Concert Brass

Garrie Harvey

3

**

4

Cold Ash Brass

Steve Sizeland

9

3rd

5

Shanklin Town Brass

Malcolm Lewis

7

4th

6

Hitchin

Craig Patterson

4

3rd

7

Oxted

Martin Beaumont

1

**

8

Cranbrook Town

Ian Lanceley

6

**

9

Brighton & Hove City Brass

Matthew Hackett

5

3rd

10

St Sebastian Wokingham

Lee Woodward

2

2nd

** Only competes at SCABA contests

29th July 2011 - music exams

We have several people of all ages who take advantage of our Saturday morning Brass Academy lessons and seven of the youngsters recently took various Associated Board music exams.

And we're pleased to announce that they all passed.

The results were as follows:

Name

Exam

Result

Adam Rogers

Baritone Grade 5

Pass with Merit

Alex Warner

Cornet Grade 3

Pass

Ashley Wicks

Cornet Grade 8

Pass with Merit

Charlotte Lewis

Tenor Horn Grade 6

Pass with Merit

Emma Cusworth

Flugel Horn Grade 8

Pass with Merit

Hannah Cusworth

Baritone Grade 5

Pass with Merit

Ryan Jones

Eb Bass Grade 8

Pass with Merit

Our MD Malcolm Lewis was delighted with the results saying, "I'm ever so pleased for the youngsters as they've put a lot of hard work and effort into preparing for their exams and they've thoroughly earned their passes."

29th May 2011 - Hangleton Youth Band Visits Shanklin

Hangleton Youth Brass Band, from near Brighton, paid a visit to Shanklin Youth Brass Band. A joint rehearsal was held in the morning, which was followed by the two bands socialising by having  lunch and some games together.

In the afternoon, however, the two bands took turns in entertaining the public in Rylstone Gardens before joining forces to present one big massed band that was 70+ strong. Fitting everybody on the bandstand was no mean feat but we managed it.

The concert was very popular with the audience in Rylstone Gardens and the whole day was deemed a great success by all those involved. Shanklin's Youth Band are looking forward to visiting Hangleton at some point in the near future.

17th April 2011 - Success at Hove

Shanklin Town Brass Band Sweeps The Board!

At the SCABA Spring Contest held at Hove on Sunday 17th April 2011, Shanklin Town Brass Band took several prizes.

Karen Lewis received the Second Section Trophy from John Williams

The Senior Band took:

  • FIRST place in the Second Section, playing the test piece Occasion

  • BEST Conductor in the Second Section

  • BEST Instrumentalist, Emma Cusworth who played the Flugel Horn

  • Second with the march Punchinello

 
Malcolm Lewis, assisted by Kieran Wetherick & Alex Warner, collects the Youth Band's trophies and certificates

The Youth Band took:

  • FIRST place in the Youth Section, playing the test piece Anglian Dances

  • BEST March in the Youth Section, with Barnard Castle

  • BEST Conductor in the Youth Section

  • BEST Youth Instrumentalist, Ashley Wicks on Solo Cornet

5th February 2011 - Youth Band Concert

The Youth Band held a concert in Shanklin's United Reformed Church to raise money for the Sandown High School trip to South Africa in August 2011 as part of Operation Wallacea.

Operation Wallacea is a series of biological and conservation management research programmes that operate in remote locations across the world. These expeditions are designed with specific wildlife conservation aims in mind - from identifying areas needing protection, through to implementing and assessing conservation management programmes.

The concert, which was well attended, had an 'animal theme' to it with musical numbers ranging from Born Free to a piece called Elephant Act to The Teddy Bear's Picnic!! 

One of the soloists was Ashley Wicks (Cornet) who is one of the students from Sandown High who will be going on the trip, for which a total of £316 was raised.

12th November 2010 - ANDREW PAYNE

Shanklin Town Brass Band deeply regret to announce
the sad death of Andrew Payne
on 12th November 2010

Andrew, a former helper with the band, sadly passed away at St Mary's Hospital, Newport at the age of 84 after losing his battle with ill health.  He was a very popular non playing member who helped the band tremendously.  Shanklin Town Brass Band would like to offer its deepest condolences to Andrew's family.

