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Long Eaton Silver Prize Band

Training Band

Training Band Logo

The earliest surviving record of the band's training section is from 1927, although the reference (in a newspaper article) implies that the band has had a training section since its founding in 1906 and probably before that in the old Temperance Band. The Training Band is lead by the group's Musical Director Sharon Stansfield and under her leadership has grown from 1 player in since 2001 to a thriving band of 49 (and that is excluding those in the beginners' group!) .

The player's ages currently range from 8 years to 86 years. Most of the children (and some of the adults) who attend have learnt to play an instrument and read music with the band, whilst other adults have taken up playing again after a break. Many players choose to remain with the training band even after the progressing to the senior band: currently we have 17 players who are members of both bands!

The band rehearses in our band room every Monday (except bank holidays and between Christmas and New Year) between 6:50 p.m. and 8 p.m. and always welcomes new players of any standard to play any brass instrument (or percussion). The band provides the free loan of an instrument, music and tuition.

The band is not registered for contesting, although it may enter occasionally enter an unregistered or training band sections: the band won the training band section of the "Battle of the Bands" contest in 2010 and 2011 and was second in the training band section of the "Brass on the Grass" contest in 2016.

The band gives a number of concerts each year: the band uniform is white shirt/blouse, black trousers/skirts and black socks and shoes. The band provides a band jacket and tie.

Training Band Diary

Date Start Event Post Code


Friday 16th November

6:00 p.m.

Ockbrook Christmas Lights
Outside the Royal Oak, 55 Green Lane, Ockbrook
(with the senior band; bring your own chair)

DE72 3SE

Saturday 17th November

10:30 a.m.

Christmas Carols, Lacemaker Court, 34 Tamworth Road, Long Eaton

NG10 1BE

Friday 23rd November

6:45 p.m.

Sawley Christmas Lights
Lakeside Park, Sawley


Thursday 29th November

5:45 p.m.

Long Eaton Christmas Lights
(with the senior band)
Market Square, Long Eaton

NG10 1LT

Friday 30th November

6:00 p.m.

Borrowash Christmas Lights
Outside the Co-operative Shop, Victoria Avenue, Borrowash
(with the senior band; bring your own chair)

DE72 3HE

Saturday 15th December

11:00 a.m.

Carols with the Long Eaton Churches Fellowship choir
Market Square, Long Eaton (with the senior band)

NG10 1LT

Monday 17th December

6:30 p.m.

Scouts & Guides Carol Service
All Saints Church, Sawley

NG10 3AT

Thursday 20th December

7:30 p.m.

Carol Concert at the Shaftesbury Club
278 Tamworth Road, Sawley

NG10 3FF


Saturday 11th May

2:00 p.m.

Spring and Plant Fair
St. Giles’ Church Hall, Church Drive, Sandiacre

NG10 5EE

Saturday 6th July


United Reform Church
Nottingham Road, Long Eaton

NG10 1HQ

Saturday 13th July

9:30 a.m.

Staveley Armed Forces Veterans Association Armed Forces Day
(with the senior band)
(park in the High Street, Staveley)

S43 3UU

Saturday 7th September

12:15 p.m.

The Larches Care Home
16 Queens Drive, Ilkeston


Saturday 7th December

11:15 a.m.
2:15 p.m.

The Larches Care Home
16 Queens Drive, Ilkeston