The Heathfield Silver band has been in existence since 1888, you can read more about our historic past by visiting our history page.

We have rehearsed in the same band room since  the 1930’s. We we were able to purchase the band room in 1955 for a princely

sum of £255 and by doing so helped to secure the future of the band. In 1977 the band was granted Charitable

Status with the aim of  the band actively promoting and teaching brass band music in the Community.

The band performs at many engagements each year to raise much needed fund to enable the band to continue its

commitment to offer free tuition to anyone who wishes to learn regardless of means or ability.

The band is a very friendly and relaxed band with members between the ages of 9 and 84. We have a training

band that allows new members to improve their playing abilities to a point where they are confident to join the main band.

 

A small committee of hard working members diligently runs the present band.

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Our President

Geoff Pickering

Very soon after accepting the position as Vicar of All Saints’ Old Heathfield in September 1997 Geoff  had the pleasure of hearing

Heathfield Silver Band play and was determined to invite the band to join with the Church for their Service of Nine Lessons and Carols.

So began an enjoyable association between the Church and the band  playing at all the Church fetes and Carol services.

This association led to some members of the band accompanying a small group of carol singers as we made our way around

local hostelries raising much needed funds for Demelza Children’s Hospice.

After retiring from the ministry in 2008 following a major heart operation Geoff was invited to become President, which he was

pleased to accept and we consider it to be an honour and a privilege to have Geoff as our President.

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Following long service to the Heathfield Silver Band, it was decided in 2012,

to Appoint Two Honorary lifetime Vice Presidents.

Ernest Sherlock and Ted Lee

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Our Musical Director

Sarah Leeves

Sarah joined the Band at the age of 10 when she was spontaneously taken along to a rehearsal by a family friend!

Her interest blossomed and whilst at Heathfield Community College she played in the National Youth Wind Orchestra and went on to study

Euphonium at the Royal Northern College of Music. Since then she has been a full time brass teacher in Brighton & Hove, and is well known

as a conductor

and trombone and euphonium player, around and about Sussex.

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Our present Treasurer

Mostyn Cornford

Mostyn’s son Peter who played in the band persuaded Mostyn to come along to an engagement and bang the drum, with no intention of staying, that

was 31 years ago. At 71 years old Mostyn is still banging the drum but now plays a variety of percussion instruments. Mostyn has been the

Band Treasurer for 28 years. Mostyn’s daughter and granddaughter were also encouraged to join the band. About 15 years ago Mostyn saw the need

to enlarge the band room, at this time the band room lacked a water supply and toilet facility. Mostyn a builder by trade set about drawing up plans and

obtaining planning permission to enlarge the building. The plans were to provide extra accommodation

and facilities such as a toilet and small kitchen. Mostyn then set about building the new improved band room himself

with the help of willing volunteers from the band. The works were completed in 2005 and was officially opened by Mr David Dimbleby. Mostyn’s hard work

has provided a more comfortable environment to practise in and hopefully will be used for many years to come. In the mean time we hope Mostyn will

carry on banging the drum for many years to come.

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Our Band Secretary

Mallory Hansford

Mallory joined the Band in 2009 on cornet as a complete novice. She has now moved over to tenor horn and continues to enjoy learning and playing.

She is proof that you are never too old to learn something new!! As Band Secretary she enjoys organising the engagements and the “people” part of the

job but hates cleaning the bandroom toilet!!

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Our Chairman

Richard Leeves

Richard is a well known figure around Heathfield having farmed in the area for 1968 Richard has been involved with the band since 1990.

His daughter Sarah who is now our Musical Director played in the band for 10 years reaching the position of Principal Euphonium. When the position

of Chairman became vacant, they looked outside the band to fulfil this role, and Richard volunteered his services and was elected Chairman in 2005.

Since becoming Chairman Richard who “was” a non playing member agreed to help Mostyn on the marches and now plays the bass drum and cymbals

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Our Librarian

Ted Lee

Ted joined the band in 1952 making him the longest serving member of the band. Ted was recognised for his long service to banding from SCABBA

in 2002 Ted took on the job of librarian in 1968 and continues to this day.