The band recorded their first CD this weekend which will be on sale very soon. The Band would like to send a LARGE thank you to the following people for lending their talents to the band and aiding in the recording: Paul – Eb Bass Sue – 2nd Trombone and Percussion David – Solo Trombone Alan – Bb Bass The Band would also like to thank our very own Suzie for arranging for the DCF’s Hall (Deal Christian Fellowship) as the venue for the recording. Finally a big thanks to Andy Horne of Deal Swerve Digital for recording the CD.
Kevin Spencer has been awarded a Diploma in Conducting after a lot of hard work. He can now append the letters LLCM after his name. The band congratulates Kevin on his acheivement.
A dedicated website for the Snowdown Colliery Welfare Brass Band has now been developed by Ritchie Fraser. The Band formally had a collection of pages as part of Ritchie’s personal website at www.rpfraser.uklinux.net (No longer available). These pages have been split and developed solely for the Band into a site dedicated to the Snowdown Colliery Welfare Band.
The conductor of Snowdown Colliery Welfare Band, Micheal Brimson, resigned yesterday after three years in the position. The band thank him for his time and efforts to improve the band, and wish him all the best in his new endeavours. Unfortunately, this means that the band, is again looking for a new conductor. Anyone who is interested should contact the Chairman or the Band Secretary (See the About > Contacts page)
Kevin Spencer returns to his position as Conductor of Snowdown Colliery Welfare Band with renewed vigour and enthusiasm. Kevin, who conducted the band a few years ago, had to step down due to other commitments. We, the band, welcome him back, and hope that he will enjoy conducting us again.
Congratulations to Joanne and Jon Gunne on the birth of thier daughter Katie. Born on or around the 5/6th December.
The conducter has shuffled some of the players of the band to new positions, to bolster sections and boost individual confidence levels. Richard moves from Euphonium to 1st Baritone. Gordon moves from Soprano to Euphonium. Wendy moves from 1st Cornet to Flugal and John moves from Flugal to Solo Horn.
The music is as good as ever and Snowdown Colliery Welfare Brass Band members now look extra smart in new jackets. For years they were dressed in blue but now they are going for a fresh more comfortable look. Their “Officers Mess”-type outfits are cut slightly longer than waist coats. They are mainly black with blue on the lapels and around the cuffs. There is gold braid around the cuffs and collar. The band bought 25 uniforms, costing a total of £4,137, from a specialist firm in Leeds, R J Handley, which made jackets for the film “Brassed Off”. Help came from Dover District Council”s Single Regeneration Budget funding via the Community Chest which gave £2,068 towards the jackets. Help with the coats was very important. We would have eventually afforded them, but certainly not this soon and perhaps not of this high quality. We are very grateful. Treasurer and cornet player Suzy Tigwell The jackets have transformed the appearance of the band, boosted our confidence and made us more professional. Band Chairman Andrew Woodward The band, formed in 1929 entirely of miners from Snowdown Colliery, plays at about 30 events a year, mainly in East Kent, raising money for… Read more“Bold as Brass in Smart New Band Jackets”