|The Band is an
offshoot of the Community light Orchestra (founded 1987). It
was suggested that the Orchestra wind players form a small
group to provide music where appropriate. Nine musicians
volunteered and started practices in a member's home. One of
these was ex army and became the first player/conductor.
Eventually a venue for rehearsal was found in Saint Clements
hospital Chapel Ipswich.
As the band enlarged and progressed it found subsequent
musical directors who worked hard to improve the standard.
Our current Musical Director Mr. Tom Rumbold took over
from Peter Gray on 1st November 2006. Peter, in his turn,
had taken over from Brian Stansmore who passed away in April
2003. At Brians "Memorial Concert" Peter had composed a
concert march in memory of Brian simply called "Stansmore".
For over 15 years the band has played at venues throughout
East Suffolk for fetes, garden parties, galas and not least
schools where both pupils and teachers enjoy the morning and
learn about music making.
The current 35 men and women members play the type of
instruments required for a military style band. This
includes cornet, trombone, bassoon, saxophone, tuba, drums
percussion, and French horn. The Band enjoy making music
together and maintaining a happy social atmosphere.