This year Deal Brass Academy celebrate our third year as an independent band!
The 2016 season is well under way, and we have been pleased to welcome several new recruits in the cornets, tenor horns, trombones and percussion, and we have several exciting gigs lined up for the summer.
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.
1730-1830 - Junior members
1830-1930 - 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 5.30pm 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 4 Cornet
Finn Hoffmann - Grade 4 percussion with Merit
Nat Thompson - Grade 5 percussion with Merit
We are grateful for this generous donation from the Royal Marines' Association from the proceeds of the Sergeants' Mess Panto this year: many thanks to our good friends in the Royal Marines' Band Service
DBA in the local news! - click to see article in East Kent Mercury 12th June last year
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