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Marshfield Band is led by experienced conductor and euphonium player Steve Ruddell, aka Barney, who became our conductor back in 2021.  Barney first joined the band at the age of 8, some time ago (he won't admit just how long!) and has remained a dedicated member ever since.  Barney was presented a certificate and badge to mark his place on the Gloucestershire Brass Band Association's Roll of Honour in 2022, in recognition of 50 years' service to the brass banding movement, in 2022.

Barney's not alone in this honour; flugel player extraordinaire Bev Williams also received his certificate and badge last year. Yet it's an equally friendly band for newcomers; we've also welcomed several talented new members into our existing ranks over the past couple of years.

If you're reading this and considering your next banding move, why not come and give us a try?

Vacancies

We are a friendly band who always welcome new players to our existing ranks. We'd love to hear from any bass, euphonium and cornet players who are looking for a space in a welcoming, enthusiastic local band, whether you're experienced, a keen improver, or returning after a break from playing.

In particular, after the retirement of our much-loved percussionist Barbara last year, we're very keen to hear of any percussion / kit players, whether you're already accomplished, or learning and of a reasonably independent standard.

If you fancy coming along, we rehearse every Wednesday evening between 8:00 pm and 9:30 pm, at Withymead football pavilion in Marshfield.

If you are interested, just email our secretary Sarah on squirrelsflugel@gmail.com, call the Musical Director Barney on 07735 901415, or simply show up on a Wednesday evening.

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History

Marshfield Band was formed in the early 1930's with about eighteen players including three percussionists. During World War 2 the band instruments were acquisitioned by the Aerodrome at Colerne for use by the RAF Band; these were returned afterwards in a poor condition.

The band had a break throughout the war, but in 1947, a few pre-war members (M. Deacon, N. Pullin, R. Purnell, D. Moules, P. Fuller and ex-RAF player T. Olden) started practising again, and then played carols to raise funds to help re-form the band.

Marshfield band in the early 1980s
The band as it was in the early 1980s

In Febuary 1948, Mr Herbert Sevior of Kingswood, Bristol, was engaged as Bandmaster. Quite a few men from the village joined and added to the few pre-war members, and the band started to develop over the next few years. The band began to perform at engagements such as fetes, shows and carnival processions throughout the years.

During these years Mr V. Cook started a learners' class for young boys and girls who would later join the main band. At this time the band had purchased quite a selection of instruments to make up the required strength for contesting purposes. Mr A. Hendy supplied his coach to take the band to all engagements free of charge (not many cars in those days), later becoming a bass player with the band.

When Mr Herbert Sevior resigned, for a short period Mr Stan Young became Bandmaster. The band had lost quite a few members to other bands at this time. In the year 1963 the band was down to just eight players!.

Mr Chris Hart then became Bandmaster, bringing with him quite a few young members that he had been teaching. The band gradually progressed over the next few years, during which time the word "Bandmaster" was changed to Musical Director. Owing to other commitments, Mr Hart resigned and Mr Daniel Weston took over.

To raise money to purchase new instruments for the band, we would collected unwanted paper from residents in the village and this would be sold to the local paper mill. The band started to become strong, enabling it to start contesting again. When Mr Weston resigned, the band had a number of Musical Directors for short periods until Mr Melvin Howe took over.

The band won the Fourth Section area contest, Weston Super Mare, Reading, Hanham and the Forest of Dean Contests over a two year period, and travelled to Holland to play in town centres and the surrounding areas, taking the Third Prize in the brass section of the Maastricht European Contest.

Like many bands, we have had ups and downs with the numbers of members, and in 2014 we decided to become a non-contesting band, playing for our own pleasure and performing in fetes, carnivals, Christmas activities and in local parks throughout the Marshfield area and beyond.


Thank you to Derrick Ruddell for the above article.

Added by admin August 9, 2010 (9:06PM)