Band celebrates centenary with grand concert

TILBURY Band is commemorating its centenary this year and is celebrating with a Grand 100th Anniversary Concert on Saturday, 28 September at the Tilbury Cruise Terminal starting at 7.30pm.

The band will be joined on the night by special guests, the Romford Drum and Trumpet Corps, and also by Thomas Nielson, one of Britain’s most promising young cornet players and winner of the 2018 BBC Young Brass Award.

The Tilbury Band was formed as the Tilbury Railwaymen’s Band in 1919, by the Tilbury Branch of the National Union of Railwaymen, in the Tilbury Docks. Two years later the band was re-named the Tilbury Town Band, and became the Tilbury Band in the 1960s.

Apart from a short break in World War 2 the band has been active ever since, performing at Concerts and Brass Band contests all over the country. In its 100 year’s history hundreds of musicians of all ages have benefitted from the training, tuition and facilities at the Tilbury Band and the band continues to flourish today under the Musical Direction of Melvin White.

The Band still has its headquarters in Tilbury close by the docks in Dock Road, Tilbury in a hall built in the 1970s that continues to be its much loved home.

Brian Martin is Chairman of the Band. “It’s a huge achievement to still be active in the community for such a long time, giving musicians the opportunity to learn to play brass instruments and enjoy the experience of happiness and relaxation that music brings to people’s lives.”

“We’re a self-funded voluntary group who are continuing the rich folklore of brass-banding that evolved from village, factory and pit based bands into the mass movement that maintains the tradition of music for all that still exists today”

Tickets for the event are £5 each and available from the Tilbury Band and on sale at the door on the night.

For more information contact Brian Martin 07933788154