Sandhurst Enter the Championship Section! As the 1st January arrived, there was more than the new year's festivities of note to the players of Sandhurst Silver Band. For the first time in it's 101 year history, the band officially entered the Championship section. Just over seven years ago Sandhurst were competing in the fourth section, the lowest section in the brass band world. The progress of the band in the intervening years has been remarkable. With the arrival of Roger Burke as musical director, the band soon found winning form and began its rise in the contesting arena. Consecutive wins at the London and Southern Counties regional championships saw the band promoted through the third and second and first sections where it arrived in 2006. The reigns were then taking over by Ian McElligott for the regionals in 2008 and 2009, where the band finally secured promotion to the top flight of brass banding. It is great credit to both Roger and Ian that their committment and hard work have taken the band so far in such a short period of time. The hard work really starts now however, with the prospect of an extremely challenging piece for this year's regionals. The band will have to pull out all the stops just to retain its place at this level. With the first rehearsal of 2010 cancelled due to the snow, the band will be keen to get into the practice room and start work on 'English Heritage' in the hope that they can continue to make the town of Sandhurst proud of their band and fly the flag for the southern counties. The BandSandhurst Silver Band is a friendly, progressive and independent brass band that has been making music in the community since 1908. It has enjoyed contesting success in recent years, and has just secured promotion to the Championship Section from 2010 onwards. http://www.sandhurstband.co.uk Vacancies We welcome players at all levels of ability and currently have a vacancy for a First Class Cornet player and a second trombone. Click here to find out more about joining Sandhurst. Sandhurst Community Brass is open to players of all abilities and meets on Thursday evenings at 7.30pm. The aim of SCB is to provide opportunities for new and developing players to enjoy making music under expert guidance.