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About Us

Staines Brass Bands have been making music since 1930, and have occupied the band HQ in the Lammas Recreation Ground in Staines since 1990.

Formerly the Staines United Temperance Band rehearsing at the Staines Methodist Church, the band has grown to include both a contesting brass band competing at the top national levels, Staines Brass, and a high-quality concert band performing in and around the borough, the Staines Lammas Band

Staines Brass rehearse on a Thursday night, 8pm-10pm

Staines Lammas Band rehearse on a Tuesday night, 8pm-10pm

Band President: John O'Hara  |  Band Vice President: Robin Sider

Staines Brass
2nd Section Band
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Musical Director:  Gareth Trott

We are delighted to announce the appointment of our new Musical Director, Gareth Trott. Gareth is a very talented young musician from Pembrokeshire in South West Wales. Seen as a major appointment for the band, he lists his skills as a conductor, band trainer, teacher and soloist. He is also an established composer in the brass and wind band worlds.
Gareth is a serving military musician, currently with HM Band of the Irish Guards and transferring to the Welsh Guards in November 2022.
In his time in the British Army, Gareth has explored a colourful career performing all over the world and for a vast array of occasions such as the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the first presidential visit of Donald Trump, and performances alongside Tom Jones and Bryn Terfel for the BBC Festival of Remembrance. More recently, Gareth has been involved in both the proclamation of King Charles III and the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II.
From his early days of playing with Goodwick Brass Band and Milford Haven Town Band in Wales, Gareth learnt to play the euphonium and was a former member of the National Youth Brass Band of Wales as well as the National Youth Orchestra of Wales.
Continuing this early success, Gareth took up a career in music studying for a BMus Performance Degree and Brass Band Studies with Dr Robert Childs at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.
Gareth also holds the title of Euphonium Tutor at the London College of Music and is a euphonium Ambassador for Geneva Instruments.
As a composer, Gareth is emerging within the brass band and wind band worlds, most notably known for his work with the Grimethorpe Colliery Band on his six-movement work ‘Eastern Horizons’ (2021).
The appointment of Gareth as Musical Director will be seen as an opportunity by the Staines-based Band to re-energise following an eighteen-month shutdown of activities caused by the pandemic.
On his appointment Gareth stated “I relish the opportunity to work with the band in what is a transitionary rebuilding period. The band’s ethos is great and they are keen to musically push themselves. I look forward to trying to make a difference to their continuation and development as a cohesive musical team. I am excited by the band’s ability to reinvent themselves on a contest and concert platform in the near future.”

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Soprano - Dan Shave

Principal - Dan Gordon

Front Row - David Jessop, Bob Hawkins, Sarah Page

Repiano - Zoe Macdonald

2nd - Jackie Panayides, Sarah Kelly

3rd - Joanne Day, Sue Maple, Natalie Bell

Flugel and Horns

Flugel - Jonathan McCoy

Solo Horn - Emma Elliot-Smith

1st Horn - Heather Rowlands

2nd Horn - Paul Barker

Euphoniums & Baritones

Solo Euphonium - Stephanie Westwood

2nd Euphonium - Ian Walshaw

1st Baritone - Nigel Campbell

2nd Baritone - VACANCY


Solo Trom - Nick MacDonald

2nd - Catherine Harwood

Bass - Jack Pearson


EEb - Alan Westwood, John Gillespie

BBb - Connor Burgess, VACANCY


Kit - Dave Longman

Tuned - Aiden Waite

Auxiliary Percussion/Timps Reece Elverstone

Staines Lammas Band
Community Band
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Musical Director:  Tariq Ahmed

Tariq’s life in Brass Banding started at primary school when a Tenor Horn was randomly passed to him from a selection of brass instruments that the school had in stock. He stuck with the Tenor Horn from that moment on, progressing through the Blackburn and Darwen Junior Band and going on to join the Lancashire Youth Band on Principal Horn.  

After progressing through Blackburn and Darwen's ‘B’ band and establishing himself in the ‘Senior’ band, Tariq eventually joined the Freckleton Band, with whom he had the memorable experience of winning the 1st section National finals.

Tariq enjoyed significant spells with the Wingates, Besses o’th’ Barn and Leyland Bands. Highlights included several CD & BBC Radio 2 recordings, European tours, appearances at the British Open Brass Band Contest & winning the North West Regionals with Leyland under Garry Cutt. Some of the more eccentric moments were playing a solo dressed as Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz and posing for a ‘Calendar Girls’ inspired photoshoot standing on top of a tank in Skegness!

Tariq’s conducting experience began with the Blackburn and Darwen ‘B’ Band. He was appointed as Musical Director of Blackpool Brass in 2011 and achieved significant contest successes over a three-year period. This included 1st places at the Northern Open, Fleetwood Contest & Brass At The Guild.  

Tariq was delighted to be appointed as Resident Conductor at Staines Lammas in November 2022.



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Soprano - Llewellyn Wells

Principal - Peter Wallace

Front Row - Anna Howson, Joan Whittaker, Caz Woods

Repiano - VACANCY

2nd - Chris Venn, Arran Eden, Beth Isaac

3rd - Malcolm Brown, Lisa Stoney

Flugel and Horns

Flugel - Matthew Tickle

Solo Horn - Emma Elliot-Smith

1st Horn - Amy Wells

2nd Horn - Jessica Walukiewicz

Euphoniums & Baritones

Solo Euphonium - Andy Barrett

2nd Euphonium - Paul Henry

1st Baritone - John Bunyan

2nd Baritone - VACANCY


Solo Trom - James Owen

2nd - Ricky Govan

Bass - Shelly Worthington



EEb - Kate Barrett, Colin Northrop

BBb - Jim Tozer, VACANCY



Kit - Laura James


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