Shipston Town Band

1912 not only saw the loss of the Titanic but also the formation of Shipston Town Band. The band was unusually formed as the result of a bet as Charles Holman wagered a local auctioneer Frank Parsons that he could train a band in the space of six weeks fit enough to march through the streets of Shipston. On Thursday May 16tsh, the band made its march pausing on each street corner to play a waltz. Although only Charles Holman and the bass drummer were still playing when the band returned to the square, Holman was judged to have won his bet and the band has prospered ever since. May 19th this year saw the band augmented by a number of former members re-enact the march. A concert with the band’s old friends from South Wales the Silurian Male Voice Choir followed in June and the band will be holding a centenary concert on Saturday October 27th at the Townsend Hall in Shipston featuring our former principal cornet Kirsty Abbotts as guest soloist and involving a number of former conductors returning for the occasion.

The band is currently graded 3rd Section and has its own headquarters and rehearses twice a week on Sunday 7 to 9 and Wednesday 7.30 to 9.30 with a wide variety of engagements planned . Conducted by Howard Gibbs we were 4th Section Midland Area Champions in 2010. New players are always welcome particularly bass players ..

The band also runs a flourishing Junior Section rehearsing Monday evenings and a non contesting band Stour Concert Brass which rehearses on Friday evenings. Full details of the bands’ activities can be found on its web-site Shipstonband.org.uk


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