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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

Principal Euphonium :: Mike Sole

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Mike joined the band at age 10,and played cornet,then Soprano cornet, then at age 14 joined the Royal Marines Band Service and attended the School of Music in Deal,where he was taught Euphonium and \'Cello, before serving in various band\'s, including over 2 years on board the Aircraft Carrier H.M.S.Ark Royal,and a final 5 years in the Staff Band in Deal. There then came a break of 25 years from music before starting again in 2002. He re-joined Snowdown Band in 2007 on Trombone and took up the Principal Euphonium chair in 2009. Mike\'s biggest regret is the 25 years lost playing.

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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All Saints Church, Graveney

05 May 2019
TBC - Broadstairs Bandstand

08 June 2019
Folkestone Bandstand, The Leas, Folkestone


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Q. What do trumpet players use for birth control?
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