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Current Band

Hadstock Silver Band currently comprises over 30 members.

Cornets 3 Horns

Musical Director Diane Pannell
Principal Cornet Felicity Gore
Solo Cornets Owen
Martin Gore
Bryan Good
Ross
Theresa Jones
Soprano Cornet John Green
Repriano Cornet Terry Bird
Second Cornets Jennie Ingrey
Jenny Moss
Third Cornets John Organ
Reggie
Flugel Horn Elly Dann-Reed
Solo Horn Anon.
First Horn James Morgan
Second Horn Sue Organ
Lucy
Principal Euphonium Helen Slipper
Second Euphonium Glenn Oglesby
First Baritone Ann
Richard Campbell
Second Baritone Lesley Jenkinson
First Trombone Alison Missen
Second Trombone Terry Horsnell
Phil Biddulph
Bass Trombone Peter Philbin
Eb Basses Margo Osborne
Caroline
Bb Basses Bill Scott
Michal Cyrana
Percussion Hannah
Vacancy
At University Ivor Crooks - Euphonium
Matt Organ - Cornet
Rachel Organ - Baritone


History

Hadstock Silver Band was formed in Linton in around 1870, and over the last 150 years has been a mainstay in the lives on many brass players in around south-east Cambridgeshire. Around the turn of the century, rehearsals took place in a barn at the rear of the Bell Inn at Linton under the baton of a Mr Gillet, the Landlord. Mr Gillet was superceded on his retirement by a Mr George Lindsell, a Hadstock resident.

The First World War had huge reprecussions for Hadstock Silver Band where tragically many band members lost their lives. Mr Gillet returned to support the handful of surviving members in their efforts to rebuild the band; many new young players were trained up to fill the gaps in the ranks. The band remains indebted to Mr Gillet for the dedication he had in helping to ensure the band survived.

The next bandsmand to take up the baton was Mr Ted Biggs, he first joined the band in 1933 as a cornet player. Fastforward to 1981 and the band was rocked by the unexpected death of Mr Biggs; the recovery from this was slow. Mr Keith Harris took over as conductor at short notice and nursed the band through a difficult few years until 1984 before handing over the reins to the band's first female conductor, Diane Pannell. Under Diane's enthusiastic direction the band was built back up to full strength.

In 1991, under the guidance of Mr Richard Pannell, Hadstock Silver Band experienced an incredibly successful year of contesting. At the contest in Norwich the senior band won both the Hymn Tune and Test Piece competitions. This was matched by the youth band who also collected the trophies for Hymn Tune and Test Piece.

In 2004 Lisa Jardine was appointed as musical director, an experienced cornet player turned conductor Lisa took up the reigns at Hadstock Silver band with the aim of developing the band and increasing participation.
Over the next four years the membership of the band grew and finally gained enough players to make a return to contesting. In 2008, Hadstock Silver Band made a triumphant return to contesting with a triple victory at the East Anglian Brass Band Association Contest.

The band has found taking part in these competitions a rewarding experience and has noticed the improvement in the musicality throughout the band. Hadstock have noticeably developed in their performance at the contests with their greatest success coming in 2018 when they placed 4th in the Eastern and Southern Counties Area Contest in Stevenage.