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Sadly the Training Band is not currently meeting, although discussions are taking place to re-establish the Training Band.

Victoria on cornet and Jessica on Tenor Horn play a duet at a concert held at Mary Tavy in March 2012.

Jessica, James, Edward, Willow, Victoria and Emily with the Town Mayor Cllr Maureen McDonald, Cathy Lovegrove and Des Law at the Christmas 2011 Concert.

Members of the Training Band join the main Band caroling in Okehampton.

Big hugs and Best Wishes from the Training Band and the main Band to Josh “BRUCE” Quick who recently emigrated to Australia with his family. Please keep in touch !  

Lustleigh, 5th May

Thanks to the Training Band members who supported the Band at the Lustleigh parade and fete.  

Spring Concert, 3rd May 2012

Well done to Cathy and the Training Band for excellent performances at the Band’s Spring Concert. The Training Band members who played on the night were Linda, Emily A, James, Victoria, Edward, Jessica, Emily H and Willow.

If you would like to listen to some of their performances, please click on the following links:

Tenor Horn solo by Jessica

Cornet solo by Victoria

Duet by Jessica and Victoria

Well done to all !

More successes……. Following on from a successful contest at Helston in November, congratulation to the members of  the Training Band who competed and won medals and a cup at the 22nd Bideford Solo and Quartet Contest held on Saturday 9th June 2012.

Victoria won the Bideford Town Band Cup for the most promising player and Jessica won a 3rd place medal, both in the age 10 to 12 slow  melody class. James won a 3rd place medal in the age 17 and under Air Varie class.

Thanks to Emily and to Adrian Edwards for playing the piano accompaniments, and to Cathy for all her support in achieving success at the event.

A big thanks to Jane and Cyril Pascoe at Bideford Town Band, who are now  standing down as long time organisers of the event. The adjudicator at the contest was Gareth Churcher, who is the Musical Director at St. Keverne Youth and Senior Bands.

Jessica and Victoria.


September 2012 - Congratulations to Jessica Alexander for passing her Grade 2 Tenor Horn Exam with a Merit pass.

17th November 2012 Helston Town Band 54th Annual Solo and Quartet Contest….well played to Tori (called Tom on the day !), Emily (Haskell) and Jessica for strong performances at the Annual Helston competition. This is our second year of attendance, and again Tori and Jessica came away with a superb trophy, coming third in the Class 5 under 18’s Junior Duet. Big thanks to Emily Alexander for the piano accompaniment and to Cathy for supporting the Training Band contestants. All six are pictured below.

The adjudicator was Alan Morrison, who has served in several top bands, incuding Grimethorpe Colliery and Brighouse and Rastrick.

December 2012 - Congratulations to Edward Haskell for passing his Grade 4 Cornet exam - well done.

March 2013 - Congratulations to Jessica Alexander for passing her Grade 3 Tenor Horn Exam with a Merit pass.

Spring Concert, 25th April 2013……….Well done to Cathy and the Training Band for a brilliant performance at the Spring Concert, and to those that performed solos and duets. Big pat on the back to Ian for playing a solo after only playing an instrument for a couple of months.

Spring Concert - Training Bands newest player (welll soon !!) - Nevaeh on Horn.

23rd Annual Bideford Solo and Quartet Contest…….well played to all the Training Band members who played solos, duets and quartets at the Bideford contest, and who played in the mass band at the close of the contest. Thanks to Cathy for her support and to the pianists that supported our players on the day. Thanks to Bideford Town Band for arranging the event.

The adjudicators were Gareth Churcher and Gary Taylor.

Well played to Jessica for winning a second place silver medal in the 12 and under category, and to James for winning a silver medal in a quartet, in the 18 and over category.

A big “well played” to Tarrin for playing in his first contest at 8, to Willow for playing in her first contest at 11 and to Gary for playing in his first contest at 21 (and a bit) !

Tarrin (left) and Gary competing.

Gary, Tarrin, James, Jessica, Willow and Tori.

Bideford 2013.

2013 Christmas Concert. Thank you to the Training Band for playing at the annual Christmas Concert. Well done to those that played solo’s as well.

Also, well played to those that played carols at the Charter Hall on the 14th December.

St Dennis Band Solo and Quartet Contest held on the 30th November…..Well done to Jessica, Jazmine, Tarrin and Willow for competing at the St Dennis contest. This is our first visit to this contest, and everyone performed brilliantly, including Cathy who play a duet with Jessica.   

The adjudicator was John Maines BA (Hons) who is one of only two players ever to have gained the title of Champion Trombone Player of Great Britain on three successive occasions.


Saturday 11th June 2011

Bideford Brass Band Solo and Quartet Contest


Four of the younger members of the band, under the guidance of Cathy Lovegrove, took part in the annual Bideford Brass Band Solo and Quartet Contest, which has competitors coming from bands from near and far.


Victoria Isaac, aged 10 and Edward Haskell aged 11, both on cornet, played the duet ‘Allegretto’ in the 17 years and under category and came a well-deserved fourth.


James Alexander, aged 13 and Josh Quick aged 15, again both on cornet, played the duet ‘Love’s Old Sweet Song’ in the same age group and were very pleased with their second place.  


Many thanks to Cathy Lovegrove for the time and effort she put into bringing this together over recent weeks.  Thanks also to Adrian Edwards for kindly agreeing to accompany them on piano.


Pictured left are Josh and James in the back row, with Victoria and Edward in front.

Big smiles from Victoria, Jessica, Edward and James who all won trophies at the 2011 Helston Solo and Quartet Contest. A smile also from Emily who accompanied on the piano.  

Bideford Solo and Quartet Contest 2014.

A big thanks from the Band to Cathy for taking Jazmine, Willow, Jessica, Emily and Tarrin (playing a solo on the left) to the annual Bideford Contest in June where all the Training Band members played their hearts out.

Summer 14 - Well done to Emily Haskell for passing her Grade 2 baritone exam.

Well played by Cathy and the Training Band at the Spring 14 Band Concert.

Emily  playing the baritone.

13th June 2015. 25th Bideford Town Band Solo and Quartet Contest………Well done to Jessica and Willow  for playing solos in the annual Bideford contest, competing with players from across the South West and Wales. Thanks to Cathy for supporting them, and to Adrian for accompanying Jessica on Piano.

Chistmas Concert 2014 - big thanks to the Training Band for playing at the annual concert.

Summer 2015. Congratulations to Jessica Alexander for passing her Grade 5 ABRSM Tenor Horn exam.