About our Band

 

 

HEATHFIELD SILVER BAND

Registered Charity 273068

 

About our band

The Heathfield Silver Band has been in existence since 1888 and has rehearsed in the same band room since the 1930s. We were able to purchase the band room in 1955 for the princely sum of £255, which helped to secure the future of the band. In 1977 the band was granted Charitable Status with the aim of actively promoting and teaching brass band instruments/music for the community. The band performs at many engagements each year to raise the funds needed to enable the band to continue its commitment to offer free 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! We have a training band that allows new members to improve their playing abilities to a point where they are confident to join the main band.

 

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Our President and Treasurer:

Mostyn Cornford

Mostyn’s son Peter, who played in the band at the time, persuaded Mostyn to come along to an engagement and bang the bass drum. He had no intention of staying but that was nearly four decades ago! Now in his seventies, Mostyn is still banging the drum but also plays a variety of percussion instruments. Mostyn has also been the Band Treasurer for well over 30 years. At the start of the 21st Century, Mostyn saw the need to enlarge the band room as, at this time, the band room lacked a water supply and toilet facilities. As he was a builder by trade, he set about drawing up plans and obtaining planning permission to enlarge the building. The plans were to provide extra accommodation and facilities such as a toilet and small kitchen. Mostyn then set about building the new improved band room himself, with the help of willing volunteers from the band. The works were completed in 2005 and the enlarged band room was officially opened by Mr David Dimbleby. Mostyn’s hard work has provided a more comfortable environment to practise in and hopefully will be used for many years to come. Mostyn is still playing in the band and became President in 2016.

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Following long service to the Heathfield Silver Band it was decided, in 2012,

to appoint two Honorary Lifetime Vice Presidents,

Ernest Sherlock and Ted Lee.

 

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Musical Director:

Sarah Leeves

Sarah joined the Band at the age of 10 when she was spontaneously taken along to a rehearsal by a family friend! Her interest blossomed and, whilst at Heathfield Community College, she played in the National Youth Wind Orchestra and went on to study Euphonium at the Royal Northern College of Music. Since then she has been a full time brass teacher in Brighton & Hove, and is well known as a conductor and trombone and euphonium player, around and about Sussex. Sarah has embraced the idea that brass bands are not just for brass band enthusiasts but that, when playing for the general public, lively popular music is what will take passing trade and turn it into an appreciative audience. This is most apparent when you see the public jigging away to the band at events like Heathfield Le Marché (French Market), where the band is a fixture every year.

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Band Secretary:

Mallory Hansford

Mallory joined the Band in 2009 on cornet as a complete novice. She has now moved over to tenor horn and continues to enjoy playing. She is proof that you are never too old to learn something new!! As Band Secretary she enjoys organising the engagements and the “people” part of the job, so if you need any information on the Heathfield Silver Band then she's the one to contact.

 

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Chairman:

Richard Leeves

Richard is a well known figure around Heathfield, having farmed in the area for many years. Richard has been involved with the band since 1990. When the position of Chairman became vacant, the band looked outside of the organisation to fulfil this role and Richard was elected Chairman in 2005.

 

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Librarian:

Ted Lee

Ted joined the band in 1952, making him the longest serving member of the band. Ted was recognised for his long service to banding by SCABBA in 2002. Ted took on the job of librarian in 1968 and continues to this day.