Burneside Brass are based outside Kendal in beautiful South Lakeland. The band were formed in March 1993 by Peter Crawford, one of our cornet players. The band are a friendly and varied group who practice on Thursdays at 7.30 at Burneside Cricket club and are happy to welcome holidaymakers for  rehearsals.  We also recognise the importance of sustaining our brass banding future. Principal horn Dave Higson leads two training bands for local youngsters, and some oldsters too! Musical director Laurie Johnston has enjoyed a varied career in music, working in education, the recording industry, television and theatre. Our repertoire of music is enriched by his skill as an arranger and certainly influenced by his Northern Irish marching-band heritage. 

We are a busy band and appear at a wide range of events in Cumbria and Lancashire.  We play seaside bandstand slots in the fading Edwardian splendour of Grange over Sands and in the faded  Victorian splendour of Morecambe. We enjoy the Keswick Proms in the shadow of the Skiddaw range and celebrate spring with a lambing service in a barn. We have recently won the “Best March” category in the Kirkby Lonsdale contest. Some memorable one offs have included morphing into a German Oompah band or dressing as a military band for a four night WWI themed art installation.  Traditional Lakeland events such as the Ambleside Rushbearing form part of our calendar and the band takes its duty very seriously during a very busy remembrance day.

Principal Players

Cornet – Dave Henley
Soprano – Graham Hartley
Euphonium – Tracey Wilson
Trombone – Alison Moore
Baritone – Oliver Bateman
Tenor Horn – Dave Higson
Eb bass – Matthew Beaumont
Bb bass – John Dawson