Instruments

A Brass band is a musical group consisting mostly or entirely of Brass Instruments often with a percussion section.


Besson Sovereign Cornet

Normally a band is made up of 1 Soprano Cornet, 9 Cornets, 1 Flugel Horn, 3 Tenor Horns, 2 Baritones, 2 Euphoniums, 2 Tenor trombones, 1 Bass Trombone, 2 E flat Bases (tuba), 2 B flat Bases (tuba). and a full range of Percussion which include a full Drum kit, 3 Timpani, Xylophone, Tubular Bells, Glockenspiel and many others. Most Bands now have 2 or 3 percussion Players.

Our Band is a Silver Band which is the same as a Brass band except we have mostly Silver instruments rather than Brass. In our name we also have Imperial which came from the type of instrument we had many years ago.

The Instruments we use in our band are mainly Besson Sovereign instruments in Silver. We have purchased Yamaha Tenor horns, our Soprano is made by Schilke and our Flugel is made by Yamaha.


The Engraved Bell of the 'Tim Baker Tuba'

Another notable instrument is the 'Tim Baker Tuba', a Besson Sovereign Eb Bass with an inscription engraved on the Bell dedicated to the memory of Tim, who played Eb bass when he tragically lost his life in a road accident.

The band have also in recent years purchased two new trombones from Rath, and a York Euphonium.

However, like anything mechanical, they are prone to wear and tear, and require replacing, so the band are on a constant drive to replace worn instruments as and when they are able to. The instruments that are taken out of use from the main band, often filter down to the Training band, to allow anyone wishing to learn, the ability to take an instrument home for practice. Click here to find out more about our Instrument replacement schedule

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