Truro 2006

From the West Briton: Silverware for Constantine Band

Saturday was an historic day in Constantine Silver Band’s life. They played at the Cornwall brass band association competition in Truro and walked away with not just one trophy as the winners of the fourth section, but also the best instrumentalist of their section being awarded to Belinda Reynolds – principal cornet – and a shield for Mr Keith Anderson, musical director of the winning band.

The achievement of this success is the result of much dedication and hard work by the players themselves and a new challenge for their musical director Mr Anderson, who took up the baton just 18 months ago. Keith has been involved with local bands for many years and has attracted new players, thus improving the band’s performance to a higher standard. He has added much to the band with his musical knowledge, drive and enthusiasm.

Constantine Silver Band with musical director Keith Anderson <br>and the trophies won at the Cornish Championships in Truro in 2006
Constantine Silver Band with musical director Keith Anderson and the trophies won at the Cornish Championships in Truro in 2006

The best instrumentalist award to Belinda was greatly deserved and her performance on the day flawless, and her success richly deserved. Not only is she a great player, but also an enthusiastic worker and dedicated member. She and her husband Chris, who holds the position of band secretary, are totally conunitted members and recently their two daughters have become senior band players, this being the fourth generation of the family to have been associated with the band’s history. The girls, along with others who have recently moved to the senior band, first began their banding in the junior section and were taught by Mr Anderson and Alyson Smith, who give up much of their time for tutoring the youth and the band’s future.They are keen to welcome anyone who would like to learn music. Practice nights are on Fridays from 7pm. The band’s success in winning the title is a credit to their hard work and also as added reward for the band’s chairman and his wife Dougie and Fran Down, who have actively shared their life with the band on a daily basis for 29 years since they reformed it in 1977, and they take this opportunity to say congratulations and to add how proud they are of the band’s success.

To have entered this particular contest over the past 20 plus years and missed winning it by the narrowest of margins on a number of occasions, it is a wonderful reward and a feeling of elation. Although the band have been extra busy with rehearsals for the concert, they still found time to fulfil local requests, one of which was to play at a 90th birthday.

The band is now looking forward to a very busy summer season, the high-light being their ‘Brass on Grass’ on July 16, where they will be celebrating 25 years of brass on grass. Guests for this concert are Camborne town band, Helston town band, St Keverne band and the hosts Constantine Silver Band, which makes this a night to really look forward to.