The band was formed in February 1979 and held its first practice in the Church at Vines Cross on the 6th March 1979.
Starting with just six playing members, they were collectively known as Vines Cross Modern Brass.
In 1980 the band moved to Hailsham and began rehearsing at Marshland School. During that year, the band membership increased four-fold to 24 members and the name was changed to Hailsham and Vines Cross Modern Brass.
In October 1982, the band moved to Union Corner Hall in Hawks Road, Hailsham and has rehearsed there ever since.
The band changed its name to Wealden Brass in 1997 and now regularly performs throughout East Sussex including Eastbourne Bandstand. The band has built up an enviable reputation for entertaining concerts.
Under the musical directorship of Mr David Padget, who was elected into the post in 1998, the band grows from strength to strength.
The band carries out a great deal of charity work in helping to raise money for good causes.
Some of the beneficiaries include:
Wealden Brass & HCC Raise £667 for Wings Appeal
- Hailsham RAFA Association
- St Mary’s Church (Hailsham)
- Anthony Nolan
We have regular attendance at our practices in the Union Corner Hall, with approximately 26-30 members. Three of these are founder members.
Even though our membership is strong, we have vacancies that we would like to fill and we are always on the lookout for talented musicians to join us.
In 2008 we received some Lottery funding in the Awards for All programme, which was used to buy four instruments. We have a selection of spare instruments available to lend to get new players started. We have a training group that meets every Tuesday at 7.15 pm, to prepare beginners for the main band.
In fact, you don’t even need to be able to play to join our group. One of our members is a qualified music teacher and will help you to get started.
In 2004 the band celebrated its silver anniversary with a concert in the Hailsham Community Hall, followed by a reception for the friends, supporters, former members and other alumni, including the long-suffering family and friends who do so much to support and assist the musicians.
The band has a very friendly atmoshere and every excuse is taken to have cake and drinks after a rehearsal to celebrate.
Exciting News for 2016…
We have just recorded our first CD, ‘Wealden Brass At The Movies’, it contains a selection of well known themes and tunes from popular films. If you are interested in purchasing a copy, they will be available at all our concerts or you can contact us directly.
Come and join us…
If you are interested in joining Wealden Brass, please contact our secretary Caroline Haylor on (01323) 843753. You can also call or E mail Caroline if you would like Wealden Brass to play at your event/concert. You can also email us for more information, by contacting any of the following committee members:
Secretary: Caroline Haylor – firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer: Trevor Rood – email@example.com
Musical Director: David Padget – firstname.lastname@example.org