The 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 Prize Band. As the band developed they became very successful at contesting, giving many other bands a run for their money.
With the railway no longer associated with the band, members decided that the new millenium was the 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 afield ie:- Wisbech, Tydd St Giles, Ramsey and Lakenheath to attend weekly practices. Similarly there are a number of learners attending the beginners classes that cater for all differing abilities.
With the passing years many players have come and gone but one euphonium player, Ivor Smith, himself an ex-railway worker, has been playing for over 63 years with the band!
It’s Musical Director is Nigel Sutterby. Nigel joined March Brass in 1978 and he began playing when he was 11 and so has been playing for more than 30 years! Nigel played principal cornet for March for over 10years and was Bandmaster of March for about 5 years. Nigel Conducted the Lakenheath Band for six years and is currently conducting the Forest Heath District Band,a position he has held for over 5 years, he has also previously been the principal cornet and Chairman of Lakenheath Band.
As it receives 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 together with performing in excess of 25 engagements a year at carnivals and fete throughout 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
If you are interested in supporting March Brass 2000 either as a player or otherwise or wish the band to play at your event please contact their Secretary, Deb Watts, on (01354) 655429