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Knighton Town Silver Band
Knighton has had a band since the beginning of the 20th Century, but it ceased during the Second World War. In 1944, several band members decided to reform the old band. Under the guidance of Tommy Thomas, the previous conductor, the band formed as Knighton Town Brass Band, and made its first public appearance, leading a parade of civil defence personnel. In 1947 the band changed its title to Knighton Town Silver Band, after purchasing silver plated instruments.
Thanks to Tommy's hard work and enthusiasm, the band continued to develop and grow. He carried on conducting the band well into his eighties, only being forced into retirement, due to ill health.
The band now draws players from towns and villages within a 30 mile radius of Knighton, covering Shropshire, Herefordshire and Powys.
In 2002, the band travelled to the Mosel Valley in Germany, to play in its first overseas tour, under the leadership of David Wilson. This trip was so successful, that the band has since travelled to Belgium twice, and the Netherlands. Several public concerts and performances were held in these countries, one of the most poignant being the world famous Menin Gate, at Ypres, Belgium.
The band produced its first ever CD in 2006, to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of its reformation, under the direction of MD Mike Amplett.
Also under Mike's guidance, the band performed in two 4th section contests – the West Midlands Area, at Leamington Spa in November 2007. This was followed by the Welsh Area Championships, in Swansea, in March 2008. Both performances received encouraging comments and marks from the adjudicators.
Following Mike’s resignation in September 2008, previous MD David Wilson stepped in as a temporary leader. Shortly afterwards the Band was fortunate enough to be conducted by Steve Edwards from Newtown. During that time the Band enjoyed a wealth of varied music and appreciated Steve’s expert guidance. Steve retired in August 2014 and KTSB is now taken by Sarah Freeman.
Sarah Freeman is a music honours graduate with a wealth of experience teaching brass and training youth bands in the Birmingham area. After moving to Dolau Sarah began teaching the local schools, joined KTSB on front row cornet and later became deputy conductor. Sarah has recently taken over the training of the band’s youngsters and it is hoped that the joint baton will ensure a smooth transition from Training Band to Main Band.