At Andrew's funeral Malcolm Lewis, the band's MD, gave a short tribute to him.

"One nice sunny afternoon at a band concert, Andrew answered our plea for help on band nights (e.g. making the tea!)

Andrew was a very private man, we did not know his age until the first time he went into hospital.  Making the tea soon extended to other things, Andrew and  myself built the reception area at the bandroom.  He also built the acoustic ceiling screens in the bandroom to improve the sound, which he did on his own.  His willingness to help ended up with him on the Band Committee where his views and ideas were well respected.  In fact, he won the Chairman's award in 2003 for all his hard work.

Andrew was our caretaker to the building; he would hoover, paint and change any lights that needed changing.  He was always there to let any visitors in and show them around.  He would also travel with the band to contests in Brighton, Folkestone and Torquay.  He also travelled to London for the three consecutive concerts we did at Westminster Abbey.

Andrew was always the first one at band on band nights and if you crept in you would hear him playing on the xylophone or glockenspiel and even the drum kit.  So much so, if we were short of a percussionist Andrew would always be willing to help on the bass drum or cymbals.  If he knew the words, he would join in and at times he would even whistle, especially to the Great Escape!

The band will always be grateful for Andrew's hard work in our early years.  It was his hard work and encouragement that helped the band to prosper."

29th October 2010 - The Award Winning Youth Band

The award winning Shanklin Town Youth Brass Band with some of the trophies they won at Folkestone, including SCABA Band of The Year.

16th October 2010 - SCABA Autumn Contest

SHANKLIN TOWN YOUTH BRASS BAND

Has been named as
The
Southern Counties Amateur Bands Association
's
Brass Band of 2010

This was the big news at the SCABA Autumn Contest held in Folkestone on Saturday 16th October 2010. 

At a well attended contest, the Youth Band won their section, repeating their success from Hove earlier this year and the Senior Band came third in their section, beating some bands who nationally are in higher sections.  Malcolm Lewis, Musical Director, was very pleased with all the results but he was especially proud of the Youth Band's achievement, saying that the Youth Band can be justifiably proud of themselves.

The Youth Band, in addition to the above, took:

  • FIRST Place

  • BEST Youth Instrumentalist, Robert Bartlett on Euphonium

  • BEST Conductor

  • BEST placed Member Band

The Senior Band took:

  • Third Place in the Second Section.

  • BEST Conductor in the Second Section.

The actual result was

Pos

Band

Conductor

National Section

1

Hitchin

Craig Paterson

3

2

Colchester

Peter Ivey

2

3

Shanklin Town Brass

Malcolm Lewis

4

4

Betteshanger Colliery Band

Steve McIntyre

3

5

Oxted

Martin Beaumont

N/A

6

Uckfield Concert Brass

Nick Morris

3

7

St Sebastian Wokingham

Lee Woodward

2

8

Medway Concert Brass

Garrie Harvey

3

9

Hangleton

Richard Baker

3

10

Cranbrook Town

Ian Lanceley

N/A

 

18th April 2010 - Success at Hove

Shanklin Town Brass Band Sweeps The Board!

At the SCABA Spring Contest held at Hove Town Hall on Sunday 18th April 2010, Shanklin Town Brass Band took several prizes.

 
Malcolm Lewis receives the Best Conductor trophy

The Senior Band took:

  • FIRST place in the Second Section, playing the test piece Music For A Festival

  • BEST Trombone Section

  • BEST Conductor in the Second Section

  • Second with the march Castell Coch

The Youth Band took:

  • FIRST place in the Youth Section, playing the test piece Malvern Suite

  • BEST March in the Youth Section

  • BEST Conductor in the Youth Section

  • BEST Youth Instrumentalist, Ashley Wicks on Solo Cornet


The Youth Band on stage at Hove

13th March 2010 - NATIONAL BRASS BAND CHAMPIONSHIPS

West of England regional Championships

Held at The Riviera Centre, Torquay, Devon

Saturday 13th March 2010

Results:

1. Test Valley Brass (Steve Large)

2. Hatherleigh Silver (Dave Hayward)

3. Downton (Roland Wright)

4. A W Parker (Drybrook) (Kevin White)

5. Shanklin Town Brass (Malcolm Lewis)

6. Wight Brass (Alan Ingram)

7. New Forest Brass (Richard Sharp)

8. Swindon Brass (Francis Cowley)

9. Totnes (Steve Young)

10. Launceston Town (Dave Dobson)

Twenty Bands competed with Shanklin playing at number 17 and equalling their best performance in the competition with fifth place. 

