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March Brass 2000
March Brass 2000, formerly the March Railway Silver Band, was formed in 1891 in a small fenland town in Cambridgeshire.. A town which boasted the largest railway marshalling and storage yard in Europe during the Second World War.
The band contained mainly railway workers hence their title March Railway Silver Prize Band. As the band developed they became very successful at contesting, giving many other bands a run for their money.
With the railway no longer associated with the band, members decided that the new millenium was the ideal time to change it's name to March Brass 2000
The band is a friendly family-orientated brass band with over 30 members from as young as 9 to over 70 years of age. The majority of these live in the town but several travel from further afield ie:- Wisbech, Tydd St Giles, Ramsey and Newmarket to attend weekly practices. Similarly there are a number of learners attending the beginners classes that cater for all differing abilities.
With the passing years many players have come and gone but one euphonium player, Ivor Smith, himself an ex-railway worker, has been playing for almost 60 years with the band.
It's Musical Director is Nigel Sutterby. Nigel joined March Brass in 1978 and he began playing when he was 11 and so has been playing for 31years! Nigel played principal cornet for March for over 10years and was Bandmaster of March for about 5 years. Nigel Conducted the Lakenheath Band for six years and is currently conducting the Forest Heath District Band for the third year. Nigel is currently the principal cornet and Chairman of Lakenheath Band.