Introducing The Staffordshire Brass Band
The band was originally named the Walsall Wood Institute Temperance Band
and became The Staffordshire Band in 1998.
Sat, 17 Dec | Walsall Wood
Staffordshire Band Christmas At St John's
100 years ago
The Staffordshire Band was originally formed as The Walsall Wood Institute Temperance Band in the 1900s and became The Staffordshire Band in 1998.
The band has enjoyed significant success over the years, including several appearances at the Royal Albert Hall in the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain. More recent prize-winning performances include, Butlins Mineworkers Contest (winners of the First Section); Midlands Area Contest (winners of the First Section); National Championships of Great Britain (Third place in First Section) and Bolsover Festival of Brass (Third place in Championship and First Sections).
Samuel Shelley is a young, up-and-coming composer and arranger that is making a name for himself in the brass band world.
Hailing from Cannock, Staffordshire, Sam was first introduced to the music of brass bands by his Grandad, Keith Hender at just 12 years old. After attending many concerts and contests, he was inspired by the music and particularly interested in how composers create and write their pieces. Being bought up by a musical family, at the age of 14 Sam joined his local Salvation Army Brass Band on the drums, something that he still enjoys doing today.
At the age of 16, Sam composed his first piece, ‘Heart Of Mine’, which was first performed at the West Midlands Summer School in 2013. After this, he was invited to attend a composition masterclass with Kenneth Downie and Andrew Blyth which enhanced his writing skills to another level.
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