Shanklin Town Brass Band

Rylstone Chalet, Popham Road, Shanklin, PO37 6RG

Registered Charity Number: 1134447


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On 30th July the Band received its Queen's Award for Voluntary Service from
Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of the Isle of Wight, Major General Martin White CB CBE JP


In June 2016 the Band was awarded
The Queens Award for Voluntary Service

The Queen’s Awards for Voluntary Service 2016 Press Release

Shanklin Town Brass Band, in Shanklin, Isle of Wight recognised with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service for 2016

A voluntary group from Shanklin who works in the community to promote Brass Band Music amongst young musicians, has been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.

In addition to providing low cost music tuition to budding musicians at its Saturday morning Brass Academy, the Band which itself became a charity in 2011, also supports many other Island charities, and organisations in their fund raising efforts. The Band’s current home is the Grade II listed Rylstone Chalet which is currently being restored to its former glory by a team of dedicated volunteers. The Band is proud to promote both Shanklin, and the Island whenever it competes in Brass Band Contests on the Mainland.

Malcolm, Karen and Charlotte Lewis from Shanklin Town Brass Band attended a garden party at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday 24th May 2016 where they met the Queen and other winners of this year’s award.

Shanklin Town Brass Band is one of 193 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year. The number of awards given to groups this year is slightly higher than last year, showing that the voluntary sector is thriving and full of innovative ideas to tackle community challenges.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work in their communities. The awards were created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and winners are announced each year on 2nd June – the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation.  

Award winners this year range from a War Memorial Community Trust, providing social facilities for the benefit of the community in Clwyd, Wales, to a club enhancing the community by developing individuals through athletics, in Ayrshire and Arran, Scotland.

Shanklin Town Brass Band will receive the award from the Lord Lieutenant of the Isle of Wight later this summer.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service Committee Chair, former broadcast journalist Sir Martyn Lewis said:

“I warmly congratulate all of the inspirational voluntary groups who have been rewarded for their community work with a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. The judging panel for this year’s awards were struck by the quality and breadth of all the successful groups.

The thousands of volunteers who give up spare time to help others in their community and to help solve problems demonstrate the very best of democracy in action.”

Minister for Civil Society, Rob Wilson, said:

“I would like to congratulate all groups who received this year’s Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, in recognition of their fantastic achievements. The huge amount of work and commitment these organisations put into their local communities is surpassed only by the passion and motivation of the individuals who volunteer. I hope these groups continue to inspire others to get involved and make a positive impact so that we can continue to build a more compassionate society.”

Chairman of the Band, Karen Lewis said:

"The award recognises the work, dedication and achievements of the Band since it was formed 22 years ago. The time and effort given by voluntary organisations across the Island greatly enhance the community we live in, and the more people that get involved, the better for us all."

The Band

Shanklin Town Brass Band was founded in 1993 and is based in Rylstone Chalet, which can be found in Rylstone Gardens, Shanklin, on the Isle of Wight.

We have a Senior, a Youth and an Intermediate Band; the Senior and Youth Bands regularly give concerts locally in Shanklin and in other venues on the Island. 

We also run a dedicated Brass Academy on Saturday Mornings during term time, thus enabling musical education, particularly the playing of brass instruments which are notoriously expensive, to be accessible to as many people as possible.

Our Senior Band competes in the Fourth Section of the National Brass Band Championships and both Senior and Youth bands compete at the Spring and Autumn contests run by the Southern Counties Amateur Band Association, where our Senior Band is currently in the Second Section.

Our Intermediate Band is our training band for beginners of all ages and abilities.

STBB At 21!

On the 18th October 2014 Shanklin Town Brass Band,
celebrated its 21st Birthday,
by playing to a sell out crowd at Shanklin Theatre

The You Tube clip below shows the Senior Band playing The Great Escape

Shanklin Youth Brass Band on stage at Shanklin Theatre!

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STBB is looking for players to join this talented band, whether you are experienced or a beginner - regardless of age.

If interested please e-mail us or telephone Karen Lewis on 07969 850898

Shanklin Town Brass Band is pleased to acknowledge the support of

Regent Pharmacy

Regent Street, Shanklin

Shanklin United Reformed Church

Our Mission

Shanklin Town Brass Band is a community organisation dedicated to teaching and performing brass band music across the Isle of Wight: entertaining the public and giving young people and adults the opportunity to play a brass instrument and participate in performances, competitions and individual examinations.

Page last updated 01 August 2016

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