Free concert marks 50th anniversary of brass band

David Martin, musical director

David Martin, musical director

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Lancing Brass Band of the Royal British Legion is celebrating 50 years since it was founded.

Alf Crowther, the legion chairman at the time, worked tirelessly to lay the foundations of a new band after the closure of the Royal Sussex Regiment and Lancing Brass Band was formed in March 1966.

Tim Lincoln handing the baton over to David in 2012

Tim Lincoln handing the baton over to David in 2012

The first musical director was Bill Jacques. In 1974, Norman Warnes was appointed and he was succeeded briefly by Maurice Ozanne, followed by Tim Lincoln.

In 1991, Tim stood down for ten years while Alan Salter took up the baton but resumed control in 2000 until the present musical director, David Martin, succeeded him in 2012.

The band is no longer a competition band but it did enjoy success in the 1970s in the southern counties competitions, finishing second and third. In the 1980s, the band won prizes in quartets and septets.

Nowadays, it performs regular concerts locally and throughout Sussex.

Lancing Brass Band in 1967

Lancing Brass Band in 1967

Over the years, the band has toured the UK and Europe - France in 1982, the Low Countries in 1986, Germany and Austria in 1998, Brittany in1992, and the Isle of Wight in 1995.

Many members of the band have been involved for more than 20 years, some for 25 and in the case of Marilyn Salter, 40 years.

The current band, consisting of 28 members, practises weekly at the Royal British Legion, Culver Road, Lancing. New members are always welcome, especially new cornet players.

The band celebrates its golden anniversary with a concert at St Michael’s Parish Church, Lancing, on Saturday at 7.30pm. Free admission.

Concert at Hever Castle in 1999

Concert at Hever Castle in 1999

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Concert at Billingshurst Church in 1988

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