Torrington Silver Band has been in existence for over sixty years. The band welcomes experienced players but equally welcome are those who want to come and learn. There is also a thriving corps of drums which are always an attraction at local events.
The band features at local annual events such as the May Fair ceremony and Carnival and the Remembrance Day commemoration. The players put on concerts during the year and play for weddings and birthday celebrations and take part in civic parades, fêtes, competitions and festivals all over the South West. There have been some memorable trips to Roscoff with the twinning association and every other year the band welcomes the French visitors, entertaining them at various twinning events. At Christmas time they play for the Big Sing and on Saturdays before Christmas they play carols in the square.
The band started back in 1952 under the direction of Len Short, who trained so many young people to play an instrument, and had many successes culminating in playing at the Royal Albert Hall in the National Finals. In 2002 the band came together to celebrate fifty years and recorded a CD ‘In the Mood’. The band rehearse and perform at the former Howe Church building in Castle Street.
For further information please visit the Silver Band website: http://torringtonsilverband.com/