THE BANDS

SHIPSTON TOWN BAND

Shipston Town Band is the original town band and is a contesting band which in the past has enjoyed a string of successes in the contesting field. Recently promoted to the Third Section, the band enjoys a full engagement book and welcomes players who enjoy their contests and bandstands alike. 

Conductor

Alex Bland, from Leicester, discovered his passion for the trombone at age 8 and quickly excelled, joining the Croft Silver Band at 10. His musical journey continued with the Leicestershire Music Service, where he became the principal trombonist for both the Symphony Orchestra and Big Bands, performing at renowned venues like Birmingham Symphony Hall and the Royal Albert Hall. 
Under the guidance of Garry Sleath, he earned merits in Grade 8 tenor and bass trombone (ABRSM) and Grade 8 music theory before turning 17. Alex also contributed his talents to Youth Brass 2000, achieving the 1st trombone seat during his 4-year tenure.
After securing a place on bass trombone in NYBBGB, Alex enhanced his skills with lessons from world-class conductors. In Aberystwyth, he joined Burry Port Town and directed the university’s musical theatre society.
Following his studies in marine biotechnology, Alex played solo trombone with the Kirkintilloch band, winning the Scottish 1st section championships. He later held key positions in the Hathern, Foresters Brass, and Enderby Brass bands.
In addition to conducting opportunities, Alex has performed with professional orchestras and taught low brass for Leicestershire Music Service and Nottingham Music Service. He is currently the Musical Director for Ilkeston Brass and Syston Brass bands.

Rehearsals

Wednesday at 7.30 pm

SOPRANO CORNET:
PRINCIPAL CORNET:
SOLO CORNET:
SOLO CORNET:
SOLO CORNET:
REPIANO CORNET:
2nd CORNET:
2nd CORNET:
2nd CORNET:
2nd/3rd CORNET:

3rd CORNET:
3rd CORNET:
FLUGELHORN:
PRINCIPAL Eb HORN:
1st Eb HORN:
2nd Eb HORN:
PRINCIPAL EUPHONIUM:
2nd EUPHONIUM:
1st BARITONE:
2nd BARITONE:
PRINCIPAL TROMBONE:
2nd TROMBONE:
BASS TROMBONE:
Eb BASS:
Eb BASS:
Bb BASS:
Bb BASS:
PERCUSSION (Kit):
PERCUSSION (Tuned):

Dave Hunt
Paolo Pezzangora
Anne Mercer
Andrew Bonnie
John Smith
Bob Pitts
Andy Smith
Karen Wears
Duncan Smith
Alex Bloomfield
Ann White
Steve Easton
Darran Wheeler
Liz Smith
Mary Cox
Karen Pitts
Adrian White
Position Vacant
Eugene Gratwohl
Neil Hobson
Alex Jeffery
Claire White
Tom Evans
Ken Smith
Position vacant
Peter Johnson
Peter Brudenell
Calum Morby
Eleanor Smith

STOUR CONCERT BRASS

Stour Concert Brass is the ‘new kid on the block’ founded by conductor David Birch,  the brass band has proved highly successful with players and audiences alike. The band welcomes players of all abilities and proves the next stop for players after their early training, as well as experienced players as an alternative to contesting. The band meets every Friday evening and fulfils a full engagements calendar throughout the year.

Conductor

Nigel Hall has been involved in Brass Bands on and off since 1976, and although he no longer plays, he keeps his hand in by way of the “3 C’s”: Conducting, Compering and Composing (although more arranging these days!).

Nigel took over from founder David Birch as MD of Stour Concert Brass in July 2023 and is enjoying working with the players.

Nigel is currently Chairman of the Oxfordshire & District Brass Band Association and is also a member of the London & Southern Counties Regional Committee.

Rehearsals

Friday at 7.30 pm

SOPRANO CORNET:
PRINCIPAL CORNET:
SOLO CORNET:
SOLO CORNET:
SOLO CORNET:
REPIANO CORNET:
2nd CORNET:
2nd CORNET:
2nd CORNET:
3rd CORNET:
3rd CORNET:
FLUGELHORN:
PRINCIPAL Eb HORN:
1st Eb HORN:
2nd Eb HORN:
PRINCIPAL EUPHONIUM:
2nd EUPHONIUM:
1st BARITONE:
2nd BARITONE:
PRINCIPAL TROMBONE:
2nd TROMBONE:
BASS TROMBONE:
Eb/Bb BASS:

PERCUSSION (Kit):
PERCUSSION (Tuned):

Bob Pitts
Kieran Bown
Charlotte Gasson
Laura Holme
Nick Smith
Karen Wears
Caroline Banks
Jim McLeman
Anne Witts
Chris Bown
Roger Rippen  
Mike Butler
Mary Cox, Karen Pitts
Norma Begley
Angie Weaver
Eugene Gratwohl
Alan Birch, Keith Hudson
Gordon Sharp
Tim Banks
Rufus Gallagher
Sandra Butt
Richard Barker
Alan Robbins, Ken Smith
Christopher Brown
Roy Flitcroft
Jo Smith

Shipston Training Band

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. When they reach a reasonably confident level and are happy themselves, a choice between either band will be offered 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.

Rehearsals: Tuesday at 6.15pm-7.15pm

Shipston Brass Ensemble

Shipston Brass Ensemble is a welcoming group open to all brass players from our main bands. We explore a diverse repertoire, ranging from informal and popular tunes to more traditional pieces. With an emphasis on accessibility and fun, we infuse each performance with our unique brass flair, breathing new life into contemporary hits and timeless classics alike. Join us for an enjoyable musical journey where everyone’s contribution is celebrated.

SHIPSTON TOWN BANDS' COMMITTEE

PRESIDENT:
CHAIRMAN:
SECRETARY:
TREASURER:
MINUTES SECRETARY:
FUNDRAISING OFFICER:
REGISTRATION/CONTEST SECRETARY:

Ronnie Murphy
Liz Smith
Tom Evans
Alan Birch
Eugene Gratwohl
Jane Carter
Darran Wheeler

COMMITTEE MEMBER:
COMMITTEE MEMBER:
COMMITTEE MEMBER:
SOCIAL COMMITTEE:
LIBRARIANS: 
BAND WELFARE OFFICER:
TRUSTEES:

Sandra Butt
Paolo Pezzangora
Stephanie Wilson
Claire White
Tim Banks, Bob Pitts
Karen Pitts
Alan Birch, David Birch, Karen Wears