Hatherleigh Silver

History

The Hatherleigh Town Band was formed some time before 1909 but disbanded with the outbreak of the Second World War, and from then through to the 1960s very little is known about their activities.

During the 1960s and early 1970s, Bill Crocker, took over as MD and considerably raised the profile of the Band. In 1983, Robin Wonnacott, Hatherleigh born and bred, was appointed Musical Director and continued to improve the standard of the Band making them the envy of the area.

The Band's first ever qualification for the National Brass Band Championships was 1994 and the finals were held at the Wembley Conference Centre. They were promoted to the Third Section in 1995.

The Band, under the baton of Adrian Edwards from 2001 enjoyed continued success: in November 2009 the band were crowned SWBBA 4th Section Champions.

The band came second place in 2010 and first place in 2011 at the West of England Regional Contest securing a place at the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain two years running. Promotion to the 3rd Section was gained due to the run of excellent results.

After much change the band didn’t contest for a while but came back in the 4th Section with their young Musical Director Matthew Green (a Royal Marine Bandsman) and at their first contest with him in November 2015 they came second. At the West of England Regional Contest in 2016 the band, due to the enthusiasm of their MD gave a spirited performance winning the 4th section and a place at the National Championships.

The following November SWBBA 2016 Contest in Torquay the band were just pipped into second place but came back to the West of England Regional Championships and played No 1. After starting with a rousing National Anthem the band went on to throw down the musical gauntlet and after hearing 21 band, the adjudicators placed the band that played No 1 as the winners of the section securing Hatherleigh Silver Band’s place in the National Finals once more.

Returning to Cheltenham this year after achieving 3rd place in Section 4 2016. Total of 4 previous Nationals appearances (all S4). After qualifying for S4 1994 (first time in their history), had to wait 16 years to qualify again (S4 2010).

 


Principal Players

Principal Cornet: Michael Boother
Soprano: Richard McLaughlin
Flugel: Sophie Winearls
Solo Horn: Karen Squire
Solo Baritone: Jim Reynolds
Solo Trombone: Robert Barkwell
Solo Euph: Rachel Richards
Solo Eb Bass: Louisa Mitchell
Principal Percussion: Mark Hambly

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