Castletown Metropolitan Silver Band

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History

The Castletown Metropolitan Silver Band has been in existence since 1896, and in fact actually existed prior to this under a different name.

Two amusing booklets, outlining the early days of the band were produced by the late Dennis Spooner, these can be obtained from the Band Secretary at £6 per set, including postage, telephone Simon Court on 823950 or email simon.court@gov.im

Purpose

The band exists for the benefit of its members, who are interested in music and brass bands . The band derives great satisfaction when it is able to discourse music for the benefit of its supporters and the general public.

Rehearsal and Venue

The band rehearses on Sunday evenings at 7pm and Tuesday evenings at 7.30pm. The venue is the Band Room in Queen Street, Castletown. Visitors always most welcome. Please telephone Band Secretary  823950 or email simon.court@gov.im prior to visit to ensure rehearsal is being held.

Instruments

The band comprises of the following instruments:

  • Soprano Cornet
  • Solo Bb Cornet
  • Repiano Cornet
  • 2nd and 3rd Cornet
  • Eb Horns
  • Bb Baritones
  • Trombones
  • Euphoniums
  • Eb & Bb Bombardens
  • Percussion

New Members

New Members are always made most welcome. In the first instance an approach should be made to Band Secretary, Simon Court on 823950 or email simon.court@gov.im

Instruments are available for new members.

Beginners and junior players

Beginners of any age are most welcome and should contact Band Secretary, Simon Court telephone 823950 or email simon.court@gov.im

Instruments are available to suitable applicants and full training can be provided, with the ultimate aim of integrating new players into the main band at the earliest opportunity.

Engagement Lists

The band maintains a Supporters Club database, and copies of the engagement lists are issued  at regular intervals. For inclusion on this list please contact the Band Secretary as above.

Engagements

The engagements undertaken are very varied, and include Parades, Church services, tourist concerts, concerts for charity. To engage the band please contact Band Secretary as above and follow with a letter requesting the band’s services.

Band Officials 2009

Musical Director Mr Rodney Evans
Deputy Musical Director Mr Robert Astill
Hon. Secretary Mr Simon Court Tel 823950
Hon. Treasurer Ms Helen Kinvig
Hon. Librarian Mr Robert Astill
Junior Band Trainer Mr Robert Astill Tel 823976
Official Compere Mr William Kneale
Inventories Mr Pat Collins Tel 825341

Band Trustees

Mr Norman Gale, 113a Friary Park, Ballabeg

Mr Ian Qualtrough,  Douglas Street, Castletown