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Vacancies

We currently have vacancies for the following positions: Euphonium, Eb Bass, BBb Bass and tuned Percussionist on a permanent basis.  We may also be able to accommodate new members for other positions as we are looking to strengthen our membership base and improve our flexibility for upcoming concerts and contests.

For further information please contact Helen Creak, the band secretary and principal trombone player on 0784 000 6027 (info@thundersleybrassband.co.uk)

We currently rehearse on Thursdays 8 to 10, Sundays from 7 to 9pm and the location details are on the 'About us' page.  All applicants must be able to commit to both rehearsals on a weekly basis.  We are able to offer reasonable expenses depending on distance travelled and experience.

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Players

Our current line up of musicians are as follows

Cornets
* Jerry Wilcock (soprano), Gavin Hall (principal), Andy Hornsby, Matthew Schroeter, Stephen Holgate, Jacky Doherty, Ria Stokes, Gary Bailey, Laura Nicholls, Richard Folkson

Horns
* Rhys Cave (flugelhorn), Kelly Hall, Keith Schroeter, Nick Bailey

Euphoniums / Baritones
* Hannah Morton, (vacancy), Warren Ringer, Norman Smith

Trombones
* Helen Creak, Kevin Timms, Michael Fowkes (bass)

Basses
* Andrew Marshall, (vacancy), Ray Phillips, (vacancy)

Percussion
* Mark Gibson, (vacancy)


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Musical Director - Nigel Taken (ALCM, LLCM, GLCM)

Nigel has been conducting brass bands at the very highest level for more than 25 years.

At the age of 15 he became the flugelhorn soloist with the City of Coventry Band and also played regularly with Harry Mortimer's All Star Brass and his Men O' Brass. Moving to London to study music, Nigel's trumpet tutor was the late Dennis Egan and after several years playing professionally, he moved into brass and music teaching. He is currently Music Co-ordinator at Goffs School in Hertfordshire, where he has worked for 24 years.

Nigel has many contest successes to his name, including victories at the West of England Championship Area contest and the London and Home Counties Championship Area contest. He has also conducted winning performances at the Grand Shield in 2006 and at the Yeovil Entertainment Contest as well as appearing at the National Championship Finals at the Royal Albert Hall, the British Open Championships and the All England International Masters many times.

Nigel is in great demand as a conductor and band trainer and works with many bands on a freelance basis.   After winning the 1st Section Area contest with Thundersley Band in 2014, Nigel was delighted to accept the position of Musical Director with Thundersley Brass and is building towards even greater success, as he leads us into the Championship Section for the first time in our history.

Committee, Appointments and Representatives


Band President - Pam Challis

Musical Director - Nigel Taken

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Committee

Chairman - Norman Smith

Band Secretary - Helen Creak

Treasurer - Gavin Hall, Fundraising Secretary - Rhys Cave, Contest Secretary - Gary Bailey, Librarian - Richard Folkson, Concert Secretary - Kelly Hall

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Webmaster - Michael Fowkes