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This page is part of an archive of historical details from existing or defunct brass band websites. This is being maintained to provide a record of this information in the event of a band folding, its website disappearing or other loss of the historical record. Where possible, and appropriate, the information cached will be updated from time to time - and any corrections or updates are welcome.



St Keverne Band

St Keverne Band was founded in 1886, mainly from the workforce of the two local stone quarries of Porthoustock and Dean Point. At this time many neighbouring villages also had their own bands. However, in subsequent years and due to the effects of two world wars, St Keverne was the only band to remain. Rehearsals took place in the various community halls in the village, with the band having no permanent headquarters. This changed in 1971, with land generously donated by Mr R G Lory and the hard work of band members and supporters, when a newly built rehearsal room was opened, complete with all facilities and panoramic views over Falmouth Bay. This building was extended in 1995 to include a licensed social club and extra parking.

On the contest platform, the band's first qualification for a National Final was in 1970 at the WD & HO Wills competition in London. Six years later in 1976, the band won the National 3rd section title at Fulham Town Hall. A second National title followed several years later in 2005 when the band became the 2nd section Champion Band of Great Britain. Promotion to the Championship section soon followed and a notable 4th place at the West of Wngland championships in Torquay.

Under the present MD, Gareth Churcher, the Senior Band are currently Cornish 1st Section Champions and graded 1st section Nationally. There are at present around ninety children of varying abilities within the organisation, with a separate Junior and Youth Band competing and performing in the South West and Nationally. The band has always been proud to offer anyone the opportunity to learn brass or percussion instruments completely free of charge. This is only possible through the hard work and dedication of band members, their families and supporters, raising the funds needed throughout the year. The band's main fundraiser is the annual Ox Roast held in the village square on the first Wednesday in August each year.