It was with great sadness that Comber Silver Band learnt of the death on Sunday 12th May 2013 of their chairman Robin Black, who was on holiday in Spain.
Robin was a loyal and dedicated member of the band, a member of the trombone section that had recently won two trophies for the band in 2013. He was recently appointed by his band colleagues as their chairman and previously had been an excellent registration secretary. He will be sorely missed from these roles as well as for his typical down to earth attitude and sense of humour.
Robin was well known in band circles having played previously with Reed Memorial, Old Park Silver, Bloomfield Silver and Templemore Silver bands.
The band was honoured that Robin's familiy asked for their participation in his funeral service which took place at 1.30pm on Wednesday 22nd May 2013 in Donaghadee 1st Presbyterian church. The band was joined by colleagues from other bands who came to help give Robin a good brass band send off.
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)
Engagements for 2017 have been added.
Saturday 25/11/2017 - contest, QUB
Saturday 02/12/2017 - church fair, Comber
Sunday 17/12/2017 - carol service, Ballyhemlim