Honiton Band is a traditional brass band, which has been active within the Honiton community since 1956, when it was re-established after a hiatus during the war years. It began its life as the 'Honiton Borough Band'.
We currently have 25 members, led by our Musical Director Elizabeth A Carter, encompassing all ages and abilities - but who share an enthusiasm for and enjoyment of playing.
We undertake a variety of engagements throughout the year in and around Honiton, including:
- fairs and fetes
- civic/church services
- carol playing
- private functions
- songs of praise
Our musical repertoire is varied, from traditional brass band favourites to light classical, jazz and modern pop and show tunes. Our primary aim is to play music which our audiences will enjoy and which cater for a wide range of tastes.
New members are always welcome, with the main requirement being the above mentioned enthusiasm for playing and a desire to participate in the life of the band. We have facilities for teaching those who are both interested in learning to play a brass instrument and prepared to join the band. Our learnersí and improversí classes, when running, are under the direction of our 1st Trombone player, Richard Brain, along with his assistants, Roger Sleeman and Lorraine Pavey. We also run a training band, conducted by Gill Muggeridge. We do have several vacancies within our permanent positions and would be very pleased to hear from more experienced players. Anyone wishing to play with the band is welcome to come along and see us on a rehearsal evening (Wednesdays), or alternatively, contact our MD.
Although Honiton Band does not currently contest, we are always looking for ways to improve our performance and challenge our members. We are a member of the South West Brass Band Association and many of our members take part in SWBBA workshops. In January 2010 we ran a workshop of our own with Philip Harper and 47 local musicians, which was very successful. We have also been involved with the Honiton Twinning Association, travelling to both France and Germany.