25th February 2010 - STBB ACHIEVES CHARITABLE STATUS

Following a lengthy application we have been successful in our bid to become a registered charity!

11th October 2009 - SUCCESS AT FOLKESTONE

Shanklin Town Brass Band, and Shanklin Youth Brass Band, both had a successful trip to Folkestone for the 2009 SCABA Autumn Contest, held at Leas Cliff Hall on Sunday 11th October.

The Youth Band won their section, retaining the title in both the Hymn Tune and Test Piece. Euphonium player Robert Bartlett (pictured left) took the Best Instrumentalist Prize in the Youth section . The adjudicator's comments about the Hymn Tune they played, Eventide, in particular were that the youngsters were capable of competing against some of the bands in the third section - and possibly beating them!

The Senior Band, promoted to the Second section earlier in the year, also took a couple of unexpected prizes. They played Diadem as the Hymn tune, winning with 188 points.

The most encouraging award in the Second Section however, went to the Horn Section, consisting of four girls with an average age of 15, who had competed against players of many years' experience.

This is not the first time the girls have won an award. A few years ago they won the same prize in the Third Section at the Spring Contest in Hove, demonstrating that the Band have a strong and committed Horn Section with plenty of potential!

Malcolm Lewis, Musical Director, said "Folkestone was a great success for both bands. I am especially proud of the girls in the Horn Section, who once again took on players of many years experience and won."

All four of the successful Horn Section. Emma Cusworth, Charlotte Lewis (with the trophy), Lauren Sebastian, Millie Pusey

Pictured (from L-R) are Millie Pusey, Emma Cusworth (holding the Trophy - a cut down Tenor Horn!) and Charlotte Lewis. Not pictured is Lauren Sebastian who returned to University on the evening of the Contest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28th June 2009 - James Sparks

Shanklin Town Brass Band deeply regret to announce
the sad death of James Sparks
on 28th June 2009, age 17

See separate page for more details

The much missed James Sparks

5th April 2009 - YOUTH BAND SUCCESS AT SCABA SPRING CONTEST

Spring 2009 Southern Counties Amateur Bands Association

Hove Town Hall

5th April 2009

Shanklin Town Youth Brass Band Triumph at Hove Contest

The members of the Youth Band travelled to Hove in Sussex on Sunday 5th April to take part in the SCABA Spring Contest. Despite stiff competition from Hangleton Youth, they won their section, the March Prize, and Ashley Wicks on Solo Cornet, scooped the Best Instrumentalist Award. MD Malcolm Lewis won the Conductor's Prize

The youngsters performed a fundraising concert in February at the United Reformed Church in Shanklin (from which the above photo was taken) to pay for the coach to take them to the Contest and their hard work and dedication has really paid off. 

The success of the Youth Band complements the achievements of the Senior Band who were recently promoted to the Second Section within SCABA and finished fifth overall in the competition.

Oscar Pusey and Sophie Cusworth, accompanied by MD Malcolm Lewis, receive the winner's trophy from John Wiliams, SCABA Chairman.

17th January 2009 - OUR TALENTED YOUNGSTERS

Talented Youngsters Receive their Associated Board Certificates

14 young players from the Shanklin Town Brass Academy received their certificates for their success in their Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music Examinations held in early December last year.

Every youngster entered, passed, two with distinctions, and many more with merits. The instruments represented almost all parts of the band, including cornets, flugelhorn, tenor horn, euphoniums and baritones and basses.

The levels assessed ranged from foundation level, with three members taking grade I, intermediate level where nine players took grades III-V, and advanced level with two girls taking grade VI.

