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.

Sam Burgess - Band President

Sam Burgess first joined the Comber band in 1940 when it was still a flute band. Sam successfully made the transition from flute to brass when the band changed in the late 1940s, firstly as a cornet player and later on the tenor horn.

 

Over the years Sam has played a major part in Comber Silver Band as a player and in other roles within the band organisation.  It has only been in the last few years that Sam had to retire as an active band member; however, his interest in the band remains undiminshed, to quote Sam himself "Wednesday night is band night".

 

Members of the current band, former members and their families gathered in McBrides restaurant in Comber Square on Saturday 21st February 2015 to honour Sam's contribution to Comber Silver Band with a presentation of an inscribed crystal bowl and to offically announce that Sam has accepted the post of Band President.

 

Former band members present were Alan Curry, Beverley Heaney, 'Hammy' Mills, Harry Rainey, Ian Roberts, James Cook, John Boyce, Robert Frost, Ronnie O'Prey and Tom Heaney.

Contest success

Comber Brass were well represented at the Brass Band League 'Solo and Ensemble Competition' held on Saturday 14th February 2015 in the Paton Memorial Hall, Malone Prebyterian Church, Belfast.

There were nine entrants from both Comber Silver Band and Laureldale Brass Ensemble in all sections.

Congratulations go to Kelly Kaya for being placed third in the 'A Solo section'; as this section is contested by the best brass band soloists in Northern Ireland it is no mean feat to be in the prizes at this level.

Hasan Kaymak came away with a fantastic first place in the '12 and under' section, again against stiff competiton.

Royal Garden Party - Hillsborough Castle

Comber Silver were honoured to be invited to perform at a Royal Garden Party attended by Her Majesty, The Queen and His Royal Highness, The Duke of Edinburgh during their recent three day visit to Northern Ireland.

 

The garden party took place on a sunny afternoon on Tuesday 24th June at Hillsborough Castle.

 

Some photos of the band can be found in our gallery here.

 

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