The Training Band is the entry point for new players, of all ages, where their journey begins as they aspire to be a competent brass musician.

Stephanie Wilson is now our resident leader on rehearsal nights where a structured format to guide and instruct members from those first tentative steps on their chosen instrument to enjoy the company of other members as they learn to play as an ensemble and whilst the band does not give individual lessons, the band does coach and mentor individuals as they progress.  Initially individuals who have little playing experience in brass music are enthusiastically encouraged. Once they have reached a suitable standard they are offered places in Stour Concert Brass and benefit from all that brings with it.

There are no charges for membership all that is required is a members effort and commitment to regular home practice and attendance at regular rehearsals. Individuals who are not in possession of their own brass band instrument may borrow one free of charge from the band and return it if they leave, there is no subscription charge, music is also provided on free loan and rehearsal facilities are provided at no cost to the individual, as are the services of the mentoring group.

Shipston Training Band

oxford brass festival

     Sunday April 28th, 2019, saw three of our youngsters plus Luke enter the ODBBA Brass Festival at Marlborough School in Woodstock.

     Luke Barker gave two excellent performances winning the 15 to 18 Slow Melody and Air Varie Sections. He also helped the three youngsters to earn second place in the Under 19 Quartet playing against players who were much older. The 9 to 11 slow melody saw Alec Banner, Tallula Matthews and Rufus Gallagher place 1st, 2nd and 4th out of 15 players. Alec Banner also won Best Cornet 11 and under, Best Air Varie 14 and under and the Under 19 Percussion. ten-year-old Rufus Gallagher played in the Under-19 advanced section for the first time and gave a creditable performance of the trombone solo 'Cubanola Glide'. Alec and Tallula gave a good performance of their duet 'Ragtime'.

well done junior prommers!

     This will be a busy week for three of the youngsters as Alec Banner, Rufus Gallagher and cornet player Tallula Matthews will be performing at the Barcheston Young Musicians Festival for Shipston Proms on Wednesday and then again at the Warwickshire Solo Championships on Sunday in Leamington.

be different!

    Just imagine how boring it would be if we were all the same. Well that's why brass bands are great, they're anything but 'old fashioned' or for that matter 'boring'.

     So often we hear from professional entertainers what a rewarding career they have - well they're not on their own, YOU TOO could be just like them - we can't promise you a solo spot on the Pyramid Stage at Gladstonbury, but we can help you develop the kind of skills that might see you on stage in one of the UK's many concert halls.

     Yes it does require lots of effort and hard work, rehearsing those scales and excercises, but it isn't usually long before those scales become tunes and those tunes see your with a group of friends, who area all playing those tunes and those tunes become fantastic arrangements, you will get a kick out of playing. It's all down to you.

     Oh and then there is a rather old fashioned word - comaraderie - in short lots of new friends.

     So where does all this hard work lead? Hopefully to Stour Concert Brass. Once you've been at it for a while, our non-contesting concert band, might interest you, they've got people of all ages and once you're ability on your chosen instrument is up to the challenge, you might like to give them a try.

     Shipston Town Band is always on the look out for new talent and if you find you've pretty well got things cracked in Stour you might find you're ready to stretch yourself a little and give our contesting band a go.

     It's all up to you - you just have to 'be different'.

so where do you start?

    By going to our contact page and ringing or emailing our Band Secretary, or popping in early-on one Tuesday evening at our band room and saying hi to the group leader Stephanie Wilson.

     Just come in and have a listen and if you feel smitten by what you hear or want to know more, listen some more and then have a word with the person holding the baton in the middle after practice to find out how you too can be different and join in the fun.

     Rehearsals are held every Tuesday from 6.30 to 7.30 p.m., once a week during term time and are definitely not limited to school-age people the band is open to all ages.

     The Training Band gave their annual concert as part of the Shipston Proms on Monday, June 24th, 2019. The concert was held at Shipston Methodist Church.

     Conducting duties were shared by Tim Wilson and Charles Matthews. The programme was varied and included music from around the world in the first half with slightly more advanced music in the second half  with slightly more advanced music in the second half two soloists were featured. Alec Banner played Leroy Anderson’s ‘Trumpeters Lullaby’ and ten-year-old trombonist Rufus Gallagher played ‘Cubanola Glide’. The concert finished in fine style with George Hawkins spirited march ‘The Highwayman’.

     In order to encourage the development of our own youngsters and to let other local youngsters know of opportunities that may be available, Steph Wilson, our Training Band Leader, has liaised with Brass Band England’s development officer Sheila Allen to arrange a visit to our local primary schools by Flora Brass.

     Flora Brass are students at the Royal Welsh College Of Music and Drama in Cardiff. They are an established brass quintet and travelled up to perform at Shipston Primary School, Brailes CE Primary School and Acorns Primary School at Long Compton in a whistle-stop tour as part of the Brass Foundations Programme. Their concerts included pieces such as the theme from How To Train Your Dragon and Bear Necessities from the Jungle Book. The children were thoroughly enthralled and Steph Wilson has already had parents ringing her up to see if their children can learn to play. If you are interested in learning a brass instrument, please visit for more information.                                                                                                 David Birch

local brass players learn 'how to train your dragon' from flora brass