The original Shanklin Town Brass Band was founded in the 1800’s; however, the present band was formed by Malcolm Lewis, and his wife Karen when they moved to the Isle of Wight in 1993. The initial rehearsal consisted of only four players, but today’s band comprises a senior & a Youth band, plus an intermediate section, together with a thriving Brass Academy.
The band regularly competes in the West Of England Regionals, and also in The Southern Counties Brass Band Association spring and autumn contests. Recent success includes 3rd place 4th Section at the Nationals (2016), and 2nd place 3rd Section at S.C.B.B.A. (2016)
The Band is very community orientated and regularly appears across the Island to help raise money for other organisations, and as a result was granted Charity Status in 2011. Around 10 years ago the local council leased the band a dilapidated; Grade II listed building as their rehearsal room with the proviso that the band undertook its renovation.
Situated in Shanklin’s picturesque Rylstone Gardens opposite the band room is Rylstone Bandstand where concerts organised by Shanklin Band featuring both themselves, as well as other local and mainland brass bands, take place throughout the summer months.
In 2015, as a result of its charitable work, its involvement with young persons, and its concern for the local heritage, the Shanklin Town Brass Band was presented with the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award granted to Charity Organisations.
This is Shanklin Town's first ever appearance at a Nationals, having failed to qualify in 15 previous West of England Area appearances. Achieved qualification this year by coming 3rd.
Principal Cornet - Kevin Noble
Principal Horn - Charlotte Lewis
Principal Trombone - Dan Reynolds
Principal Euphonium - Karen Lewis
Principal Eb Bass - Ryan Jones
Principal Bb Bass - Tony Radic