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

Trombone Section

1st Trombone :: Phil Williams

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2nd Trombone :: Audrey Hards

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Audrey was born in the great city of York. She moved around quite a bit as a youngster and arrived at Greenock, in Scotland at the age of six. At the age of nine, Bandmaster Hoey taught her to play trombone at the Greenock Citadel Salvation Army.

Audrey moved to Margate when she was fifteen and joined the late Margate Silver Band of which she was Secretary for a number of years. Audrey was a member of the Margate Silver Band for 33 happy years and while there met Fred, her husband of 44 years. They have two sons.

Audrey joined the Snowdown Colliery Welfare Band almost fourteen years ago and says that the band are "a happy bunch".

Her hobbies are: Working with children, where she was Cub Akela for 16 years and now Salvation Army Youth Club at Minster; and being a member of the Ladies Section of the Royal British Legion and fund raising for local charities.

2nd Trombone :: Jonathan Russell

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Jonathan`s musical education began at the age of 8 when he started lessons on the piano. Shortly after, he took a large leap forward by becoming a chorister at Canterbury Cathedral Choir School, where as well as singing services for the next five 5 years, he also learnt to play the oboe and bassoon.

At secondary school in Norfolk he had the good fortune of obtaining organ lessons with the organist of Sandringham, eventually becoming the school organist. Ever since then he has been in hot demand as a village church organist wherever he has lived. Now as a retired Church of England Vicar he serves as a voluntary chaplain to the forces as well as one of the regular organists at the garrison church of St Mary-de-Castro in the grounds of Dover Castle.

For a very long time he yearned to play a brass instrument in a band, and eventually took up the trombone at the comparatively late age of 47. His excellent (and patient!) teacher was Keith Woodger, musical director of BAE Systems Brass Band based at Rochester. Despite having to travel long distances he was received into the band and for about 15 years played 2nd trombone, often sitting beside Phil who now plays at Snowdown.

In retirement and living near Dover, Jonathan very much enjoys playing 2nd and occasionally bass trombone. He admits that it is quite a moving and emotional experience too, because he once took a fascinating trip down the mine at Snowdown with a party of clergy. Also, his family originated from the Whitfield / Buckland area. His beloved grandfather was a Somerset miner who moved to Kent in 1915 and worked down the Tilmanstone mine.

Bass Trombone :: Alan Howard

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Next 3 Gigs

14 December 2018
St. Finbarrs Church, Aylesham - joint Christmas Concert with SCW Choir

15 December 2018
Masonic Temple, Canterbury - small band

16 December 2018
Aylesham Baptist church carols
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