Do you play trombone, Bb bass or cornet?
Did you used to play in the past and want to get back into the band room?
If so, we’d love to hear from you!
We are a fun, friendly band who rehearse once a week on a Thursday evening.
If you’d be interested in coming along for a blow to see for yourself you’d be more than welcome.
Please contact MD Jeremy Taylor on 07977 111141 or band manager Megan on 07977 261448
A global pandemic didn't stop Mount Charles Band from performing at Newquay Fish Festival as they made their virtual debut.
Duncan Alexander, principal percussionist, was diagnosed with a brain tumour 7 years ago. After undergoing several surgeries over the years his life was back on track, but in April this year the tumour came back and began to take its toll. Duncan never complained or moaned about his condition, he carried on as much as he could for the sake of his wife Megan and two young girls Michaela and Daisy. On Sunday 8th December Duncan was admitted to Mount Edgcumbe Hospice where he battled on bravely, but sadly passed away peacefully Saturday 14th December, surrounded by his family. Duncan, much loved by family and friends alike will leave a massive hole not only at Mount Charles band but in the the banding community itself. He is very much loved and will be sorely missed.
Well, what a great time we had at Wychavon festival of brass! It’s early days but three years ago the band were in real danger of folding with only 9 players around the stand. On Saturday we went and competed with only two borrowed players (thank you Barry Skinner and Matthew Opie for giving up your time to help us out), so we actually think that’s something to be proud of. Thank you to our MD Jeremy whose never ending enthusiasm and commitment drives us all forward. There is a real buzz about the band at the moment which is wonderful to see. Onwards now to Christmas!!
Save the date: Christmas Concert, 20th December at St Michaels Church, Newquay
The band are thrilled to announce a quintet of new players to their ranks.
Joining us on second cornet and second euphonium respectively are Carys Brush and Ben Marks. Carys and Ben join us from Indian Queens band and we are very much looking forward to having them as part of the team.
Bolstering our percussion section we’re excited to welcome 12 year old Charlie Birch. Charlie helped the band out a couple of times over the summer and loved it so much he wanted to stay! Alongside Charlie we are delighted to have Owen Thomas back following his spell with Bodmin Band.
Also, completing our trombone line up we’d like to welcome Chris Luckhurst to the team.
These signings are a real boost to the band and we are looking forward to them playing their first contest with us on the 2nd of November at Wychavon.
Although most of our seats are now full we’d still welcome a second baritone and a fourth man (or woman!) down. So if you feel that our laid back, friendly but hard working band might be for you then please contact MD Jeremy Taylor on 07977 111141 or band manager Megan Alexander on 07977 261448
The band are delighted to welcome Sophie Rapson to our cornet ranks on repiano. She brings a wealth of experience with her, and we are sure she’s going to be a huge asset to our cornet team. Sophie is heading off to America on holiday but is looking forward to being home in time for her first ever Minack weekend! Welcome to the team Sophie!
Test Piece: Cambridge Variations (Philip Sparke)
Adjudicators: Jacob Dijkstra and Richard Marshall
1. Flowers (Paul Holland)**
2. Woodfalls (Dr Robert Childs)*
3. Aldbourne (David Johnson)*
4. Filton Concert Brass (Tom Davoren)
5. Lydbrook (Glyn Williams)
6. Camborne Town (Ian Porthouse)
7. Yeovil Town (Ian Holmes)
8. Lanner & District Silver (Leonard Adams)
9. Verwood Concert Brass (Kevin Smith)
10. Mount Charles (Nigel Seaman)
11. St Austell Town (Steve Sykes)
12. Bournemouth Concert Brass (Matthew Brown)
13. Alder Valley Brass (Roger Burke)
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