March Brass 2000

 

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

7 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 In 2016 the band celebrated there 125years,

as a celebration the band invited the world famous Brighouse and Rastrick

band to join in a one off concert. Which was a great success.


 

After 21years of dedication to the band our secretary Debbie Watts has decided

to retire. The roll is now being taken on by Liley Eddy.