Croft Silver


Croft Silver Band has been entertaining audiences across Leicestershire for more than 100 years and is based in the village of Croft, Leicestershire. Formerly known as the Croft Brass and Reed Band formed in 1913, the band was forced to close in 1914 due to the outbreak of World War One. Eventually in 1918 after the hostilities had ceased, some of the former members decided that they would restart the Band under a new name, this time to be called Croft Brass Band, conducted by Billy Hutchinson. The band later became known as Croft Silver Band and the rest is history. Our musical director is Ian Needham (Ned). He and his wife Gina (Band Manager) have been heavily involved in the running of the band since he took over as MD. Ned has a comprehensive history of music and has brought many pupils through to a high standard of playing; many going on to join other bands and enjoying success themselves. Ian took the band to the National Finals in 2008 and again is proud to bring the band the National Finals at Cheltenham this year after qualifying at the Leicestershire Area contest. This is a great opportunity for the band and has rewarded the commitment and effort that everyone has put in.

Principal Players

Soprano Cornet – Lauren Brunt

Repiano Cornet – Emily Wheelhouse

Principle Cornet – Phil Rowsell

Flugelhorn – Melissa Rowsell

Solo Horn – Susan Williamson

Solo Baritone – Alex Bland

Solo Euphonium – Julie Brunt

Solo Trombone – Felix Clayton

Solo Eb Bass – Roger Williamson

Solo Bb Bass – Henry Dunger