2020 Lockdown Projects
The coronavirus lockdown in Spring 2020 meant that SBA were not allowed to meet. Instead, the players recorded their own parts and sent them to Lauren Hickman, who compiled them into two amazing performances: Academy Band played Game of Thrones, Senior Ensemble played The Sweeney.
MARCH 16th 2020 COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS
Please be advised that the committee of the SBA have taken the decision to cancel the remaining two rehearsals this term, following Government directives.
We will keep you informed of when rehearsals will re-commence as soon as information is available to us.
SCABA Spring Contest March 2020
The Academy Band travelled to Brighton to compete in the contest, performing the challenging Malvern Suite, and came second with their fantastic performance.
The Senior Ensemble played for the Creative Foundation at the Switching on of the Christmas Lights for the Creative Quarter, Old High Street, Folkestone 15.11.19
Special Guest- torrential rain!
They were also invited back to play at Sainsbury West Park Farm store to share festive music with weekend shoppers.
The SBA were also invited to play carols at the Hawkinge community Carol Service and the Turning on of the Etchinghill Christmas lights.
We Will Remember Them
9th November 2019- A superb performance by the SBA Training Band at the Youth Festival of Remembrance.
The Senior Ensemble played at the Garden of Remembrance Dedication service in Folkestone on 3rd November
A big thank you to Major Paul Norley, Director of Music with the Coldstream Guards, for a fabulous day of workshops with our Training band, Academy band and Senior ensemble. Congratulations to all the bands for their amazing work. They all rose to the occasion, concentrated hard and produced some fantastic music.
On January 26th we were very pleased to welcome Mr Wayne Hopla, Musical Director of the Princess of Wales Royal Regiment to our rehearsals. He ran a series of workshops for all the SBA bands which were educational and fun!eading 1
Trevor Attwood Memorial Concert
Folkestone Rotary Club Donation
We were so thrilled to be the beneficiaries of Rotary Club of Folkestone's annual fund raising this year. Chairman Bill Wright and Secretary Peter Woodward-Bailey came along to enjoy our Christmas family concert on 15th December and handed over a cheque for £2500! Such a enormous amount of money for us. We will be putting it to good use on instruments for our 60 strong academy of young players over the coming months. A huge thank you to The Rotary Club and all their members for their generosity, from everyone at SBA.
Christmas 2018 with SBA
We have had a busy month performing across Shepway. Our Ensemble band were invited to welcome shoppers at Sainsbury's Park Farm store.
The Academy band were proud to be invited to play at the Hawkinge community Carol Service, and also at the Etchinghill Residents' Association carols and Lights event
Trevor Attwood Merit Cup
A concert by The White Cliffs Symphonic Winds was held in memory of their principal trumpet player, Trevor Attwood, at St Mary's Church, Walmer on Saturday 17th February 2018.
The photo below shows our Karen Hickman receiving a cheque on behalf of Shepway Brass Academy from Musical Director Graham Harvey for £1000 donated from proceeds of the concert which will go towards the Trevor Attwood Merit Cup.
Shepway Brass Academy are very honoured to be selected by the Attwood family to receive donations to be used to set up The Merit Cup which will be an annual award given to a member of the Academy in recognition of their contribution to the Academy..
Sept 2017-April 2018 Newsletter
Etchinghill Village Sign
Shepway Brass Academy were pleased to be invited to the opening of the new Etchinghill Village Sign on Wednesday 21st June 2017.
Below are a few photos courtesy of Cllr Miss Susan Carey.
BAND ON THE PIER 2017
BAND ON THE PIER
WO1 Kerwin (Bandmaster) BA
Simon Kerwin, Bandmaster to the Nottinghamshire Band of The Corps of Royal Engineers will be joining us on Saturday 25th February for a workshop with all the Shepway Brass Academy Bands
Simon has been the Bandmaster of the Nottinghamshire Band of The Corps of Royal Engineers since its formation in Jun 2007. Recruited as a civilian, he has adapted with ease into the very prestigious position he now holds. Simon is a world class tuba player as well as being a composer and arranger for all genres of bands and orchestras.
Best of Brass Concert
Come along and find us on Saturday 4th February 2017 along with Snowdown Colliery Welfare Band
Karen Hickman has taken over the role of Secretary and can be contacted at
May it bring Shepway Brass Academy another year of progress and fun ....
Come along and find us on Saturday 10th December 2016 along with The Band of The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment.
Come along and find us on Saturday 15th October 2016
New Rehearsal Venue ....
New Academy Timetable ....
For the new 2016/2017 Term we move to a new Rehearsal Venue.
Community Hall, Christ Church CE Primary Academy, Brockman Road, Folkestone, CT20 1DJ
You will find the entrance gate just at the end of Brockman Road in Coolinge Road.
This venue gives us more options with seperate rooms for practice.
The new Academy timetable is .....
Beginners Band: 0900 - 0930
Developing Band: 0935 - 1020
Training Band: 1025 - 1110
Intermediate Band: 1115 - 1245
This time table will allow the groups to mix better with the posibility of the students trying the different bands.
We came second...
Shepway Brass Academy excelled themselves today (24th April 2016) at the annual Scaba Spring Contest held at The Hawth, Crawley. Musical Director, Paul Driscoll was proud with the hard work that all the band members had contributed to this performance.
Thanks also to all the parents for supporting and transporting the band members to Crawley.
Well done to all on your second place..... thats 2nd in the Hymn Tune, 2nd in the March and 2nd in the Test Piece!