and Highbridge Band to celebrate 70th year this Sunday
celebratory concert is be held this weekend to mark the seventieth
anniversary of the formation of Burnham and Highbridge Band.
special concert will be held on Sunday 27th September, starting
at 7.45pm, in Burnham's Princess Theatre.
band was formed in 1945, mostly from ex-servicemen who formed
an ad-hoc group playing a variety of instruments but mostly pipes
member Ken Henton told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "As a result of
keen interest shown by local people and businessmen the band rapidly
expanded and by 1947 had become a full brass ensemble, when it
was given official status by the then Urban District Council."
band has continued to provide music for the people of Burnham
and Highbridge and indeed to a much wider audience continuously
1952 until the beginning of the 2000s the band was involved in
the brass band contesting scene with a variety of results, of
some of which the band can be justly proud. "
during more recent years Burnham and Highbridge has removed itself
from contesting to concentrate on well constructed and performed
is now a well-respected concert band, well known in the area for
its Princess Theatre Sunday evening concert, church concerts and
background music at a number of local horticultural shows during
the summer months."
last year the band lost its long standing and innovative Musical
Director, David Fisher, but the baton has now been taken by an
up-and-coming young brass specialist Steven Sykes, son of the
virtuoso tuba player of the same name."
band looks forward to developing its musical and entertainment
skills, even further under his guidance.
for the concert are available from the Princess Box Office and
from their website at the very reasonable cost of £6 (£5