March Brass 2000- Celebrating 125 years

 

History of the Band 

 

MARCH BRASS 2000,formerly the March Railway Silver Band,was formed in 1891 in a small fenland town in Cambridgeshire.A town which boasted the largest railway marshalling and storage yard in Europe during the Second World War.

The band contained mainly railway workers hence their title March Railway Silver Band. As the band developed they became very successful at contesting,giving many other bands a run for there money.

With the railway no longer associated with the band, members decided that the new millennium was ideal time to change it's name to March Brass 2000

The band is a friendly family-orientated brass band with over 30 members from as young as 9 to over 70 years of age. The majority of these live in the town but several travel from further a field.

Similarly there are a number of learners attending the beginners classes that cater for all different abilities.

With the passing of years many players have come and gone but one Euphonium player, Ivor Smith, himself an ex-railway worker, has been playing for over 65 years with the band!

It's Musical Director is Nigel Sutterby, Nigel joined March Brass in 1978 and he bagan playing when he was 11 years old and so has been playing for over 35 years! Nigel played principal cornet for March for over 10years and was Bandmaster for 5 years. He is the youngest generation of Sutterby family following in his Father and Grandfather footsteps who were both previously players in the band.

As it recieves no financial support, the band raises the necessary income to cover it's annual expenditure through fundraising events organised by a very supportive Chairman/Trustee at carnivals and fetes thoughout the summer months and carol concerts during the festive period.

The band has taken part in several media broadcasts and also performed in concert with the top contesting band G.U.S

It is now 125 years since they were first establish and in the celebration of this, have been able to invite Brighouse and Rastick Band down to March to join them in one special concert.