After taking the First Section title in 2010 and thus earning promotion to the top flight, Friary evolved into the leading band in the south of England under the baton of former Grenadier Guards Bandmaster Chris King. With a record-equalling five consecutive Regional Championship titles, eight consecutive appearances at the National Finals, two Audience Entertainment Awards at Brass in Concert and three Most Entertaining Band prizes at Butlins, the Band’s reputation for quality playing and entertainment has blossomed. Following Chris King’s departure earlier this year, the MD mantle was passed to Nigel Taken. Currently based near Woking, Surrey, Friary takes its name from its initial sponsor, Guildford’s Friary Meux brewery and celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. Apart from concerts and contests, Friary has played at many special occasions, including major sporting events such as the British Grand Prix and rugby internationals at Twickenham and Wembley, and for a local theatre company’s production of Brassed Off. Each Christmas the Band, itself a registered charity, raises funds for the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance Trust playing seasonal music.


Principal Players

Principal Cornet: Richard Straker
Soprano Cornet: James Nash
Flugel: Lauren Straker
Solo Horn: Kelly Harrison
Solo Euphonium: Chris Straker
1st Baritone: Jonti Whittingham-Smith
Solo Trombone: Neil Wharton
Solo Eb Bass: Gavin Johnson
Percussion: Chris Attwood