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March 2014

Last Sunday (9th March) the band travelled to the Riviera Centre in Torquay to compete in the West Of England Regional Championships.  After working very hard to perfect the Area Second Section testpiece, Chaucer's Tunes, unfortunately the band's performance on the day did not find favor with adjudicators Mike Kilroy and Steve Pritchard-Jones and was placed a very disappointing 12th.  Results can be found here: www.4barsrest.com  
The band are not discouraged by this - this is banding and results don't always turn out the way you expect!

However, the band are always looking forward and are determined to return to their previous run of excellent contest results by competing at the West Of England Bandsman's Festival at Bugle in June. Before this, they have an engagement at Tywardreath Church to complete and a new programme of music to learn before the busy Summer season begins!  We hope to see you at an engagement soon!

February 2014

The band are currently working hard to prepare the testpiece, Chaucer's Tunes, by Michael Ball for the West of England Regional Finals next month.  We are pleased to announce a handful of new signings already this year!  We have welcomed Kevin Brush on Bb Bass, Duncan Armitage on Eb Bass, young talent Lia Teague on 3rd Cornet, Jenna Congdon on 2nd Baritone and Christine Knight on Soprano.  The band are delighted to have strengthened their ranks and are looking forward to a busy, successful 2014!

October 2013

The band had a great day at the CBBA Contest on October 12th, held at Falmouth Methodist Church.  After a solid performance of the chosen testpiece Purcell Variations, the band were placed third.  Our congratulations go to the winning band, St. Austell.  

Bugle Silver Band now look forward to their festive engagements to finish the year.  We are now also taking bookings for 2014; contact our engagement secretary, Jacky Smith for further details.

October 2013

Over the last few weeks, the band have been busy preparing their choice of testpiece, Purcell Variations, to compete in the Second Section of the CBBA contest on 12th October.  This has been a fantastic piece to rehearse and to listen to, and all players are looking forward to the performance under MD Jeremy Willcock.  Follow our day at the contest on our Twitter feed.

This will be the last contest for the band until next year's Area contest, but is certainly not the last of its performances of 2013.  More concerts will be listed in our Engagements section shortly, including the first of our "Friends, Patrons and Sponsors" concerts and our many Christmas concerts.  Keep an eye on the website to find out where to see the band in concert near you.

September 2013

The band are pleased to announce that all seats are now filled, having signed four new players over the last part of the Summer Season.  

Matthew Jordan, Principal Cornet from St. Austell Youth Band, joins us on Front Row and has already completed several engagements with the band.  The other three signings are all from one musical family - The Joy Family.  Daughter Ellie has taken up the Flugel seat, while Mum Jayne will be playing 3rd Cornet and Dad Nigel helping out on trombone.  We hope that all of our new players enjoy their time at Bugle, and know that their talent will help Bugle to continue to progress!

Profiles, photos and videos will follow soon, so keep an eye on the Meet The Band section!

July 2013

Bugle Silver Band would like to wish good luck to one of their main sponsors, Dignity Funerals, on the opening of their new branch at St Blazey, and band member Jacky Smith who will be the Funeral Director of this branch.

Jacky has recently been promoted to Tutti Cornet after a long spell of playing Repiano for the band.  This has allowed the band to promote promising young player, Grace Thomas, to the position of Repiano Cornet.  Bugle Silver Band are delighted to be able to nurture young brass talent, and are very proud to have several players from the local youth bands progressing through the ranks at the moment. 

June 2013

Just a matter of weeks after the launch of our new website, we have welcomed over 1000 visitors to the online home of Bugle Silver Band!  We are delighted that visitors from as far afield as France, Canada, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Malaysia, Denmark, Spain, Jamaica, Israel, the Phillipines, China, Malta, Sweden, the Netherlands and Germany have paid us a visit.  We also have a very high visitor count from the USA!  Welcome to all of our visitors - We hope you enjoy looking around our site, and please feel free to email us if you would like any further information about the band: buglesilverband@yahoo.co.uk

June 2013

Bugle Silver Band are delighted to welcome Duncan Armitage to the band on E Flat Bass.  Duncan joins us after moving to the village from Rochdale, where he previously played with the Rochdale Citadel Band.  We wish Duncan a long and happy association with the band.  Keep an eye on the "Meet The Band" section for his profile, coming soon!

