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Promoted to the Championsip

March 14, 2019

The swcomms Band is pleased to announce that following our results at the West of England Brass Band Association Regionals on Saturday,  March 9th, we have been promoted to the Championship section. This is a great achievement for the band, making us the first ever Devon Championship section band.


Of course, this could not have been achieved without the support and dedication of countless people, not least players past and present.


We must  also recognise the contribution of musical directors past and present. The most recent journey started 20 odd years ago by Charlie Fleming, who took the band from the 4th section to the 1st section. It is fitting therefore that Charlie was on stage with us playing percussion. 


We have also recently had guidance from a number of friends including Phillip Harper, Steve Sykes, Sam Hairsine and Matt Green.


The musical direction of Chris Spreadbury is where most of the credit must fall, and it is a shame that this should be taken as the formal announcement that the Regionals was Chris’s last engagement with us as musical director. We would like to truly thank him and offer him the best of wishes for his new life in London.


Finally, as ever, we must thank our generous sponsors swomms. Their continued support puts us in a very privileged position. We really could not exist as we do without it.

Proud band backs Meghan

August 08, 2018

Our rising star Meghan Newbery attended the National Children’s Brass Band in Derbyshire under the musical directorship of Professor Nicholas Child’s from Black Dyke.

 

Following highly competitive auditions, the week-long residential course culminated in a concert for family, friends and the public.

 

As ever, the swcomms Band is proud of Meghan’s achievements and are thrilled to think we are playing a part in her musical development from humble beginnings in the Lympstone Training Band.

Individual success in Bugle

June 16, 2018

The swcomms Band travelled to Bugle in Cornwall for the annual West of England Bandsmen's Festival on Saturday, June 16th.
 

This involved a march through the town by all competing bands, a contest throughout the day in the Training, Youth, Fourth, Third, Second and First Sections, finishing with the Championship Section bands. 

 

In most sections, each band must play two set pieces. This year, despite being in the First Section, the band decided to test themselves by entering the Championship Section, playing the set pieces Jubilee March by P Drury and Isiah 40 by R Redhead. 

 

For our march, we opted for the classic Slaidburn by Rimmer. 

 

The band were more than satisfied with how they played, and felt that 4th out of 5 was a fair reflection. 

 

What wasn't expected was to win a number of solo prizes with best solo cornet of the day and best solo cornet in section - both being shared by principal Andy Stark and rising star Meghan Newbury - and best euphonium of the day - won by Les Pearse. 
 

Thanks as always go to our musical director Chris Spreadbury.

New trophy cabinet

March 19, 2018

The band now has a home for all its silverware!

This trophy cabinet used to be a feature in the reception area of the Exeter headquarters of swcomms, the band's long-term sponsor.

Now up in the band room in Lympstone and filled with the band's trophies, it looks like it has found a good home.

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