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Woodborough Strawberry Fayre Sat 22nd June


KVBrass - a versatile 10 piece band.

Our diverse and entertaining repertoire ranges from Easy Listening & Standards through to Swing, Jazz, Latin, and even Pop and R+B.. all with a Brass infused twist!
Based in the heart of Wiltshire we can be found entertaining crowds throughout the year at numerous different venues from Jazz Festivals to Village fetes.
We also play at Concerts, Private Parties, Weddings, Barbecues etc (and of course Christmas events)
To find out where the band are playing next, check out the Diary Page,
or to book Kennet Vale Brass for your forthcoming event please visit the Contact Page.

History of the Band

KVB 1934

“The Kennet Vale Silver Band” was originally formed in 1934 by the amalgamation of Lockeridge Silver Prize Band and Overton Mission Band, the respective bandmasters being the late Mr Reg Stagg and the late Mr Fred Sprules.
Neither band had had a lengthy history. Lockeridge was founded around 1910 while the “Overton” dated back to the early part of the century and was attached to the Wesleyan Chapel. Its main function was to provide music for services indoors and out and it was indeed a prominent part of village life in those days.
Lockeridge band, it seems was more extrovert for fêtes and carnivals. Moreover, it had won a contest and that qualified members to proudly incorporate “Prize” into their title.
In the years leading up to the outbreak of World War 2 the band made headway in the contest field and in fact, qualified to compete at the Crystal Palace. The Instruments went into “moth balls” for the duration of the war but afterwards members resumed to enjoy many years of success and prominence.
Overton Street

Like many other bands; Kennet Vale then suffered something of a recession as skiffle groups and “rock and roll” came into fashion; young people no longer wanted to play brass but preferred to try their hands at strumming a guitar.

KVB 1960

The new vogue and the ill-health of the bandmaster sent the band into decline and it was due entirely to the untiring efforts and perseverance of Mr Jack Watts, who took the baton, that Kennet Vale survived in a dark period for the brass band movement, Several bands went into oblivion including Marlborough Town.
At the end of the 1960s retirement age caught up with Mr Watts and he handed over as bandmaster to Mr Basil King who had completed a long career as an army bandsman and had the distinction of sounding the Last Post and Reveille at the funeral of Sir Winston Churchill.
KVB 1972

Eventually, it was realised that Mr King's skill and expertise on the cornet was being lost so, while he continued to conduct and train the band, the services of Mr Maurice Arnold were sought as the new musical director.
“Gus” Arnold was another army trained musician, having served for many years with the Royal Artillery Band. He put his vast experience into practice and the band flourished and began to gain a reputation as one of the most entertaining concert bands in the area.
Around this time the band dropped “Silver” from its title, becoming “The Kennet Vale Band”.
KVB 1978
Kennet Vale Band Mem Hall 1978

The band’s success at contesting also continued, going from a 4th section band in the early 1970s to a Championship Section Band in 1987.
Soon after this the membership started to decline but with the hard work and determination of a few of the remaining members they continued to function.
The Band were no longer a conventional 25 piece “Brass Band” but a 12 piece Brass Ensemble.
In 2008 the band changed its name again, this time to “Kennet Vale Brass” a title to better reflect their smaller format.
In 2009 the band reached it’s 75th anniversary and although no longer “contesting” or “parading” they continued to perform throughout the year and were in constant demand.

KVB 2009


Over recent years through their presentation, appearance and performance of up to date arrangements they have made a deliberate attempt to create a different musical experience to that of a "Traditional Brass Band".
The Band are now busier than ever and can be found entertaining crowds at numerous varied events and venues.


Kennet Vale Brass June 2013

Mark Harvey, Trumpet.


Ben Taylor, Trumpet.


Richard Tannasee, Trumpet.


Dave Field, Trumpet, Percussion.


Kelvin Nash, Trumpet


Hilary Hams, Horn.


Ken Spreadbury, Horn.


Sharon Lindo, Trombone.


Dan Coles, Trombone, Percussion.


Marden Fete, Sat June 8th

Marden Fete
Marden Fete

St Katharine's School Fair Sat May 18th


Contact Us

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Or Telephone Roy Coles (secretary)
01672 564326 (daytime)
01672 562587 (evenings)
07775 830788 (mobile)

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"Huish Corner"

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Mayor's Reception - Devizes Town Hall, May 9th


Roy Coles, Tuba.


Ollie Coles, Drums.


Pam Nash, Percussion.


Pewsey Carnival

Pewsey carnival was first held in 1898, a tradition that still flourishes today. A fortnight of events culminating in an Illuminated Procession in mid to late September.

The band are proud to have been associated with the carnival for many decades. We regularly performed at the opening service and concert on the Sunday evening and have always been represented in the procession, in the past as a marching band but more recently playing on our own illuminated float.



Christmas is always a very busy time for the band, playing at numerous festive events.
We can be found in venues as varied as Town Halls, Churches, Pubs, Barns and many others including "Center Parcs" and Marlborough High Street.




Our Music

Our diverse repertoire is based on up to date arrangements of Swing and Jazz standards, Latin, Easy Listening, Pop and R&B classics in a deliberate attempt to create a different musical experience to that found in the repertoire of a traditional brass band.
Our Concerts usually include a selection from all genres but programmes can be tailored to suit, depending on the event or venue.

Please note, these are all live performances not recorded on professional equipment, they are intended as an example of our programme content only.

Other pieces currently in this year's programme include:

Afro Blue
Livin' La Vida Loca
Midnight in Moscow
Satin Doll
Wade in the Water

Plus many more!


Kennet Valley Hall Fun Day, Sat 13th April

KVH Fun Day