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Snowdown Colliery Welfare Band is a member of the Snowdown Welfare Club, which is a Registered Charity (Charity Number: 302675)

Back Row Cornets

Soprano Cornet :: Duncan Latter

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Coming soon

Repiano Cornet :: Richard Hazell

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Richard learnt to play a brass instrument when aged eight, in Brazil. Since settling in England, aged 13, he has played Cornet with the Croydon Salvation Army Band, New Malson Wind Band, Epson and Ewell Silver / Brass and now plays for Faversham and Snowdown Bands.

Highlights of his playing carreer include: PLaying under Sir Adrian Boult, Full score performances of `Carmina Burana` and the `Messiah` with choirs and professional singers, reaching the national finals in the 2nd section with the Epson and Ewell Band, a ten day tour in Finland with Croydon and further short tours in Germany, Holland and France.

Repiano Cornet :: Alan Langley

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Alan has just recently joined the band and we are extremely pleased to welcome him to our ranks. A biography will appear here shortly.

2nd Cornet :: Heather Watkins

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Heathers interest in brass banding started whilst at secondary school. The school at that time had an orchestra and a very good brass band. Heather wasn\'t very interested in the orchestra because she `Didn`t much like the `Squeaky` violins`, but did enjoy listening to the brass band. Heather remembers thinking `I would like to play in that band`, even though the band were all boys!

Heather was given the opportunity to have brass lessons, initially on the Cornet and then on Eb Tennor Horn. and it wasn`t long before she was the first female member of the school band. Heather then joined Mayfield Silver Band and was introduced to the world of contesting with both Mayfield and the school bands.

Following a few years break to follow her nursing career, moving away, studying etc. she started playing again and joined the Margate Silver Band, the Royal Naval Association Band (Ramsgate) and finally with persuation from Audrey Hards, now playes for the Snowdown Colliery Welfare Band. Heather also currently plays for the St. Peters and Broadstairs Concert Band

Heather says, `I have had tremendous pleasure in making music over the years and hope to continue for many more years to come.`

3rd Cornet :: Fred Hards

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Fred was born in Minster near Ramsgate and apart from only two years, he`s lived there all of his life. He belonged to the Salvation Army in Minster and was taught to play cornet by Bram White.

At the age of fourteen, Fred joined the Margate Silver Band where he stayed for thirty five years, and was chairman for a number of years. It was at Margate Silver Band where he met and married Audrey. They have now been married 44 years and have two sons.

Fred has taught many youngsters to play over the years and gets real joy when they start playing out in the band. He joined Snowdown Colliery Welfare Band almost fourteen years ago and enjoys the friendships he has with everyone in the band.

Fred also enjoys his garden, and says `He does his gardening in a fashion, but with two knee replacements watching him bend down is quite funny`. His hobbies (apart from music) is: Working with youngsters. Fred was a Cub leader for 16 years, and now helps run a youth club at the Minster Salvation Army for 10 - 18 year olds.
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Next 3 Gigs

18 August 2019
Hyde Park Bandstand, London

14 December 2019
St. Martins HC, Dover

22 December 2019
King Ethelbert Inn (Carols - small band)


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A. None, because the world revolves around them!