The first mention of a band in Melton Mowbray was in 1814 when the Town Band played for the Prince Regent and the Duke of Rutland, who the report states were in the town together. It is assumed that the majority of the instruments were of the reed variety with little or no brass.
The band still exists today and following a sponsorship deal with the Melton Mowbray Building Society in Jan 2007 is now called The Melton Band. Transitional names have included The Melton Town Silver Band, The Melton Borough Band.
Since 2008 the band has been under the baton of musical director Graham Sutton. This well-established partnership between the band and Graham has resulted in qualification for the National Brass Band Championship of Great Britain 2019. This is the second time in three years the band has qualified after finishing 2ndat this year’s fourth section regional contest.
The band are looking forward to their trip to Cheltenham in September and are looking forward to working on Beecher Variations over the summer.
Soprano Cornet - Julie Greensmith
Principal Cornet - Kevin Jackson
Flugel Horn - Melanie Sallis
Solo Horn - Angie Thrower
Solo Baritone - Stephen Gardener
Solo Trombone - JT Wake
Solo Euphonium - Wendy Rid
Solo Eb Bass - Dennis Powell
Solo Bb Bass - Henry Dunger
Principal Percussionist - Chris Shilham