Nov. 3, 2018

Congratulations Sam and Hannah Peak! you both looked lovely and thank you for letting Hathern Band be part of your special day.

Lots of love from us all xxx

Newsletter Autumn 2018

Oct. 23, 2018

Our autumn newsletter is now available: click here

Visit from Footscray-Yarraville City Band

Oct. 2, 2018

As first announced in our Spring newsletter, Hathern Band will be hosting the Footscray-Yarraville City Band in November as part of their Silent Anzac tour of western Europe.

Inspired by an inscription on a WW1-era bass drum made by bandsmen who fought in the Great War, the Footscray-Yarraville City Band will be visiting places in France and Belgium where Australian servicemen fought and died, followed by performances in London, Durham, York and the LBBA contest.

The Silent ANZAC follows four archetypal characters, The Mother, The Soldier, The Girl and The Poet face their sternest test during the dark days of the First World War. Will their courage, resolution and faith stand the test of war and bring them through the conflict? A story of loss, sorrow and, ultimately, the forging of a legend.

The show depicts events from the opening of the Gallipoli campaign to the final months and represents the experiences of many of our WW1 soldiers and their families. The specially commissioned major work The Silent ANZAC recounts the exploits of the Australian submarine HMAS AE2.

You can contribute to Footscray-Yarraville City Band’s tour fundraising by dedicating a poppy to be laid at the Australian National Memorial, Villers Bretoneux, France, on 8th November 2018, by making a general donation on their donations page, or by buying their tour CD.

Patrons Evening

Sept. 28, 2018

Lesley receiving the 2018 Bandsman of the Year award from Musical Director David Newman.

Patrons Evening

Sept. 23, 2018

The annual concert for patrons of Hathern Band was held at Hathern Community Centre on the 23rd September. Patrons support the band financially and the concert (plus an excellent supper) is a way of saying thank you to them.

The concert is also an opportunity to try out some pieces “on friends” to get practice before they become part of the band’s repertoire.

The Concert started with the March Great Little Army followed by For the love of a Princess – featuring the beautiful playing of Mike Wood on Flugel Horn. David Newman and the band thanked Mike for his service of over 20 years on the Principal Cornet seat.

The Bands new Principal Cornet player Dru Sparks did a brilliant job playing the very demanding solo in Mission Impossible and this was followed by a very difficult arrangement of Star Wars, arranged by the Bands bass trombone player, Joe Southgate.

The Trouble with the Tuba is….no trouble for Eb tuba player James Kerfoot, with a fine performance of this very difficult solo.

I will Follow him – what can I say about this … it was performed by the trombone section – Simon Baum, Tom Dyer Hill, John Baum and Joe Southgate dressed in nun’s outfits! brilliant entertainment and they looked the part!!

To complete the music entertainment for the evening Spitfire Fugue, Calling Cornwall and Reunion and Finale from Gettysburg.

Patrons’ Evening is also an opportunity for awards to be made. The Bandsman of the Year is chosen by musical director David Newman and presented, not only on musical ability but also for their commitment and work for the band. Repiano cornet player Lesley Bentley received the award for 2018. Players’ Player of the Year is chosen by all the band members and was presented to the bands new Solo Euphonium player Hannah Peak.

David Newman said that the band had never played better, and with talented youngsters coming through, the band is on course to be successful for many years to come. The band doesn’t have a sponsor, so the support of patrons who contribute a minimum of £25 a year is crucial.

  • If you would like to keep in touch with the band and receive the band newsletter which is published quarterly, please email Dave Neville at
  • For information on players/engagements/booking the band please contact the Secretary – Lesley Bentley at

(Photo shows Hannah Peak receiving the Players’ Player Trophy for 2018)