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Musical Director : Mel Hopkin

Email address: enquiries@holbeachtownband.org.uk

Back Lane, Holbeach, Lincolnshire PE12 7LN (click for map)

Celebrating 40 years of Banding 1971 to 2011

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The Musical Director: Mel Hopkin - First Musical Director: Brian Long
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Last Night of the Proms Concert at the Elizabethan Centre, Whaplode Drove, September 2019

Current Members

Dani Walters
James Biggs
Bev Davey
Linda Walters
Stephanie Palmer
Drum Kit
Eb Bass
Eb Bass
Bb Bass
Bb Bass
Hannah Palmer
Deborah Simpson
Les Hill
Dennis Sparrow
Zachary Simpson
Flugel Horn
Solo Horn
1st Horn
2nd Horn
2nd Horn
Geoff Cooper
2nd Cornet
Shaun McKenna
Amelia Simpson
Harvey Stroud
Mark Rose
2nd Cornet
Solo Cornet
2nd Baritone
Bass Trombone
Julie Simons
Andrew Strange
Toby Walters
Emma Simpson
Claire Stroud
3rd Cornet
2nd Cornet
Solo Cornet
1st Baritone
2nd Trombone
Eddie Harrison
Matthew Simons
Corey Genovese
Neil Simons
Brian Parker
3rd Cornet
2nd Cornet
Solo Cornet
2nd Trombone
Martin Walters
Pawel Nieweglowski
Mel Hopkin
Zoe Holdsworth
Alex Simpson
Soprano Cornet
Repiano Cornet
Solo Cornet
Musical Director
1st Trombone

Bandstand in Jubilee Park Donington 2015


The Band was formed in 1971 as the Holbeach Community Band and was renamed Holbeach Town Band in 2000.  It  is a traditional brass band and takes its members from the Holbeach and Spalding areas of South Lincolnshire and surrounding villages.  

LINK to history of the band.

LINK to LP record made in the 1970s


The Band is very much a family affair with many members having relatives in the band - parents, children, brothers, sisters. The Band is always keen to attract new members from experienced players and from those willing to learn or to improve their playing. Members pay a nominal subscription of £1 per week; membership of the learner Group is FREE!


Last Night of the Proms at Crowland, September 2017



Logo from 2016

Old Logo on Band Jumper

The Band's first uniform was a burgundy blazer and matching tie.

In the 1980s this was changed to a grey blazer.

To mark the millenium in Autumn 2000, we changed to a purple jumper with band logo, white shirt, black bow tie and black trousers/skirt. We have added a cap or panama hat for the summer. In 2008 we added a black straight tie with logo for informal events. We also added a cravat with logo for the ladies.

In 2010 we added a Winter coat in black with band logo.

In 2016 we changed to a waistcoat in purple with a straight tie and with a new band logo. We also have new band hats for protection against the sun

Music in the Gardens at Ayscoughfee Gardens, Spalding 2016

Practice details
The Band practices in its own bandroom in Back lane, Holbeach, Lincolnshire.  Practices are held each Wednesday evening and start at 7.30pm and finish at 9.30pm.  

From 6.30pm to 7.30pm before practice the band holds training sessions for the Holbeach Victoria Training Band. As they progress, members of the Training Band are encouraged to join the senior band.

On Saturday mornings the Band runs a Learner Group for beginners, with improvers at 10.00am and absolute beginners at 11.00am

Open days
The band opens its doors for a half or whole day during school holidays to allow visitors to look around and to try brass instruments under the band's instruction.  These Open days, along with the Learn to Play weeks, have resulted in a significant number of new members, both from those wishing to learn and from former players interested in rejoining a brass band.  In most years we hold Coffee Mornings which are quite successful in attracting visitors - visitors are offered a drink and have a look at a display of instruments and music. Local schools are always invited to the Open Days. 


The band is totally self-financing, receiving its income from weekly membership fees (£1 per week), engagements and carol-playing.

In 2015 we introduced Music Cafes. The band provides music; band family and supporters make and sell cakes and teas. So far very successful. We use the events to promote our learner classes and Learn to Play Week.



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