Helston Town

History

It is for their association with the famous Flora Day, when they lead dancers through the streets, shops and houses of Helston, for which the band will forever be synonymous.

They have a rich heritage; some members boast family connections extending back four generations and such unprecedented long- service makes the feel of the band special. Mark Williams, Martin Pascoe, Keith Busby, Ian Harvey and Lester Ashton have been involved for over forty years, yet it remains to be seen if they can match the distinguished record of Russell Harvey, who has received national recognition for his continuous service since 1944.

When pre- war members returned, the band progressed, reaching the National Third Section Finals, at Belle Vue, in 1951. Then, under the direction of Edward Ashton, they had numerous successes in local and regional contests, over a period of 35 years.

With renowned Euphonium soloist, John Hitchens, as Musical Director, in 2004 the band earned promotion to the First Section and in 2006 they won the First Section regional contest, earning a place at the National Finals. The band once again regained the First Section title, in 2008. They were promoted to the Championship Section, for the first time, the following year.

Kevin Johns became Musical Director in 2016. In March, Professional Conductor, John Berryman, took the band to the Area Contest, where they were placed third. With Kevin and John at the helm, band members look forward to an exciting time ahead and are delighted to be playing at Cheltenham.

First Nationals appearance since 2008 (Section 1), where they achieved their highest Nationals placing of 4th. Total of 8 previous Nationals appearances. Most recent appearance at S2 was 1989. 


Principal Players

Principal Cornet - Philip Bennetts
Soprano Cornet - Sean Sjoholm
Repiano Cornet - Lowenna Thrussell
Flugel Horn - Kirsty Anderson
Solo Horn - Lisa Sara
Solo Baritone - Shaun Carter
Solo Euphonium - Kevin Johns
Solo Trombone - Lester Ashton
Solo Eb Bass - Nathan Toothill
Solo Bb Bass - Jonathan Bond
Principal Percussionist - Ben Martin

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