Launceston Town Band Centenary Concert
Under the direction of its new musical director and long serving principle solo cornet player, Ann Brown, the band played music from each decade of it's existence.
The band was joined by one of its most successful players, Joanne Baker (now Texeira) in 2 flugel solos. Jo studied trumpet and flugel at the Royal Northern College of Music before playing trumpet in professional orchestras. She is now a teacher in Okehampton.
The band was delighted to welcome again well-known local mezzo-soprano Sheller Coulter-Smith who also sang a song from each decade. Shelley also attended the Royal Northern College of Music.
And the band were grateful for the services of local councillor and Town Crier, Rob Crier who acted as Master of Ceremonies for the evening, introducing each decade with a historical reminder of what was happening in the news, and in the music charts.
Launceston Town Band Awards
The Launceston Town Band held its annual awards evening at Trethorne Leisure Park in January 2019.
The Mayor, Councillor Margaret Young, in proposing the toast to the band, said that she had really enjoyed the Christmas concert which for her marked the start of Christmas.
Band Chairman Mike Warne, responding in the unavoidable absence of the President John Ware, thanked the council for its strong support and pointed out that this was the band’s centenary year. Launceston Municipal Band was formed in 1919 after the soldiers and the military bandsmen, who acted as stretcher bearers, had returned from the Great War. The council had helped its formation by buying the initial set of brass and wind instruments and its relationship with the band had always been close.
The band also appreciated the support of several councillors recently and thanked Councillor Brian Hogan in particular for his practical help in the previous year with the kitchen improvements and the Christmas concert.
The Mayor then presented the trophies Ann Brown awarded Nicky Isbell the Ian Rattray trophy for the most promising learner. She chose Matthew Christoforou as junior band player of the year and he received the John Ware Shield,
She awarded Joel Sadler the Conductor’s Baton for the junior member making most improvement and Heidi Stevens the Gordon Hodge Trophy for junior member contributing most to the band.
She decided to award the Plestin-les-Greves Cup to the horn section comprising Linda Wilde, Pauline Chandler, Sheila Lashmar and Sue Manzi. Charlotte Barker won the Eric Tiplady Cup for junior player of the year in the senior band and Jeanette Neale the Chairman’s Shield for senior player of the year.
Ann chose Colin Gay as the senior member contributing most to the band and he received the Dobson Cup.
Mike Warne awarded the President’s Shield for bandsman of the year, playing or non-playing, to Ann for her work as engagements’ secretary and for organising and cooking for the Wednesday lunches which were important both financially and in terms of public relations.
The players voted overwhelmingly for Lisa Dymond as their player of the year after she stepped up to play principal solo cornet when Ann became musical director. Pictures of the awards winners are in the photo gallery.
The band thanks Launceston Rotary Club for its generous sponsorship of the keepers’ trophies and engraving.
Launceston Town Band Community Carol Concert
A large and appreciative audience attended Launceston Town band’s community carol concert held in Launceston Town Hall in December 2019.
The band played a variety of Christmas music under the direction of Ann Brown as well as accompanying the communal carols. The junior band also played four short items, and you can watch them in action here.
Launceston PopChoir under the direction of Sarah Bradley clearly enjoyed singing their seasonal numbers and the audience had difficulty keeping still as choir members moved to the music. The choir also led the communal carols.
The M.C. was Rob Tremain and the entertainment was put together by Dave Shrimpton. The band also wishes to thank the town hall staff for their assistance, Event Tech for help with lighting and sound and Brian Hogan and Anita White for running the bar.
Launceston Town Band are a friendly group of brass musicians who rehearse twice weekly in preparation for concerts, contests, civic duties and anywhere we are invited to play.
We rehearse on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 7:30 and 9:00 in the band room, Bounsalls Lane, Launceston, and welcome anybody wishing to join the band as a learner or as a more experienced player . Read more about the band here
New Musical Director for Launceston Town Band
Launceston Town Band has appointed its principal solo cornet player Ann Brown as its new Musical Director from 1stJuly.
Ann learned to play with Bude Town Band but began helping Launceston regularly as a teenager in 1977 before transferring to Launceston in 1979 where the then M.D., Nick Chadd, appointed her principal solo cornet, a position she has held ever since.
Ann has considerable conducting experience, having taken the junior band to contests with some success. She still takes the junior band and the learners group or training band.
She was appointed M.D. of Camelford Town Band when it reformed about 20 years ago and more recently has been M.D.of Liskeard Silver Band since 2014.
She is married to former military bandsman Steve, who plays the Eb bass and is the mother of percussionist Gemma.
“ I know that Ann is completely committed to Launceston Town Band and will put her heart and soul into the job “, said band chairman, Mike Warne. “ Since I started playing with the band in 1981 I have known Ann, originally as our principal solo cornet, then as engagements secretary and vice-chairman, as M.D of the junior band and learners and latterly as organiser of the Wednesday lunches in the bandroom and I am sure that Ann will work hard to make a success of the job. Now we need to find a good principal solo cornet ! “
Retiring M.D. Colin Gay will not be leaving the band but, at his own request , will revert to playing .” Colin has done an excellent job and I am sure that Ann will build on that “, added Mike.
Anybody wishing to join the band as a learner or as a more experienced player can contact Ann on 01566 86700 or Colin on 01288 321789