We are excited to let you know that the Heathfield Silver Band is looking to recruit new members. Under the new musical directorship of Michael Pilley, we are expanding and would like to hear from players particularly in the following sections:
Perhaps you haven’t picked up an instrument for a while and would like to get back into playing? Perhaps you have started to learn recently and would like a new challenge? Contact us if you are interested, whatever your level of experience. We have instruments to lend if you need one.
We rehearse on Tuesday evenings from 7.30 - 9.30pm in our own rehearsal room, and we have a training band on the same evening from 6.30pm if you would like to brush up your technique. We have a number of performances lined up which you are most welcome to come along to; they are listed on our website, and we hope to see you soon.
Contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: 01435 817201
All About Heathfield Silver Band
The precise year that the band was formed in Heathfield still remains uncertain.
For a short period of 2-3 years around the turn of the century, the band was an important part of the Heathfield detachment of the 2nd Royal Sussex Volunteer Corp. Duties included annual camp at Lydd, where besides playing reveille and for parades they entertained the troops. But by 1901 this military commitment became difficult and he band withdrew and became a civilian band again.
The success of the band in the early 1920’s attracted a wider interest and a Committee of local businessmen were formed which put the band on a more organised footing. It is from 1928 that the band’s written records date. The early minutes and accounts books make extremely interesting reading.
In 1977 the band was granted Charitable Status (no. 273068) with the aim of actively promoting and teaching brass band instruments/music for the community.
In modern days, the band has kept up with the changing tastes of music whilst still performing popular band classics to those that love them. The band performs at many engagements each year to raise the funds needed to enable the band to continue its commitment to offer tuition to anyone wishing to learn, regardless of means or ability. The band is a very friendly and relaxed band with members between the ages of eight and their eighties!