A few shots of the Band whilst playing at Crownhill Fort on Saturday, 2nd April 2005 - a beautiful (if windy) sunny day, starting the season off with a bang!!
|Musical Director: Town Band|
|Musical Director: Junior Band|
|Christy Smith & Jane McKane|
Nicky first joined Saltash Town Band as a beginner aged 12 and was handed a Trombone but her mum insisted that went straight back and that she try something smaller! She then learnt the cornet and hasn't looked back. She first took up the Principal Cornet seat aged 16 and remained in that position for over 10 years in total with breaks here and there.
She met and married fellow band member Graham and they have 3 children, Harry who plays Trombone, Matthew who is our percussionist and Sophie who is learning to play Euphonium in the Junior Band.
Nicky has recently returned to the band following a 4 year break due to family commitments and is very happy to be back.
At the age of 12 Jane was given the choice of learning Trumpet or Trombone at school, she picked trumpet because there was one in the family loft not being used. Jane has been involved in bands and orchestras ever since. She is happy to play other brass instruments and percussion too but still hasn’t learned to play the trombone yet!
Thomas started playing trumpet when he was 8. He joined the Junior Band in 2013 and was handed a cornet, progressing to solo cornet in the senior band in 2016. He also plays cornet with Devon County Youth Band and is learning to play the piano.
Lauren started to play the trumpet when she was in primary school. She played in a number of school and college bands and joined Callington Town Band at the age of 18. She eventually became principal cornet and remained with them until 2013 when she popped over to Saltash band to help out with an engagement and never left.
Susan Played a Bugle in The Chesham All Girls Band at the age of 7, following her sister learning the other instruments until she was 10. She then moved to Plymouth where she Joined The Plymouth Ambassadors Youth/Show Band, where she learnt the trumpet. After 20 years of not playing Susan joined Saltash Town Band and started on solo cornet and then moved to 3rd cornet to help balance the band. Sue also is one of the many unsung hero's helping to teach youngsters to play.
Aged 10, Matthew is currently the youngest member of the senior band. Matthew started playing cornet aged 6, following in his brothers footsteps. He played with the Junior Band for 3 years and joined the senior band at the start of 2017. 2 hours is a long time for a small boy to sit through a rehearsal and there was some careful negotiating involved to secure his full attention which now only wavers when he gets to a good bit in his reading book! Matthew also plays cornet with Devon County Youth Brass Band.
|This position is currently vacant.|
Graham first started playing at the age of 7 with Helston Town Band, encouraged by his Grandpa Harry who played with Helston for many years. Graham remained with Helston Town Band playing 2nd Cornet, until he moved to start work in Plymouth and joined Saltash Town Band in 1997. He met and married fellow Band member Nicky in 2000 and they have 3 children who all now play too.
Graham has played Flugelhorn, Solo Cornet and is currently filling in on 1st Horn
Martyn learnt to play the trumpet while still in primary school. Was introduced to banding and the cornet at about 9 with Saltash Town Band and progressed up the Ranks. He spent many years playing for other local bands and has played most instruments from Sop to Bb bass. He met his wife Donna in the Band and now has 3 chidren who so far he has failed to get interested in playing.
Donna started to learn the cornet with Saltash Town Band in 1987. She is currently playing Horn. Donna met and married her husband Martyn whilst they were both members of Saltash. They have two sons and a daughter.
Annabelle was learning guitar and piano when she got dragged along to Junior Band with Thomas in 2013. She was handed a baritone and her brass career had begun! Annabelle joined the senior band in 2016. She also plays baritone with Devon County Youth Brass Band and plays euphonium in her school orchestra and brass ensemble.
Jenny started playing trombone soon after her children joined the Junior Band in 2013, preferring to join in than just be a taxi service.
The Early family progressed into the Town Band in the latter part of 2016 and were pleased to be part of the band when it took second place at the WEBBA Regional Championships in March 2017. We had a lot to learn in a short space of time and we are still learning!
Roger has played Principal Euphonium with Saltash since the summer of 1984. He started playing at the age of 14 (eek! in 1969) with RBL Maidstone and then spent a number of years with East Peckham Silver Band before moving to Saltash for work.
Aaron is following in his parents talents! Learning to play a brass instrument in 2012. He began on Tenor Horn and also tried a Baritone with a brief spell on Flugelhorn for Liskeard Silver Band before finally settling on Cornet. He is currently taking his Grades in Brass and Piano. Aaron also plays for Devon Youth Band, and the Callington College Orchestra.
Geoff began playing Baritone with Portland Social Centre Band in 1949, where his father was Bandmaster. Progressing to Trombone a few years later at Portsmouth Fire Brigade Band and Southampton Albion Band where he continued his music. Transferring to Liverpool in 1967, he played 2nd Tenor Horn and Cornet with the Cammell Laird Works Band at Birkenhead. On joining Saltash Town Band in 1982, he changed instruments again, this time to Eb Bass. Geoff has stepped in and played Cornet, Horn, Baritone, Side and Bass Drum when needed, but has now returned to his favourite instrument, the Trombone. Now in his 70s he is still one of the Band's regular players.
Dillon was thrown in the deep end on the kit for Liskeard Silver Band in 2013 to help record 2 Cds! He joined Saltash Band along with the rest of his family in 2014 and also regularly plays for the Tamar Valley Brass ensemble. He is currently learning to play the Eb Bass.
Keith has said his playing was the result of finding something to do after giving up smoking. With his then girlfriend, now wife, playing flute Keith popped into Maestro's to enquire about learning to play and left the proud owner of a Saxophone. With Liz also playing cornet with the band Keith popped along one evening and left clutching an Eb bass. He's now a stalwart member of the Band on Bb.
From an early age Matt developed outstanding wind but it was not until his late 70's that he learnt to harness these powers through the medium of the long Bb Picolo. Since his career with the German Alpen Horn Society in conjunction with Classic fm and Sesame Street, he has never looked back & has come before us, to stand behind us on his chair at the back of the band
Glenys is a newcomer to the band, and stepped in to provide support in the percussion section. She played the piano as a child, studied music at school and has an eclectic appreciation of music.
Whilst playing the glockenspiel she intends to try her hand at a brass instrument. Let's see what happens!