6th April 2008 - SCABA SPRING CONTEST

Spring 2008 Southern Counties Amateur Bands Association

Hove Town Hall

6th April 2008

Shanklin Town Brass Band were represented by both the Senior and Youth Bands at this contest. Each Band was required to play a March and an own choice Test Piece.

The Senior Band entered the Third section, playing Castell Caerdydd for the march and Four Cities Symphony for the test piece. This is the same Test Piece they played at the West of England Regional Championships that won them 5th place. This time they came second, scoring 177 points for the March and 182 points for the Test Piece.

As well as entering their own Section the Senior Band decided to test their musical abilities further by entering the Second Section. Here they chose to play Punchinello for the march, and scored 183 points. The test piece they chose for this section was Dimensions, for which they also scored 183 points. This placed the Band 5th in the Section, pleasing Musical Director Malcolm Lewis who said, "I thought I'd made a mistake entering us for the higher section but the Band did me proud - we didn't come last and we didn't come second to last, we came 5th. A good result"

In the Youth/Third Section the Youth Band played the march Slaidburn and the test piece Stantonbury Festival. They scored 179 points for each (beating the Senior Band in the March!) and were the highest placed Youth Band.

James Sparks (pictured left receiving his trophy from John Williams, Chairman of the Southern Counties Amateur Band Association) on Repiano Cornet won the Best Youth Instrumentalist and Musical Director Malcolm Lewis won the Best Youth Conductor's Prize.

8th March 2008 - NATIONAL BRASS BAND CHAMPIONSHIPS

2008 West of England Regional Championships

Riviera International Conference Centre

Torquay 

8th March 2008

Twenty five members of Shanklin Town Brass Band travelled to Torquay to take part in this competition. They performed in the 4th Section, playing a piece written especially for the competition by Rodney Newton called Four Cities Symphony. The competition was adjudicated by Peter Roberts and Rob Wiffin.

The draw for the running order was announced and STBB were drawn to play last...

Despite the flat acoustics in the Hall the Band managed to produce a crisp and dynamic sound. Malcolm the MD felt they had played well enough, having heard all the competition play previously, to come 4th or 5th.

The results were announced, and a massive cheer was heard from the Island contingent when they were confirmed as 5th place. The points showed that they were only two marks away from qualifying for the National Finals in Harrogate.

The top six positions were:

1. Brunel Brass, J. Winterflood
2. Wincanton Silver, B. Kelloway
3. Totnes, I. Wilkinson
4. Bream Silver, H. Cole
5. Shanklin Town Brass (IoW), M. Lewis
6. Weymouth Concert Brass, A. Glynn

4BarsRest, the internet Banding Site had this to say about the Band

"Shanklin Town had not travelled over the sea from the Isle of Wight to give anything less than their all at Saturday’s contest, and they did just that. After waiting all day to play (having drawn 20, and last), Shanklin gave an extremely confident performance of the test piece. Some of the players seemed to be incredibly young, but when listening this was not at all evident, as the sound of the band was easily one of the most balanced of the whole day.

The MD created some very nice shapes with the music, the solo euphonium had a lovely sound and the young chap on bass trombone will be one to watch out for in the future without a shadow of a doubt. Credit must also be given to the band’s percussion section, who really drove everything along and created a real sense of excitement in many places, and ensured the band’s effort ended with a bang (and together as well – something hardly any others actually achieved!).

There were several moments of tuning that was not quite 100% accurate, especially as the piece moved towards its conclusion, and the timpani on which the concert G was being played was horribly flat in places. These did not do too much to detract however, and 5th place was a fine reward for this band made up of mainly extremely young, but all extremely talented players."

23rd February 2008 - YOUTH BAND FUND RAISING CONCERT

Shanklin Town Youth Brass Band performed a special fundraising concert at the United Reformed Church in Shanklin on 23rd February 2008.

Among the numbers they performed were The Great Escape, A Bridge Too Far, and Nessun Dorma.

Entrance was free and the retiring collection, which was in aid of the United Reformed Church, raised £235.

Solos were performed by Ashley Wicks (The Lazy Trumpeter on Cornet), Emma Cusworth (Georgia on my Mind on Flugel Horn), Dan Reynolds (The Acrobat on Trombone) and Robert Bartlett (Nessun Dorma on Euphonium).

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