Melville Roach

We regret to report the death of Melville Roach of Helston, a long and staunch CTB supporter.
Melville's funeral will be held at Helston Church 2.00 pm on Wednesday 3rd April.


Barry Tresidder

It is with regret that we report the death of Barry Tresidder.
Alan Toy wrote, "Barry and I learned to play in the Youth Band under Joe Trounce. He had a career in the Army and then returned to Camborne Town Band under Derek Greenwood. He later took up conducting with Porthleven and Hayle Bands. His Dad, Granddad and uncles were stalwarts in Camborne for many years."
Barry's funeral will be on Monday the 25th March at 4.00pm at Treswithian Crematorium.


2013

West of England Championships 2013

This year it was Camborne Town Band and the Camborne Junior Contesting Band took which part in the championships at Torquay.

Steve Sykes led CTB to 4th place and produced a performance which included a great deal of fine playing and, as 4barsrest said, "...it was a performance with so much to enjoy".
Our congratulations to Flowers and Woodfalls who will represent the South West at London.

Alan Pope must be mightily pleased with the JCBs performance and with its reward. On this occasion 4barsrest and the adjudicators seem to agree as the Band claimed top spot in a large field of 21.   

Extract from 4barsrest:
Deserved winner

There was little doubt that there was a deserved winner, as the latest batch of amazing young talent to drop off the seemingly inexhaustible Camborne musical factory line claimed the title in splendid fashion under the direction of the inspirational Alan Pope.

He told 4BR that the decision to concentrate on the next generation in the Camborne Junior Contesting Band after so many of his older players had left for university was one he felt was the right thing to so.

Waiting in the wings

"We have another 50 players waiting in the wings," he proudly said as his young charges prepared for a long night of lemonade inspired celebration around him.

"We have so many young players ready to play their part that it’s difficult to try and make sure we can do the things we want to do. It won’t stop us trying though—and the next stop is the National Youth Championships, where we can field a bigger band."

Rivals there will already be shaking in their boots.



Another Presentation - 9th February 2013

Marcus Dunstan and Tony Mansell took their audio/visual roadshow to the National Maritime Museum on Saturday and delivered a show for the Falmouth Cruise Ship Ambassadors. Covering the history of Brass Bands in Cornwall it majored on the Camborne Bands and produced a useful contribution to the Band's coffers.
If anyone knows of any organisation which would like a presentation, and be prepared to donate £40 or more, then please contact Tony on 01872 552098 or tony.mansell369@btinternet.com. 



Yeovil Entertainment Contest - 2nd February 2013

This venue is not Camborne Town Band's luckiest of hunting grounds and the players will have to wait a further year before trying to bring the trophy back to the far west. 
The Band's performance was well-received by the audience but the delivery did not find favour with adjudicator, Chris Davis, who, although praising the playing, felt that the programme did not "hang together".
The highlight was, undoudedly, 'Helter Skelter,' played superbly by Charlie Hodge who deservedly won the cup for the best soloist of the day. The audience's tumultuous applause will undoubtedly remain with him for a long time.
The supporters who accompanied the players returned home disappointed with the result but proud of the performance. David Hamilton had clearly prepared them well and Steve Sykes had led them to a good performance.
Within the Band the spirit is excellent and the players now look forward to the challenge of the Regionals.  

Our congratulations go to Flowers who were first and to Friary Guildford and Mount Charles who were in second and third places.


Players

Camborne Town Band are delighted to welcome new signings Charlie Hodge on percussion, Nick Sanders on baritone and Matt Brown on solo cornet. These are in addition to four other players who have recently returned to our ranks: Darren Hendy on solo cornet, Kevin Dower on trombone, Nick Wills on Bb bass and Roland Woods on repiano.
We have to say farewell to Mark Letcher who has been our solo horn player and a valued member for the last eight years. We wish him well for the future.  


Death of Don Williams


It is with regret that Don Williams passed away in his sleep in the early hours of Saturday 5th January aged 81. He was at home in St Ives with his wife, Sylvia. Both his sons, Simon and Stephen played in CTB in the late 1970s to the mid 1980s and, during that time, Don took many photographs of the band. Don was a keen supporter and, with Bert Cook, rewired the bandroom in early 1980s.
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