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BANDS: Brass

Brass Bands: A group of musicians playing brass instruments and sometimes also percussion.

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Martlesham Brass

Martlesham Brass was formed on 13th September 1996. In response to a great demand from brass musicians in the Martlesham area an organisation was set up with an original membership of 26 musicians and three Bandleaders. The idea behind the group is to provide an opportunity for people in and around the Martlesham area to learn to play brass instruments at minimal cost.

Since our formation, we have grown very quickly. We now have six Bandleaders, several Assistant Bandleaders and a very strong training structure. The band is run by its main committee, which meets once a month. The band also has a fundraising committee who organise events to help raise funds to support the band’s activities. The band holds an AGM each year at which the band administrators, bandleaders, and committee members are elected.

Martlesham Brass is split into 4 bands (Beginners, Preliminaries, Intermediates and Main). Most people play in one band only, with new entrants being placed in a band depending on musical ability.

No previous experience is required to join Martlesham Brass – all we ask for from our members is enthusiasm and a willingness to learn. Beginner players are admitted as and when we can accommodate them. Through careful management of our resources, we try to ensure that new players are provided with an instrument within a few weeks of joining.

The average age of the band is about 16, although we do have members as young as six and few over 60s (reaching into the 90s too).

For more information visit: http://www.martleshambrass.co.uk


Royal British Legion Leiston Band

Welcome to the Royal British Legion Leiston Band, based in Suffolk. We are a social brass band run entirely by volunteers, most of whom also play in the band. Although affiliated to The Royal British Legion, the Band derives no financial benefit and is entirely self-supporting. All management, tuition and support is freely given by band members and instructors on a voluntary basis.

We rehearse at the Ex-Service Club, in Victory Road, Leiston, Suffolk, IP16 4DQ on Monday and Thursday evenings from 8.15 to 9.45pm and we also operate a Training Band for learners of all ages between 7.00 and 8.00pm on the same days.

For more information visit: http://www.leistonband.co.uk/


Suffolk Phoenix Brass

Suffolk Phoenix Brass rose from the ashes of the former Fire Service Band in 1999, and since then it has engaged in a wide variety of Concerts.

The Band has developed under the direction of its Musical Director Keith Nice.

Concerts have been performed at Greenwich Park London; Eastbourne Bandstand; Christchurch Park Ipswich; Helmingham Hall, Fishermans’ Service, Orford Quay; Raydon Church; Felixstowe Carnival; Snape Maltings Concert Hall and joint Christmas Concerts with Ipswich Choral Society at the Corn Exchange Ipswich plus many more venues.

We have raised many thousands of Pounds for St Elizabeth Hospice from carolling at the local Supermarkets

If your Organisation is considering a Fundraising Event with a Musical Slant, we can tailor make a Musical Programme to fit any occasion.

We are always happy to consider established players to enhance the Band and have players from a wide area: We meet every Tuesday evening at the Museum Street Methodist Church Ipswich

  • Interested? – Please ring:
  • Bob Freeman 01473 438821
  • Glenn Relf 01394 386584
  • Check out Web Site at Suffolk Phoenix Brass for further details and Concert Programme for the Year.