About

Phoenix Brass Band is a friendly 2nd section band based in Crewkerne, Somerset. We were founded back in 1995 with the ethos that banding should be fun, should not dominate your life yet we still take the music seriously. We are a contesting band and have enjoyed successes over the years since our foundation.

Please get in touch if you're interested in joining or would like to book us for an engagement.

A Short History of the Band

Scroll down the timeline below to see a few key dates and information about the band since 1995.

  • After a meeting over a few beers in the local pub, a group of players came together to form Phoenix Brass Band. Players came from a number of local brass bands and also included members from the old Crewkerne Town Band, and Crewkerne Concert Band. A number of these founding players are still in the band today.

  • Competed in the 4th Section at the West of England Championships finishing 4th overall, playing Mexican Fiesta by R Hanmer

  • After successes at the Annual Regional Championships, we competed at the National Finals for 3 years running (Birmingham '97, Harrogate '98 and Nottingham '99)

    1998 Regionals win, gaining qualifications to the National Finals for second year running

    Click here to see more "golden oldie" photos

  • After just 5 years of being formed, Phoenix won promotion to the National 2nd Section.

  • Matt Read (Principal Cornet) and Lynda Schofield (Tenor Horn) got married in Beaminster Church with the band playing at the service.

  • Moved to our own band room off Severalls Park Avenue in Crewkerne.

  • We performed for the Queen and Prince Philip during their visit to Crewkerne.

    Queen's Visit to Crewkerne

    Click here to see more photos from the Queen's visit

  • We performed for the Queen's Jubilee Concert at Hen Hayes in Crewkerne.

  • Joint concert in Crewkerne with local singers to raise money for victims of local floods.

  • Hosted a brass band workshop with David Thornton, supported by nearly 70 musicians and sponsored by local music shop, John Packer the brass and woodwind specialists based in Taunton.

    Brass workshop lead by David Thornton in 2014

    Click here to see more photos from our workshop

  • Charity concert to raise money for Dementia in conjunction with Chard Concert Brass.

  • Promotion back to National 2nd Section after winning 3rd Section. The contest and win was an emotional one as the band were only just coming to terms with the sudden loss of long standing BBb bass player, Roger Newton.

  • After our Regional success, we represented the West of England at the National Finals in Cheltenham. Our principal euphonium player, Steve Taylor, was forced to give up playing the euphonium after being diagnosed with Cancer, but was so determined to play a part on the day he joined our percussion section on stage even though he had been weakened by his chemotherapy treatments.

    National Finals 2016, the band warming up in the sun at the Caravan Club at the racecourse

    Click here to see more photos from Cheltenham

  • Meningitis awareness concert with Chard Concert Brass in memory of former player Roger Newton, in which we managed to raise over £1,600 for the charity.

    Listen to Roger's favourite piece "Ticket to Ride" which we played in his memory at the concert.

    Click here to watch & listen to other band performances

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Latest News
Boorer Returns to take Flight with Phoenix

Boorer Returns to take Flight with Phoenix

31st Jul 2018

We are delighted to announce that David Boorer is to return as Musical Director Read More
Gordon Harvey RIP

Gordon Harvey RIP

24th Jul 2018

We're sad to announce that one of our past members, Gordon Harvey, has passed away. Gordon was a member of the band for a number of years, playing anything from 3rd cornet to solo horn. Read More
Musical Director Vacancy

Musical Director Vacancy

15th May 2018

After two successful years, our MD Tom is sadly leaving us as his work takes him elsewhere. We're inviting applications to find a suitable replacement. Find out more about the band and the role. Read More
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