Saltash Town

History

Saltash Town Band was originally formed in 1919 after the First World War, at the Working Men's Club in Saltash. The band was active until the outbreak of the Second World War. Unfortunately, all the band's instruments and equipment were placed on a barge moored in the River Tamar and were lost during a bombing raid!

It was not until 1974 that moves were made to reform the band. The first rehearsal of the newly formed band was held on 18th June 1975, which is now regarded as the band's birthday.

Under the baton of David Dobson, the band were Cornish Fourth Section Champions in 2001, winning their section at the Cornwall Brass Band Association contest held in the Hall for Cornwall in Truro. They also became West of England Fourth Section Champions in the same year, winning their section at the regional contest held in Torquay, and enjoyed a well deserved seventh place in the national finals held in Preston - their first ever appearance at a National Finals event.

More recently, the band has started to contest again after an hiatus of several years and through hard work with Robert Julian as conductor has been brought from a lowly last place in 2014 to work up the ranks to our current position.

Saltash Town Band attended the WEBBA Regional Championships on 11th March 2017 and were incredibly proud to come 2nd out of 20 bands. We also qualified to attend the National Finals at Cheltenham in September.


Principal Players

Principal Cornet - Lauren Thomas

Soprano - Martyn Townson

Principal Euphonium - Roger Fulcher

Principal Eb Bass - Dillon Chinn

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