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.
Festival of Brass 2013
Music Adjudicator: Philip Harper
Entertainment Adjudicator: Angela Hayley
Date: Saturday 23rd November
Venue: Whitla Hall, Queen's University, Belfast
Comber Silver gained second place in the third section and were awarded the best march prize with our performance of Eric Ball's 'Star Lake'.
Our theme for the contest was 'Fly Me to the Moon' and the program chosen by our conductor Wesley was:
- Fly Me to the Moon (vocal solist - Ruth Thompson)
- Over the Rainbow (tenor horn solist - Ken Brown)
- Star Lake march
- Roll Tide (from the film Crimson Tide)
- Finale from The Dark Side of the Moon
96th Championship of Ireland Band's Contest
Adjudicator: Richard Evans
Date: Saturday 19th October 2013
Venue: Marketplace Theatre, Armagh
Comber Silver and Laureldale Brass have both gained second places in this years contest. Comber Silver were one point behind this years winners of the 3rd grade brass section, Wellington Memorial, with a score of 179. Laureladale were two points behind the 1st Old Boys Juniors in the Youth band section with a score of 172.
This years set piece in the 3rd grade section was "The Dark Side of the Moon" by composer Paul Lovatt-Cooper (website). The composers own comments on the piece are - "I know from news reports, the internet and other footage that the moon is a very desolate place, very barren and rugged. However, the one place that has had me thinking about is the side of the moon that we don't see. I can only imagine the eeriness one would feel being stood in complete darkness on the moons surface looking around.
As you slowly explore the surroundings your eyes drift up to the night sky there is an awesome sight unfolding in front of you: Countless stars and galaxies, planets and different solar systems and all right in front of you glistening from the light of the sun beaming from the other side of the moon.
The dark side of the moon portrays a musical picture of the whole experience as seen in my imagination taking the listener from the rugged landscape to the awesome beauty that sits endlessly in front of you."
This was a very descriptive work that had many challanges for individual solists and different sections of the band, as well as the whole ensemble. After weeks of hard work under our conductor Wesley the band are disappointed we did not retain our title from 2012 but extremely pleased at our performance on the day.
To view a recording of the band's performance on the day on You Tube click here.
Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park - Sunday 4th August 2013
Comber Silver Band performing in this years Belfast Parks concert season.
More pictures are on our Gallery page here.
Trophies currently held by Comber Brass
Perpetual Challange cup awarded to the trombone quartet of David McCracken, James McClure, Robin Black and Stuart Adair who performed 'Southern Breezes' to win the B Quartet section.
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