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

Euphoniums and Baritones

2nd Euphonium :: Ritchie Fraser

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Ritchie learned to play Euphonium whilst at studying at Deal Secondary School under the tutelage of David Parks, ex Royal Marines Bandsman, for three years and then under Ivor Thomas, Bass Player for Betteshanger Brass Band, for one year.

Upon leaving school, he played 2nd Baritone in the Betteshanger Brass Band for two years whilst attending college.

In 1995, after a seven year break from playing Ritchie was, quite by accident, asked if he knew of any brass players that were available to play. An invite to play for the Snowdown Colliery Welfare Band quickly ensued. At first he played 3rd Euphonium and over the following six years slowly moved seats left ward until he inherited the Principal Euphonium position where he stayed for 3 years.

In February 2009 he moved to 2nd Eb Horn and shuffled seats again to Solo Horn.

1st Baritone :: Margaret Finemore

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Mini bio coming soon...

2nd Baritone :: Isabella Davies-Wolfe

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Coming soon

2nd Baritone :: Trevor Chapman

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Trevor learned to play the piano until going to secondary school and then had no further contact with live music until has daughter learned to play the trumpet at Walmer School and then cornet when she joined the Snowdown Band.

After several years taking his daughter to the band practices twice a week, he was persuaded to try playing himself and has since played 2nd Baritone.

Having taken up a brass instrument relatively late in life, Trevor says ?this band position fully stretches his limited abilities but he still finds playing and the social side of the band very enjoyable.
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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)


Band Humour

Q. How many trumpet players does it take to change a lightbulb?
A. Five. One to change the bulb and four to contemplate how Louie Armstrong would have done it.