Staines Lammas Band History
Staines Brass Band has been making music since 1930. Formerly the Staines United Temperance Band rehearsing at the Staines Methodist Church, we have grown to include both a national contesting brass band in the 1st Section, Staines Brass, and a high quality concert band performing in and around the borough, the Staines Lammas Band.
Walter Sanders formed the Staines Salvation Army band aged 17 having learnt Euphonium in the Staines Town Band, and spent just short of forty years building a musical tradition there. After resigning as bandmaster in the SA, on July 19th 1930 it was decided amongst Wally and his friends to start a brass band for the benefit of the man in the street, rehearsing at the Methodist Church on Kingston Road – the Staines United Temperance Band.
The band moved to the Lammas Recreation Ground in Wraysbury Road, Staines in 1990 when a new band room was opened by the famous Harry Mortimer CBE. In the same year the decision was made to form a second band alongside the contesting band, with a complementary group of musicians undertaking concerts, bandstand performances and private engagements rather than competing at contests – with the emphasis on playing for musical and social enjoyment.
In 2000, the new band felt it right to differentiate itself from the main Staines Band and the title of Staines Lammas Band was adopted, reflecting its band room location at the Lammas Recreation Ground.
The band play a variety of music at concerts and events within the community including Staines-Upon-Thames day which takes place in June, and concerts at local venues such as The Walled Gardens in Sunbury-On-Thames and our ‘home’ – the Lammas park.
The musical and social nature of Staines Lammas Band has a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of its members. The band caters for all abilities; and provides an outlet for those looking to escape their busy lives and supports older players in their continuation of music making, who may have otherwise given up. The age of our current members ranges from 18 to 70+ and we consider ourselves not just a band but a band family.
In 2018 we made our first ever CD with our sister band Staines Brass, this was a fantastic experience and a real landmark in the history of Staines Lammas.
Each year the band take part in a friendly competition with three other local non-contesting bands called Challenging Brass. In 2019 the band won the Challenging Brass trophy for the tenth consecutive year, which for our band of mixed ages and abilities, is a real achievement.
We look forward to the next phase of the development of our band and hope to see you at a concert, event, or rehearsal in the future.