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Long Eaton Silver Prize Band

Training Band

Training Band Logo

The earliest surviving record of the band's training section is from 1927, although the reference (in a newspaper article) implies that the band has had a training section since its founding in 1906 and probably before that in the old Temperance Band. The Training Band is also lead by the group's Musical Director Sharon Stansfield and under her leadership has grown from 1 player in since 2001 to a thriving band of 51 (and that is excluding those in the beginners' group!) .

The player's ages currently from range 7 years to 84 years. Most of the children (and some of the adults) who attend have learnt to play an instrument and read music with the band, whilst other adults have taken up playing again after a break. Many players choose to remain with the training band even after the progressing to the senior band: currently we have 22 players who are members of both bands!

The band rehearses in our band room every Monday (except bank holidays and between Christmas and New Year) between 6:50 p.m. and 8 p.m. and always welcomes new players of any standard to play any brass instrument (or percussion). The band provides the free loan of an instrument, music and tuition.

The band is not registered for contesting, although it may enter occasionally enter an unregistered or training band sections: the band won the training band section of the "Battle of the Bands" contest in 2010 and 2011 and was second in the training band section of the "Brass on the Grass" contest in 2016.

The band gives a number of concerts each year: the band uniform is white shirt/blouse, black trousers/skirts and black socks and shoes. The band provides a band jacket and tie.

Training Band Diary

Date Start Event Post Code


Saturday 17th March

7:30 p.m.

Beeston Methodist Church, Chilwell Road, Beeston


Sunday 15th April

11:30 a.m.

Sawley Marina, Tamworth Rd, Sawley

NG10 3AE

Sunday 22nd April

1:30 p.m.

St. George’s Parade, Long Eaton
(with the senior band)
Meet by the Leisure Centre, Wilsthorpe Road, Long Eaton

NG10 4AA

Saturday 12th May

2:00 p.m.

Spring and Plant Fair
St. Giles’ Church Hall, Church Drive, Sandiacre

NG10 5EE

Saturday 7th July

9:30 a.m.

Staveley Armed Forces Veterans Association Armed Forces Day
(with the senior band)
(park in the High Street, Staveley)

S43 3UU

Saturday 1st September

12:15 p.m.

The Larches Care Home
16 Queens Drive, Ilkeston


Sunday 21st October

1:00 p.m.

Trafalgar Day Parade, Long Eaton
(with the senior band)
Meet Beaconsfield Street Car Park

NG10 7HJ

Sunday 11th November

10:15 a.m.

Armistice Parade, Long Eaton
(with the senior band)
Meet Beaconsfield Street Car Park

NG10 7HJ

Thursday 29th November

5:30 p.m.

Long Eaton Christmas Lights
(with the senior band)
Market Square, Long Eaton

NG10 1LT

Monday 17th December

6:30 p.m.

Scouts & Guides Carol Service
All Saints Church, Sawley

NG10 3AT