The Kirkby Stephen Silver Band is an established part of community life in this town and the Upper Eden valley and we play at most civic events, celebratory and commemorative. It currently has about 25 members ranging from almost complete beginners to very accomplished musicians; in addition to our conductor who is both an inspiring leader and a composer who can write music for almost any occasion. We also have a group of new players of all ages who are having lessons until they are ready to participate with the band in performances in the near future.
We have our own band room which we all help to keep smart and a marquee for use during outdoor performances if the weather forecast is gloomy. The band room where meetings take place is in Mill Lane, near Frank’s Bridge which crosses the river Eden, 5 minutes walk from the town centre.
There is a good, friendly spirit in this band. Practice nights take place every Monday from 7.30 to 9.30 and they are a lot of fun as well as purposeful work. Obviously people make mistakes, especially with new music, but more advanced players help newcomers because in the end everyone just wants the band to get better and better. Any band member who wants some extra practice can also join the Thursday evening session.
As a charity we have a committee (trustees) who deal with numerous organisational matters but anyone who can help in any way; gardening, cleaning, music-librarianship, fund-raising, setting up for events, getting instruments repaired … and so on … is valued.