About Us

Seaford Silver Band is a non contesting brass band based in the seaside town of Seaford East Sussex. We play for a variety of concerts, functions and events in Seaford, Eastbourne, Alfriston, Bishopstone, Newhaven and the surrounding villages.

Seaford Silver Band was formed shortly after the First World War as the Seaford British Legion Band when it played as a brass and reed band.It was restarted after the Second World War and, before the end of the forties, changed to its present brass band format. The band contested very successfully in the early fifties reaching the first division. Over the years the Band has performed at a variety of venues ranging from garden parties and church fetes to Eastbourne Bandstand and formal concerts. In the early 90’s the band played the part of the ‘Seaside Band’ on the Eastbourne Bandstand for the film ’84 Charing Cross Road’ which was then then Queen Mother’s command performance film and has played the music for a ‘BBC Songs of Praise’. There have been visits to France and , of course, to Germany. Five years ago the Band was part of the 20th Anniversary celebrations of the Twinning Association visiting both Bonningstedt and Crevitz. There is now a regular Autumn spot in Seaford at the Seaford Proms Night which is a Concert in aid of the Seaford Martello Rotary Club Charities.

Seaford Silver is a traditional English brass band. A British-style brass band is a musical ensemble comprising a standardised range of brass and percussion instruments. The modern form of the brass band in the United Kingdom dates back to the 19th century, with a vibrant tradition of competition based around local industry and communities.

The term ‘silver band’ is synonymous with ‘brass band’ in this sense; the vast majority of bands termed either ‘brass’ or ‘silver’ incorporate musicians playing both lacquered and silver-plated instruments. In the days when ‘brass’ instruments were not as costly as silver plated ones, the term ‘silver band’ implied a band that could afford the latter and thus were a more successful band. Now, however, the costs are similar and the distinction between brass and silver bands is generally not made.

British Brass Bands are limited to specific instruments, which does not include, for instance trumpets or french horns, which are found in orchestras and concert bands.
The standard instrumentation is as follows:

  • 1 Soprano Cornet (Eb)
  • 9 Cornets (Bb)
    Front row: 1 Principal Cornet, 3 Solo Cornets
    Back row: 1 Repiano Cornet, 2 2nd Cornets, 2 3rd Cornets
  • 1 Flugelhorn (Bb)
  • 3 Tenor Horns (Eb), sometimes called Alto Horns in the United States and Germany – Solo, 1st and 2nd
  • 2 Baritones (Bb) – 1st, 2nd
  • 2 Tenor Trombones (Bb) – 1st, 2nd
  • 1 Bass Trombone
  • 2 Euphoniums (Bb)
  • 2 Eb Basses, also known as Eb tubas
  • 2 Bb Basses, also known as BBb tubas
  • 2 to 4 Percussion

The above totals 27–29 players, although in practice a band often has fewer than this. Spare seats may be filled for concerts and contests by players brought in from other bands, commonly known as deputising players or deps.

With the exception of percussion, bass trombone and some tenor trombone music, all parts are transposing and written in the treble clef. This means that for every instrument, from the big basses right up to the soprano cornet, the fingering is similar and players can switch more easily between instruments. This system, which is unique to UK-style brass bands, ensures most parts can be covered when there is less than a full complement of players. Bass Trombone music is written in Bass Clef, and Tenor Trombone music is in Tenor Clef on older scores.

Brass Band repertoire is as wide and as varied as one’s imagination. For example, a typical brass band could play items from Bach’s Air on a G String, to brass band arrangements of contemporary pop and rock classics along with traditional military marches and concert music.

If there is a piece of music you would like the band to play at a future concert please contact the bands MD. If the chosen music is available and within the scope of the band we will consider adding it to our repertoire.

Seaford Silver Band Engagements

Seaford Silver Band rehearse every Wednesday evening at Seaford Head Community College Lower School, Steyne Road, Seaford from 8.00 pm to 10.00 pm.  New members are welcome.  For further information you can email the director of music by clicking here.


Welcome to The Seaford Silver Band Quintet
Sometimes there is the need for a smaller musical group, and this is where the Quintet comes into it’s own.
Whilst we most often perform as a quintet, we can function as a quartet or larger  group (up to 10) if this is required for your event.
The Seaford Seaford Silver Band Quintet can deliver a wide range of musical styles including Christmas carols and other festive music, hymns and popular music of all kinds.
If you are looking for a versatile ‘live’ musical group for your event, get in touch via the contact us section and we can discuss how we can help make your event a success

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    History of Seaford silver bAND

    The Seaford Silver Band has a history dating back as far as 1922. There have been a number of ‘different’ engagements over the years and the following details some of those. The dates may not be entriely accurate but the events are firmly impressed in the minds of the ‘older’ members.

    Seaford British Legion Band 19221922
    Formed originally as Seaford British Legion Band, consisting of mostly brass and reed instruments

    The first record of the Seaford British Legion Band marching in a contest in Ostende, Belgium.

    Disbanded due to call-up of members into the armed forces

    The band reformed and undertook small engagements

    It was decided to change to Brass instruments only in order to undertake contesting. Sylvia Lockwood joined the Band to learn to play a Cornet. Up to this time bands only had male members – Sylvia was the first female member of a Brass Band, in the South of England, if not, all of England.

    1947 – 1960
    The Band changed its name to Seaford Silver Band and to a Brass Band format instead of Brass and Reeds to enable it to compete in Brass Band competitions. One of the early contests took place at the Central Hall Westminster.

    The Lockwood FamilyContesting continued very successfully in the early 50’s so that the Band moved from fourth to first section competition in as many years. In recognition of the Band’s success the Southern Counties’ summer brass band contest was held in the Crouch Gardens during this period, involving many other bands.

    1960’s – 1970’s
    Regular exchanges took place with the School of Music in St. Valery-en-Caux, France, the Band performing many times in St. Valery and on one occasion entering a festival of music with the French Bands. Performances also took place in Dieppe.

    Performed on board the mv ‘Senlac’ at HM the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Review of the Fleet.

    Performed, also on board the ‘Senlac’ off the coast of Normandy during the 40th anniversary celebrations of the D-day landings.

    Played the part of the Seaside Band on Eastbourne Bandstand in the then Queen Mother’s Command Performance film ’84 Charing Cross Road’. Judy Dench, Anne Bancroft and Anthony Hopkins featured.
    Several performances at the Brighton Engineerium playing background and, unusually, dance music, for functions, weddings and also for the Mayoress of Hove’s Annual Charity Ball.
    1990’s to date
    The Band has undertaken several visits to Boenningstedt, our twin town, performing there and also in Hamburg. For the first few visits the Band travelled by ship from Harwich, giving several performances on board. This year at the invitation of the Friends of Boenningstedt the Band went to Windsor, with the
    visiting choir, playing on board a Thames river boat.

    Played on Eastbourne bandstand (pictured above) on the day of HM Queens Golden Jubilee

    The first ‘Proms’ Concert at Seaford for the Seaford Marello Rotary Club. Repeated each year to date.

    Seaford Silver Band at Eastbourne Bandstand


    Seaford Silver Band Concerts

    Recordings made at Seaford Silver Band Concerts, click the title to listen to whatever pieces from that concert you wish.


    1. I Don't Know How To Love Him Unknown artist 3:49
    2. I Dreamed A Dream Unknown artist 3:52
    3. You Raise Me Up Unknown artist 2:59
    4. Don't Cry For Me Argentina Unknown artist 4:16
    5. The Ashoken Farewell Unknown artist 5:06
    6. Portsmouth Chimes Unknown artist 2:51
    7. Trolley Song Unknown artist 2:43

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