Rolls Royce (Derby)


Rolls-Royce (Derby) Band was founded in 1935 and performed its first concert the following year in the grounds of the Rolls-Royce Welfare.  The band soon became a regular concert attraction in the local area and further afield.  In past years, the band have taken part in The Lord Mayor of London Parade, entertained royalty, and played at Blenheim Palace, Althorp House, Chatsworth House, other country estates and various seaside resorts.  Today the band performs regularly to appreciative audiences throughout the surrounding area. 

Initially open only to employees of Rolls-Royce, the band now welcomes all players, but still rehearses at the Rolls-Royce Leisure Association in its dedicated bandroom.  Since winning second place at its first ever contest in Leicester in 1936, the band has competed regularly, with mixed results, enjoying a period of particular success in the late 60s and early 70s, the highlight being 2nd place in the 1967 Third Section National Finals. 

Since 2006, playing under the baton of Graham Cardwell, the band has enjoyed increasing success, working its way up from the Fourth Section to this year’s first place result in the Midlands Third Section Championships, scoring several wins at the LBBA and Bolsover contests along the way.  The band now looks forward to the challenge of the Second Section in 2018.  

First appearance at Nationals since Section 4 1991. Total of only 3 previous National appearances. After qualifying for S3 in successive years 1967-1968 (and gaining 2nd and 3rd place respectively), they had to wait 23 years to qualify again (S4 1991), then wait another 26 years for 2017! Highest Nationals placing of 2nd (S3 1967). Most recent appearance at S3 was 1968.


Principal Players

Principal cornet: Andrew Sharpe
Soprano cornet: Gary Stokes
Repiano cornet: Abigail Flynn
Flugel horn: Yvonne Redfern
Solo horn: Heather Horsley
Solo euphonium: Ryan Garton
First baritone: Ian Sleeman
First trombone: Mark Arnot
Principal Eb bass: Rob Howarth
Principal Bb bass: Dave Lucas
Principal percussionist: Jeff Shaw