Bethan Evans, Reporter
Thursday, May 2, 2013
WESTON Brass members are preparing to celebrate their 50th anniversary by staging a brand new concert.
The band has seen a few name changes since its formation in 1963, when it began as the Weston Silver Band.
It was formed with the help of musicians Fred Trego and Charlie Hill, along with other key bandsmen, including Ron Jackson.
The group’s name changed again to Weston Concert Band then finally to Weston Brass, as members felt this honoured the traditions of the brass band movement.
Weston Brass’ first concert took place as it bid farewell to the last steamer of the season at Birnbeck Pier.
It quickly went on to tour to Germany and Luxembourg and has delivered hundreds of performances all over Somerset.
The band, which is a registered charity, is self-supporting and all income from concerts, subscriptions and donations go towards keeping up with its finances.
To help recruit new players, a flourishing, free training band is run under the direction of Steve Howard.
He said: “It is vital the band recruits younger members, and this way, we can provide a wonderful environment for anyone wishing to learn.”
The band is staging a celebratory concert in the Winter Gardens on May 11 at 7.30pm, which will be directed by Tony Osborne.
He said: “I am continually amazed at the dedication and standard of the band. It will be a night for meeting old friends, reminiscing and looking forward to the next 50 years.”
Tickets, priced £5.50-6.50, are available from the box office on 01934 645544.