Comber Brass
Comber Brass

Comber Brass

Welcome to the website of Comber Brass - the name for Comber Silver Band and our junior band - the Laureldale Brass Ensemble.


Based in the town of Comber in County Down, located at the northwest corner of Strangford Lough, there has been a Comber band for over 110 years.


With many band members coming from the Comber area, the band is proud to be at the heart of the community and performs at many engagements to strengthen this relationship.

Ronnie O'Prey

The members of the Comber Silver band were shocked and saddened by the sudden death of Ronnie O'Prey on the 2nd August 2016.


Ronnie had been a longtime member of the band, having joined the flute band as a teenager, becoming an accomplished side-drummer.When the band converted to brass instruments in 1949 Ronnie decided to learn to play the cornet. In this he was very successful and in a short time he became the band's principal solo cornet - a position he held for many years.


Ronnie was very keen on teaching young players and brought a number into the band over the years. For a number of years Ronnnie was the Band secretary, a position he filled with distinction.


In truth Ronnie was a leading member of the Comber Silver Band, and was a true gentleman.


Sam Burgess (Band President)

This is a picture of the Comber Amatuer Silver Band that appeared in the Newtownards Chronicle as the band had won the Presidents Cup, the Ulster Cup and the McConnell Cup in the year 1953-54.


If anyone has anymore information about these competitions, or other pictures or newspaper clippings of the band, please either email them using the link on our Contact page or they can be dropped into the band practice on a Wednesday evening.

Pictures of Comber Silver Band performing on the bandstand in Ormeau Park, Belfast on the afternoon of Saturday 11th June 2016.


New players wanted

Comber Silver Band is always looking for new players but currently would welcome front row Cornets, Euphonium and both Eb and Bb bass players

Website changes

A Video Gallery page has been added to the band's website which can be visited by clicking here.

Next engagements

Friday 16th September - Belfast Culture Night

Saturday 22nd October - NIBAcontest, Armagh

Sunday 13th November - Remembrance Day, Comber


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