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Castletown Metropolitan Silver Band

BAND HISTORY

The Castletown Metropolitan Silver Band has been in existence since 1896, and in fact actually existed prior to this under a different name. There is much historical information available, which can be obtained from the Band Historian. Two amusing booklets, outlining the early days of the band, have been produced by Dennis Spooner and can be obtained from the Band Secretary, at 6 per set, inclusive of postage.

PURPOSE

The band exists for the benefit of its members, who are interested in music and brass bands and of increasing their ability and knowledge. The band also derives satisfaction when it is able to discourse music for the benefit of its supporters and the public at large.

REHEARSAL AND VENUE

The band rehearse on Sunday evenings at 7pm and Tuesday evenings at 7.30pm. The venue is the "Queen Street Mission Hall", Queen Street, Castletown. Visitors always most welcome.

The Band at Victoria Road School fair

MUSIC CASSETTE TAPE

The band recorded a cassette tape in 1996 to mark its Centenary. The tape is called " Centenary Celebration" and features much Isle of Man Music together with concert favourites from over the years. The ever popular and evocative Ellan Vannin folk song is included. The tape is available from the Band Secretary, priced at 6 inclusive of packing and postage.

INSTRUMENTATION

The band comprises the following instrumentation:

  • Soprano Cornet
  • Solo Bb Cornets
  • Repiano Cornets
  • 2nd and 3rd Cornets
  • Eb Horns
  • Bb Baritones
  • Trombones
  • Bass Trombone
  • Euphoniums
  • Eb Bombarden
  • Bb Bombarden

Percussion Instruments are available for new members and beginners.

NEW MEMBERS

New members are always made most welcome. In the first instance an approach should be made to the Band Secretary. Instruments are available for new members.

BEGINNERS

Beginners are most welcome, and should contact:

Bob Astill,
7 Close Rushen,
Castletown,
Isle of Man,
British Isles
Tel: (+44) 1624 823976.

Juniors and adults accepted. Instruments available to suitable applicants.

ENGAGEMENT LISTS

The band maintain a database of supporters, who receive band engagement lists and information at regular intervals. For inclusion on this please contact the band secretary.

ENGAGEMENTS

The engagements undertaken are very varied, and include Parades and church services, tourist concerts, concerts for charity. To engage the band please contact Band Secretary Simon Court tele 01624823950 in the first instance and then follow with a letter requesting the services of the band.

Band Officers 2000


Band Secretary Band Historian
Simon Court,
10 Farrants Park,
Castletown,
Isle of Man,
British Isles,
Tel: 01624 823950

Dennis Spooner
Dene Hay
Athol Park
Port Erin
Isle of Man
Tel: 01624 834800

 
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