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Denmead Training Band

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Entertaining the crowds at the Halying Island Plaza !



Formed in 2001, Denmead Training Band welcomes anyone with an interest in playing or learning to play a brass instrument. Over the years the band has gradually built up a regular membership of both children and adult learners.

Sarah Martin BA (Hons) PGCE, the Musical Director, actively encourages and inspires the band members to work hard to improve their playing. In 2006 Sarah's dedication was recognised when she won an award in the ‵Best Volunteer′ category of the We Can Do It awards run by The Portsmouth News.

Each week Sarah and her team of helpers from the main band, help the members to learn to play new and more challenging pieces of music and give them guidance not only on how to produce a good sound but also how to interpret the written work. Several members of the training band have progressed to the main band, and also represent youth bands at county and national levels.

The band entered their very first competition in 2007, competing against other training bands from the South West of England. They were awarded first prize. This success was followed up at the Portsmouth Music Festival with first places in 2010, 2016 & 2018. In 2016 the band also took part in the Festival's Gala Showcase concert.

Apart from the normal weekly rehearsals the Training band regularly take part in joint rehearsals with the main band, and are increasingly in demand to perform at local events.

Recent appearances include:

  • Denmead Proms in Park.
  • Portsmouth Music Festival - Gala Showcase.
  • Denmead Charity Bike Ride.
  • Denmead Scouts Dinosaur Derby.
  • Help the Heros Concert - Park Community School.
  • The Portsmouth Music Festival.