June 2013

Bugle Silver Band made their annual visit to the West of England Bandsmen's Festival (Bugle Band Contest) on Saturday 15th June, where they continued to challenge themselves by entering the First Section.  The band gave fantastic performances of adjudicator Phillip Harper's "Kingdom of Dragons" and march, "Flying Eagle".  Despite the very windy conditions on stage, the players and conductor Jeremy Willcock were delighted with the performance.  

Phillip Harper awarded the band second place in both the March and the Test Piece, just behind Lanner and District (who have been promoted to the Championship Section for 2014).  The band were all thrilled with the result, and are now very much looking forward to getting back to the bandroom to rehearse the Summer concert program.  The band also received second place in the Deportment section, sporting their new uniforms and march cards.

First section results were:

1. Lanner and District (191 pts) 1. Lanner and District (190 pts)
2. Bugle Silver (189 pts) 2. Bugle Silver (189 pts)
3. St. Pinnock (187 pts) 3. St. Pinnock (187 pts)

Visit the BUGLE TV page to see the band's performances at WEBF 2013, or click HERE for full contest results.

Congratulations also go to the band's Bass Trombone player, Megan Thomas, who received the Best Player award in the Youth Section and the A R Trudgian Youth Award.

June 2013

Just four days after launching the brand new Bugle Silver Band website, the band have already welcomed over 400 visitors to their web-space!  The band are now truly international, having seen Internet browsers from the USA, Canada, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand, Spain, Malta, Denmark, the Netherlands, Sweden, Ireland and France.  

Read more as covered by 4 Bars Rest HERE and Empty Chairs HERE

June 2013

Bugle Silver Band began their Summer season on Sunday (2nd June) with an up-beat concert in the glorious Cornish sunshine at Victoria Gardens, Truro.  

The band entertained an appreciative crowd with a variety of marches, solos and brass band arrangements.  "The Lost Chord" was particularly enjoyed by the gathered audience, as was "Cornets A Go Go" featuring five of the band's players: Emma Arnold, David Jane, Jacky Smith, Sally Wheadon and Verlaine Jane.

The band have a busy Summer schedule of engagements ahead - Please see our Engagements List to find out where you can see us live near you.  Alternatively, if you wish to book the band, contact our Engagement Secretary Jacky Smith on 07817 888600.

The band are now working hard to prepare the test piece "Kingdom of Dragons" by Philip Harper for the West of England Bandsmen's Festival later this month, where they will be competing in the First Section.

April 2013

Bugle Silver Band are delighted to announce that, as well as being supported by local business P.C.Tonkin,  they are now also sponsored by Dignity Funeral Services.  The band look forward to a long and happy association with this company and were delighted to welcome Jamie from Dignity to our recent rehearsal.

For more details about Dignity Funeral Services, please visit their website.

March 2013

On Saturday 9th March, Bugle Silver Band competed in the Second Section at the annual West of England area contest, held at the Riviera Centre in Torquay.  After drawing number 8, the band played the challenging Edward Gregson work, Plantagenets. 

After a solid performance, the band were delighted to be placed third by adjudicators Nick Grace and David Thornton, narrowly missing out on qualification to the National Finals.  Congratulations go to all the soloists and the horn section, who received special mentions in the remarks!

The band, as always, would like to thank their Musical Director, Jeremy, for his hard work and patience in preparing the band for this contest and look forward to returning to the bandroom to prepare for the busy Summer season and the West of England Bandsman's Festival at Bugle.

March 2013

Following the resignation of Mark Arnold on Bass Trombone to look after the newest addition to his family, the band are delighted to welcome Megan Thomas to the Trombone ranks.  Megan joins us from St. Dennis and we are sure that she will be an invaluable member of the Bugle Band family.  She brings with her her younger sister Grace, who joins us on the back row - Welcome and we hope you enjoy a long and happy time at Bugle.  
We also take this opportunity to welcome brother and sister duo, Jacca and Jenna Congdon to the band on B Flat Bass and Euphonium respectively.  Encouraged by their "Uncle Bash" (Andrew Batten), they join us to widen their playing experience, whilst also playing with St Austell Youth Band..

March 2013

Bugle Silver Band require two experienced Solo Cornet players and a Flugel player to join our very busy, successful band.

Anyone interested in these positions should call Band Manager, David Jane: (01726) 851392

The band have a new Engagement Secretary. If you wish to the book the band for your next event, please contact Jackie Smith on 01726 76172



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