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Musical Director : Mel Hopkin

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Celebrating 40 years of Banding 1971 to 2011

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For improvers.  Formed in September 2011, the Holbeach Victoria Training Band rehearses from 6.30 to 7.30 on a Wednesday evening before the Main Band. 

Membership of the Training Band is open to all brass players of whatever age.  Members should have a minimum ability equivalent to Music Grade 1 with the ability to read music and able to play at a basic level.

Members of the Learner Group progress to the Training Band when they reah the appropriate standard.


The Band's name maintains a link to the Holbeach Town Band's heritage - in the early part of the 20th Century, Holbeach had a brass band called the Holbeach Victoria Band.

Photo taken at the first meeting of the Training Band in September 2011

4th July 2012 - HVTB at Olympic Torch

Holbeach Victoria Training Band had its first public engagement when the Olympic Torch passed through Holbeach. There was a good turnout by the Band, but some members had work commitments, so the band were assisted by members of the senior band and guests.

The Band met at the bandroom and walked in formation to start palying. At the request of the orgnnisers the band played for half an hour outside the NatWest Bank in the West End of Holbeach - it was a pity that all the activities were taking place in the centre of Holbeach! We then watched the Olympic Torch pass and fell in behind (again in formation). We followed the Torch to the centre of Holbeach, which was heaving with people, and stopped opposite the VIP tent (a gazebo) and played again for another half an hour. The VIPs were Olympian Geoff Capes, BBC commentator Stuart Storey, and para-Olympian Sally Reddin.

The Band had to pause their performance while the BBC television reporter and BBC radio lincolnshire reporter interviewed the VIPs. The radio reporter also interviewed Terry Luddington and the Band's Musical Director live on BBC radio Lincolnshire.

During their performance the Band performed 'Going the Distance' for the Black Baton Relay for Brass the Baton. Musical Director, Mel Hopkin, was presented with the Black Baton by Terry Luddington, national organiser of the Brass the Baton relay. The Band were delighted that he joined them playing Baritone.







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