About the Band

The Midsomer Norton and Radstock Silver Band was formed in July 1980 by Angela Lowe, using instruments from the old Radstock Silver Band held by the trustees, £400 from the Midsomer Norton Band held in trust and a further £600 grant from the Local Council.  The money was used to overhaul the instruments.  Fourteen people turned up for the first rehearsal and as this was not enough to form a full band, Angela decided to start teaching learners.

Angela was born into a non-musical family and began her musical career at the age of ten, playing the cornet with the Shepton Mallet Town Band.  In 1973 she took up the post of Principal Cornet for Mere Manor Brass and she remained here until founding the Midsomer Norton and Radstock Silver Band.

Her boundless enthusiasm drove forward the band, which went from strength to strength and as well as her involvement with the Band she was also a well-respected local brass teacher.  She taught brass in local schools and started a band at Fosseway Special School using old instruments belonging to the Midsomer Norton and Radstock Silver Band.  Sadly Angela passed away on 23rd May 2003, but the Band has continued to thrive since then.

Since 2003 the Band has had 4 conductors all of whom have helped to develop the band in their own individual ways. From 2003 until 2004 Keith Haines conducted the band, until he left due to work commitments, he was followed by Stewart Lewins who remained with the band until he moved away in 2007. Rupert Bond then led the band for 6 months in 2008 until he to moved out of the area and in June 2008 Colin Cunliffe was appointed Musical Director of the Band. Unfortunately at the end of April 2010 Colin resigned from his position due to ill health. In June 2010 Jo Sykes took over the position of MD.

In November 2011 the band entered the fourth section of the SWBBA 65th Annual Championship and came second winning the Newcombe Cup and in March 2012 they won the Fourth Section of the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain, West of England Regional Championships and attended the National Finals in September 2012.   In January 2013, for the first time in their history, the band were promoted to the Third Section of the West of England Regional Championships. In March 2013 they came 7th, in March 2014 they came 11th, in March 2015 they came 5th and in March 2016 they came 3rd and qualified and attended the National Finals in September 2016.

In March this year the band again entered the Regional Championships and they finished in 3rd place and as well as earning themselves a 2nd successive qualification for the National Finals in September, the band also finished top of the 3rd section and from January 2018 they will be promoted to the Second Section, therefore achieving the highest national ranking in the history of the band.