2016-17 will be our 4th year as an independent band!
We attracted a good audience at Deal Braderie, Sunday 18th September:
Our 2015-16 season was a successful one, and we have been pleased to welcome several new recruits in the cornets, tenor horns, trombones, flugel horn and percussion
Don't forget, we welcome new players, of any age or level of experience, including beginners, for whom we have a dedicated training session before the main band, starting at 5.30pm.
Come along to our weekly practice at Deal & Betteshanger Rugby Club, Canada Road, Walmer every Monday in term time, and see what you think.
1730-1800 - Junior members
1800-1930 - All Band
Deal's home-grown brass band, independently run for and by our members.
Our aims are:
1. To help keep brass band music alive, particularly by encouraging and training young musicians in a friendly, safe and welcoming environment.
2. To contribute to the musical life of the district through our live performances at a wide variety of events and venues.
3. To maintain the traditions of brass band music, building on the wealth of experience of the brass bands in East Kent and nationally.
DBA welcomes players of all ages and levels of musical achievement. The band offers unique opportunities, particularly for young players, to share in the joy of music making with others and to develop their abilities in a supportive and sociable atmosphere. Instruments may be available on loan for new players.
We rehearse every Monday evening in term time from 6pm to 7.30pm. We perform regularly at concerts in venues as varied as shopping malls, churches, village fetes, festivals, Christmas carol services and weddings. As the ‘official’ Brass Band of the Deal and Betteshanger Rugby Football Club, we also add a new and different form of entertainment to Rugby Club functions!
For more details, contact the Musical Director, Mr Chris Berriman or the Band Manager, Mr Andy Pooley, by email
Band members' successes!
We are pleased to congratulate our members' latest music exam successes (so far):
Marina Robinson - Grade 8 Piano
Malandra Rogers - Grade 5 Trumpet
Susan Atkinson - Grade 4 Cornet with distinction
Alex Bilsland - Grade 4 Cornet with Merit, and Piano
Simon Gooden - Grade 4 Cornet
Imogen Robinson - Grade 4 French Horn with Distinction
Chiara Shearn - Grade 5 Cornet
Irving Benjamin - Grade 5 Euphonium with Merit
Finn Hoffmann - Grade 4 percussion with Merit
Nat Thompson - Grade 5 percussion with Merit
Deal Brass Academy are proud to be supported by Dover District Council, The Coalfields Regeneration Trust, The Drapers' Company of London and Deal & Betteshanger RFC
* Timeball Tower image reproduced by permission of the Deal Museum Trust