Long Melford Silver Band is an amateur band with players ranging from 8 to over 80 years.
We have over 125 years of history!
The band performs regularly in Long Melford and surrounding areas and is available for bookings throughout the year.
We offer a wide range of options for your special events, such a Concerts, Summer Shows, Country Fairs, Christmas Concerts and Charity Events.
We provide an entertaining selection of music from the following:
All players pay an annual subscription that is decided at the Annual General Meeting and finally, fees from engagements of all types complete the fund raising as the means for maintaining instruments, uniforms, music, hire of the practice room, insurance and other essentials.
Liz Jarmin – Principal Euphonium
Henrie Hall – Euphonium (University)
Linda Sewell – Euphonium/ Baritone
Gill Newland – 1st Baritone
Wendy Morris – 2nd Baritone
Lilly – Baritone (training band)
Sarah Parkinson – Percussion
Tim Seppings – Bass Drum / Bugle
Sarah Ridout – 1st Trombone (Deputy Bandmaster)
Amanda Barrymore – 2nd Trombone
Sam Biggins – 2nd Trombone (University)
Vacant – Bass Trombone
Martin Gore – Flugel Horn (Secretary)
Sally –– Flugel Horn (training band)
Gordon Connah – Solo Horn
Rosie Campbell – 1st Horn
Nigel King – 2nd Horn
Richard Newland – Principal Cornet
Raymond Hume – Solo Cornet
Matt Byham – Solo Cornet
Lauren (surname) – Solo cornet
Felicity Gore – Soprano Cornet
Tim King – Repiano Cornet
Harry Copsey – 2nd Cornet
Stuart Mathieson – 2nd Cornet
Imogen Middleton – 3rd Cornet
Max – Cornet (training band)
Prudence – Cornet (training band)
Issac – Cornet (training band)
Caitlin – Cornet (training band)
Arthur Morris – Eb Bass
Elliott Harling – Eb Bass
Nicola Biggins-Jones – Eb Bass
Mike Murkin – Bb Bass
Vacany – Bb Bass
Liz Jarmin has been our Principal Euphonium for over 20 years. We asked Liz to talk about her banding career. This is what she said:
“Banding is in my genes. I have ancestors in the original band line up from 1890! As a child I can remember attending fundraisers, organised by our supporters club, with my parents. I started playing at school, aged 11, where my teacher was the wonderful Bill Newton. I was only ever interested in playing the euphonium – such a lovely sound! Bill encouraged me to join the band. At the same time one of our lovely bass players, Sid Knott, offered me extra lessons – gratis – alongside his daughter, Melanie, who was a school friend and very good trumpet player.
Under such good professional guidance I soon became established as a reliable 2nd euphonium, eventually moving to solo in my early 20’s. After a break of 5 years when my children were very small, I returned to the band and the 1st euph seat in 1993. Since then the band have become my “second family” and, under the leadership of our bandmaster Tony Martin, the band have become closer still. I try to give something back to the band by helping out with the training band, always keeping in mind the help and guidance given by Bill and Sid in the early days which set me off on the road to a hugely enjoyable lifetime of banding.”
Richard became Principal Cornet in 2014. He says this about his banding career:
“I come from a banding family. Mum and Dad met at band when they both played cornet, even my aunts were a part of the band at one point.
My dad who was a solo cornet player in Melford band since the 70’s, tried to get me interested in playing the cornet for years but I was never interested. He eventually gave up and that’s when I started to get interested. It was August 1995 (just after my 11th birthday) that I picked the cornet up and asked Dad if he could teach me. He was so proud and my training began in earnest. Over the next 3 months he taught me so much.
I joined the band in December 1995, the Conductor at the time was Roger Green, and started on 3rd Cornet playing carols (badly). At rehearsals I used to sit next to John Stewart (bass) and he showed me the ropes and helped me at practice. As soon as I started in the band I wanted the top seat! At that time it was occupied by Martin Gore. Martin was and still is a great player and I strive to one day be as good as him (I’m still trying).
I soon worked my way up to 2nd Cornet where I stayed for a few years, before moving to Flugel Horn which I loved and could have happily stayed there, but, I got a chance to move to Solo Cornet and took the opportunity (another step closer to the Principal seat). By this time my Dad had moved to playing Euphonium. I worked up from 4th Solo Cornet to 2nd Solo Cornet. Unfortunately, during this time my Dad passed away.
Being Martin’s right hand man was a privilege, he was a man I looked up to in band. However, I still had my heart set on the Principal position. I was 2nd Solo cornet for over 10 years before I finally got the opportunity to take Principal Cornet when Martin moved to Flugel Horn in 2014. It took me 18 years but I achieved my ambition. I know for a fact, if my Dad was still alive he would be proud of me and thinking of him makes me continue to strive to do my best at band.
The band community is very friendly and supportive and I feel privileged to have grown up with these experiences and look forward to the future.
It is with great sadness that we announce the loss of our bandmaster Tony Martin. A fuller article is situated here.
We are in a time of transition and will provide more information in due course.
About Tony Martin
Tony began his banding career at the age of 10 with Dalston Central Band in 1947 where he began with the Baritone, later moving to Bass Trombone.
He was an RAF musician from 1956-1959 (Bass Trombone) with the Western Band and Germany Band.
After the forces, he played bass trombone with London Shipping Orchestra from 1960 – 1964.
Tony was appointed Band Master of Dalston Central Band in 1963, where he taught many youngsters to play, until 1970.
Following that, Tony moved to Essex, where he played with Romford Band, Billericay and Rayleigh Bands. He was appointed Bandmaster of Rayleigh in 1994.
Tony moved to Suffolk in 2001 and joined Long Melford Silver Band in 2002, becoming the bandmaster in 2003.
Donations from our Charity Fundraising:
St Nicholas Hospice Care
East Anglian Air Ambulance
National Autistic Society
East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA)
East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA)
Cambridge Cancer Centre
Help For Heroes
Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal
Addenbrookes Hospital Teenage Cancer Care