Croft Silver Band's rehearsal room has been located in the village of Croft for over 100 years, first being at Croft Quarry and then moving to Croft School. We have had great success in our band winning many trophies and awards and we have had many players come through our doors who have progressed onto higher section bands. Our MD Ned is very proud of the band that we have at the moment having just won 4th place in the Leicester Contest and qualifying for the Brass Band Finals two years ago at Cheltenham. Unfortunately for the band the Croft School have claimed their space back, i.e. our storage, therefore making it impossible for us to rehearse without our equipment being on site. We are very grateful to the School for the time they allowed us to be there but very saddened that we have had to relocate. We have however found another venue at Huncote School in the next village who have kindly offered us a storage room and a room to practice as of the 6th January 2020. It is with regret that the band leave Croft as this is the birthplace of the band, but hopefully with us being just down the road the band can continue to go from strength to strength. We are still looking for sponsorship out there and it would be great if we could get the extra funding needed to either have our own band room once again or use this sponsorship towards the hire of premises.
Humberstone Village Hall Concert
Dear Ian and Gina.
Once again I right to convey our absolute pleasure at the musical fare served up on our Band Night at Humberstone Hall. Music again played with skill and passion and it delighted everyone present as underlined by the total standing ovation you received at the finale.
Particular thanks go to the three Lady solo artistes, Gina, Julie, and Evelyn. who made a superb contribution to the evenings enjoyment.
Also thanks to your guest players, swelling the numbers and adding to the pleasure of the proceedings.
Special thanks must go to you Ian, for pulling the whole performance together with consummate skill and expertise, I enjoyed watching you work.
We would like to welcome you back next year.
John and Julie
October 2019 - Players Required
Musical Director - Ian Needham (Ned)
Congratulations if you've just got your 'A' Level results and are heading towards De Montfort University. If you play a brass instrument or percussion then Croft Silver Band would like to hear from you.
We have vacancies for back row cornet and percussion players. Players of other instrumentsare also welcome. The band currently compete in the Midlands 4th Section and rehearse at Croft C of E Primary School on Mondays and Thursdays from 8pm.
We are a friendly ambitious and social band with a balanced range of concerts and contests throughout the year. we encourage progression, unity and respect. If you have any of these traits and can contribute to a motivated band then please contact, Allan Wheelhouse, Chairman on 07739985745 or email the band secretary,
The band would like to welcome 3 new players to the band who have joined recently. They are Rhys on Bass Trombone, David and Alistair who have both joined on Euphonium. We are looking forward to working with our new signings, helping us go from strength to strength.
10th March 2019 - Area Contest
Even though the band played well at the contest they came a creditable 10th place out of 21 bands on the programme. Congratulations to Ratby Mid Band, Melton Band and Shipston Band who all qualified to the National Finals at Cheltenham in September.
7th March 2019 - Well done Lauren Brunt on passing your driving test today.
22nd November 2018 - Congratulations to Emily Wheelhouse on passing
your driving test today
18th November 2018 - LBBA Contest - The band had an early start today with a rehearsal at Thorpe Acre Scout Hall at 8.30am. After rehearsal we all went to the contest that was held at the Loughborough Endowed Schools. There were 10 bands entered into the fourth section and Croft were drawn to play number 8. We found that one band had withdrawn but there were still 8 other bands to compete against. The results were as follows:
1st 197 points Whitwell Brass
2nd 196 points CROFT SILVER BAND
3rd 193 points Ratby Mid Band
From the Chairman - Allan Wheelhouse
Since joining the band earlier this year I have taken the position of Band Chairman. I am pleased to help Croft Band in anyway I can and try my best to do this. Earlier this year at the area contest the band finished 3rd out of 20 bands in the forth section. This gave the band qualification for the National Finals at Cheltenham. This meant a lot of hard work leading up to the contest and also a good strong committee behind the band to organise fund raising and practices before the contest. This was all managed very well by the committee. The band preformed extremely well at the national finals and finished 11th out of 18 entrants and also finishing higher than the band placed 2nd at the area contest earlier in the year. I know that in previous years the band had problems with the closure of their practice room at the quarry in Croft but has managed to settle down now still in Croft village at the primary school and will hopefully start to thrive again in the years to come with help from myself and the committee. I am extremely proud to be the chairman of croft band and look forward to a long future with the band.
Preparing for the Finals
History of the band - Colin Ball - President
Euphoniums and Baritones
Brass Band Brassed Off!
Croft Silver Band, based in southern Leicestershire, has recently qualified for the National Brass Band Championships in Cheltenham. Now in a brassed off like fashion they are making their own trip south, not to London but, to Cheltenham.
The Croft Silver Band, just over a year ago underwent a big transformation for them having to move from their original base, of numerous years, to a new facility within the village school. However, this appears to have been a fantastic move for the band which has since gone from strength to strength. Their most recent triumph has been their 3rd place at the Midlands area brass band championships which now means they qualify for the National Brass Band Finals.
Band Chairman Allan Wheelhouse said: “We’d enjoyed a close relationship to the village quarry for years and we now hope to continue this with the school. Our recent success means that we are in need of some further support because of the costs involved with getting the band to Cheltenham. With being a small village organisation we do not have the large funds needed to take the band to Cheltenham, so we are appealing to you all via Just Giving to help make this possible.”
The band currently plays at many events and fetes in and around the county including annual visits to Melton and Humberstone Parks, The Cosby Air Show and the Croft Remembrance Day Parade. The band is now looking to add to this line-up and want to be as busy as possible through the summer so if you have any ideas to help the band out please do contact them by email:
Band Manager Gina Needham added: “We are such a great part of the local heritage and now we want to take ourselves to the National stage and become a National success. So we hope everyone has lots of event which the band can attend in the coming months”
The band is made up of around 25 musicians whom each of which will help the band go to the National finals but we are also asking for your help to raise the £2,500 to get the band to the finals and recognised nationally, so let’s help put the band on the map!