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Whitstable Brass

Whitstable Brass was formed in October 1977 with 21 dedicated musicians and 12 privately owned instruments. Through help and support from surrounding bands we were able to borrow instruments to start performing immediately and a library of music was gradually accumulated. Currently the number of engagements, both fee-paying and charity, averages 30.

We consider Whitstable Brass to be a training band and right from the beginning individual instruction has been given by senior members of the Band to those young (or not-so-young) wishing to learn music and play a brass instrument. This teaching is offered for the sole purpose of providing a continuing source of members for the Band and all youngsters take Grade 2 music examination on their chosen instrument to reach the basic standard required for membership. Instruments, uniforms and music stands are provided on loan to all members.

We have represented our town and country abroad as part of the local twinning organisation and have formed very close links with Musikapelle Burlo, our counterparts from Whitstable's twin town of Borken in west Germany. We have hosted and visited three times and also hosted a visit from the Chorgruppe Kemper, a 50-strong Male Voice Choir, who delighted a large audience at a joint concert with the Band in St. Alphege Church. All these exchange visits promote friendship and provide valuable experience, both musically and socially, especially for our young people. Team spirit, enthusiasm, education and enjoyment of all aspects of music-making are the main factors that have enabled Whitstable Brass to become a well established, popular representative of the town who, through the hard work and farsightedness of its founders, can look forward to a secure and happy future with confidence.

To date, the Band currently has 29 members, ranging in age from 11 to 85 years. We are very proud of our reputation of being a friendly Band and details of any aspect of the Band's activities can be obtained from The Band's Secretary by phoning 07743474180 or Rehearsals are held each Tuesday at St. Andrew's Church, Grimshill Road, Whitstable from 7.30 - 9.30pm and everyone is welcome!