Comber Brass
Comber Brass

Comber Brass

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


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.


New players wanted

Comber Silver Band is always looking for new players but currently would welcome percussionists.

Sam Burgess


It was with deep regret that Comber Silver Band heard of the death of their President, Mr Sam Burgess, on the 6th May 2018. Sam was a life long member of the band transitioning from Flute to Cornet in 1949. He played in various positions in the Cornet section for many years before moving to Tenor Horn.

When Sam was no longer able to play due to personal circumstances he still kept a keen interest in the band.

A full tribute to Sam is on  our Memoriam page here.

Comber Youth Band

Comber Silver Band intend to relaunch their young persons ensemble under the name of Comber Youth Band later in the year under the leadership of Laura Salt. Local schools will be contacted about this.


Any interested young brass players or percussionists should make contact through the Contact page on this website. 

Contest success

Comber Silver Band entered the second grade section at this year's Brass Band League Spring Festival held on Saturday 21st April 2018 in The Alley Theatre, Strabane. Playing 'Parnassus' by the Dutch composer Jan Van der Roost the and gained a very creditable second place. This is the band's highest position at this grade in this contest for over a decade.


To hear a recording of the band's performance of Parnassus please click on the link below; this will open a new webpage.

Parnassus recording by Comber Silver Band

The band performing at the BBL Spring Festival 2018.

Edmund de Wind VC - 21st March 2018

Comber Silver Band were honoured to be invited by North Down and Ards borough council to play at a ceremoney in The Square, Comber marking the centenary of the death of Comber man Second Lieutenant Edmund de Wind VC who died in action on that day in 1918. It was his gallantry in the face of the enemy, before his death that day, that won him his Victoria Cross.

Festival of Brass - November 2017

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.

Comber Silver Band in concert.

Website changes

Obituary for the late Sam Burgess (Band President) is on our Memoriam page


Saturday 19/05/2018 - Granshaw church fete

Saturday 02/06/2018 - 2nd Comber Presbyterian fete, 12-1pm

Sunday 17/06/2018 - Botanic Park bandstand, Belfast

Saturday 23/06/2018 - Comber Earlies - The Square, Comber

Sunday 24/06/2018 - Comber Earlies - The Square, Comber

Sunday 01/07/2018 - Moat Park, Dundonald

Sunday 29/07/2018 - Moat P\rk, Dundonald

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