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An awarding start to the new year

The Westley banding clanDavid is certainly putting the band through its paces as we work on a new programme of pieces for this year’s season. It’s really good to try new pieces and flex our music muscles. It’s also rather nice to pull out some old favourites from the files.

However, before the hard work of rehearsals started, we were pleased to present Trevor Westley with a long service award in recognition of his dedication, long service and commitment to Wadhurst Brass Band. Trevor is a very popular member of the band. He is pictured here with his three banding grandchildren when we were on a continental tour a few years ago. He has been playing with the band for 35 years and the award is very much deserved.


David Healy – Stepping into some big shoes!!

David Healy

Algy Hoare, founder and inspiration, of Wadhurst Brass Band retired after 60 years at an emotional and celebratory Christmas Concert. So, we are very pleased to announce that David Healy has been appointed Conductor for the band. He has been conducting our Training band “L-Plate Brass” for a while now and has been Deputy Conductor for over a year and had a major role last year when Algy was side-lined having a knee op.

David joined the band when he was about 8, “just because his big sisters were in the band”. Not only does he play trombone – his favourite instrument – but can turn out on euphonium too, and has been known to fill in on cornet, as well as playing the last post at the war memorial on Remembrance Sunday!! He is one of those people who just loves the challenge of learning a new instrument and has added the piano to his musical so he could play at his sister, Wendy’s wedding!!!

Algy has been David’s mentor and guiding force and recently he said;

“It is now time for me to hand over the baton to a very worthy recipient and member of the band, David Healy, a gifted instrumentalist, who has already proved to be an extremely capable conductor this year. He is the right man in the right place. It is very comforting to know that the band will carry on with David’s talent and enthusiasm”.

So with David taking hold of the baton Algy’s legacy is secure and the band will continue to flourish, entertaining far and wide in East Sussex and West Kent.

The Snowman

The Snowman is one of Algy’s favourite Christmas pieces and here is a clip from his final concert conducting the band palying to a packed Wadhurst Parish Church.

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

After such a fantastic evening at Algy’s last concert conducting the band we would like to thank one and all for all the support you have given Algy and the band over the last 60 years. The New Year will see David Healy picking up the baton securing Algy’s legacy and ensuring the band continues to thrive and entertain not only in Wadhurst but throughout West Kent and East Sussex. We hope you have a great Christmas and we look forward to seeing you in 2018!

Algy’s finale!

Algy's Concert Finale
What a wonderful evening in Wadhurst last night. Our very special Christmas Concert was Algy’s final concert conducting the band. We played to a packed parish church and it all got a bit emotional at the end with a standing ovation and lots of cheering. The band presented Algy with mementos of the last 60 years and a bottle of the hard stuff for him to sip and enjoy!! We are not saying goodbye to Algy as he will carry on playing and we wanted to make sure there is no escape from Wadhurst Brass Band by making him Life President of the band!!! Thank you so much Algy for all your passion, enthusiasm and the gift of loving music!!