Past Friends

2016 was a tough year for the band, it started with the sudden loss of one of our longest standing members, Roger Newton and ended with Steve Taylor losing his fight with cancer.

Both players were very much part of the Phoenix family and will be truly missed by all in the band. We thought given the time and commitment they put into their banding, that they both deserved a small section on the website.

In Our Thoughts

Roger

Roger was the kindest man you could ever wish to meet. He had a very dry sense of humour and was loved by everyone. He was one of the longest serving members of the band and rarely did he miss a rehearsal or job. He was a true bandsman, a man you could always count on.

Read more about Roger and his time with Phoenix


Steve

Our Principal Euphonium player, Steve passed away in December after a battle with cancer. Steve came from a musical family and had a good banding pedigree having played in many great Salvation Army bands in and around the London area. He was a great asset to the band, not only for his excellent Euphonium playing, he also stepped in and conducted the band when required, but most of all, like Roger, he was a true bandsman and was always there ... even through the worst of his illness.

Read more about Steve and his time with Phoenix

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Government U-Turn Means No Imminent Return to Rehearsals or Performances

Government U-Turn Means No Imminent Return to Rehearsals or Performances

10th Jul 2020

Last night (9 July) the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) issued new guidance for the performing arts which will prevent even small groups gathering to play with immediate effect. Read More
Exmouth Entertainment Contest Cancelled

Exmouth Entertainment Contest Cancelled

29th May 2020

Unfortunately due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation, the South West Brass Band Association (SWBBA) have made the difficult decision to cancel this years Exmouth Entertainment Contest due to be held o... Read More
Crewkerne Station community writing and memory project

Crewkerne Station community writing and memory project

26th May 2020

Friends of Crewkerne Station have launched a community writing and memory project, to celebrate the 160th anniversary of the opening of Crewkerne Railway Station. Phoenix Brass Band were due to ... Read More
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