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Sabrina Brass was formed in the mid 70s originally as an instrumental teachers quintet. In 1980 it developed into a full brass band involving students, staff and other adult players under the direction of Mike Denny. In 1984 the training band was formed and Dave Heywood took over its leadership. From 1990 he conducted both bands until in 2001 Rebecca Heywood took over the training band. Currently, the main band is conducted by Andrew Maher and the training band is led by Sheila Hughes.
Sabrina has always had a high proportion of student players but over recent years it has attracted many more adult players and indeed, several of its former student players have returned to the band. In 1999 Sabrina became a registered charity and since then has been administered by an active and dedicated committee.
Sabrina supports many local charities and organisations by performing concerts, as well as organising its own concerts with guest artists from the local community and has performed on local radio. We have toured abroad on many occasions initially to our own twin town Zutphen in Holland, and then Prague, Malta and Mallorca. We visited Bournemouth and the Isle of Wight during Easter 2005, the Isle of Man during Easter 2008 and, most recently, we toured the Lake District during Easter 2009
Our repertoire consists of a varied programme, from traditional brass band works, wind band and orchestral arrangements to popular classics, music from the shows and film music, providing something for everyone.