Christmas is our main fundraising time - a really important source of income for Bilton Silver's four bands. Because of the pandemic, we lost out on this during 2020, as well as missing nearly all our normal engagements and activities for the year, and on into 2021.
Please donate this Christmas and help your local community silver band!
By Text/SMS on your mobile phone:
- To donate £1, text BAND to 70201
- To donate £3, text BAND to 70331
- To donate £5, text BAND to 70970
- To donate £10, text BAND to 70191
The Bilton Silver Family
Bilton Silver embraces musicians from age 4 to 90, from complete beginners to experienced players, across 4 bands. The bands perform at many events throughout the year, from “Last Night of the Proms” concerts, Remembrance Services and parades, to summer fetes, weddings, town and village celebrations, fundraising concerts for various organisations, Christmas tree lighting, street carolling and carol services.
Covid brought all that to an abrupt STOP!
Thanks to an amazing campaign last year, we were able to purchase a ventilation system for the band room, which meant that we were able - at last - to meet together again once restrictions allowed in late Spring, but we missed all our usual concerts and engagements in 2020, and much of 2021 - and, of course, the hugely important Christmas period where we usually make much of our income for the year, enabling us to continue our activities for the members, young and old, and for our audiences.
Our ongoing costs haven't gone away, and there are extra costs arising from Covid - such as increased cleaning and extra music (as we can't share!).
BUT... We are excited to be back playing together (albeit with restrictions!) and have enjoyed playing Christmas music for the local community and our concert audiences once again. Although we are disappointed that our Senior Band Christmas concert had to be cancelled, we were delighted that the Training Band and Evolution Band concert was able to go ahead (and was a great success!).
How You Can Help
Your donations will help us make up for the income we have missed, and enabling online donations will also help us to keep our members and audiences safe while the pandemic continues, by removing the need to handle cash.
Please donate this Christmas and help your local community silver band.
Our "band family" consists of four bands: Mini-Brass, Training Band, Evolution Band and the Senior Band. Membership is free and instruments are provided, so we ensure the band is as inclusive as possible.
Meet Our Bands
Founded in 1893, Bilton Silver (Rugby) Band is a traditional contesting band, placed in the First Section of the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain (Midlands Area).
As well as contests, the band performs at many events throughout the year, both in the local area, and further afield.
Although the band is referred to as the “Senior Band” we have players of all ages, just like the other bands in the Bilton Silver family.
Our Musical Director is the hugely experienced Tony Hodgetts, graduate of the Royal Military School of Music (Kneller Hall) and former Director of Music for The Royal Army of Oman Band.
Bilton Silver Evolution Band is another contesting band, competing in the 4th Section of the National Brass Band Championships. Evolution Band was formed in 2017, and is conducted by Jack Fisher, who has played in all the Bilton Silver Bands, and was a member of the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain. Evolution Band consists of members of all ages but especially our developing younger players. This gives them a taste of playing in competitions and the level required. In fact, we are proud to say we have some of the youngest players in many of the competitions we enter.
Mini Brass and Training Band
We have both adult beginners and children of all ages in Mini Brass, a half-hour group making music together under the endless commitment and enthusiasm of Mrs Diane Fisher.
On Friday nights the bandroom is host to the wonderful, crazy, inclusive, Training Band. "Witnessing Di take charge of a large number of excited children, teenagers, and adult learners all with brass instruments and somehow getting us to produce something that is pretty decent is a weekly miracle! Training band also builds the Bilton Band community.”
“I constantly receive comments from parents/grandparents etc. expressing their gratitude to Bilton Silver for what it does for the children of Bilton village and beyond. They are particularly surprised when told that there are no charges for membership... and that we can even supply an instrument free of charge. This is a team organisation and Training Band and Mini Brass were thriving, pre-COVID. Many people gave their time willingly and free of charge to encourage and give opportunity to so many young musicians.” Diane Fisher, Musical Director, Bilton Silver Training Band
Training band and mini-brass are now back playing together in the Bilton band room.
Our Band Mission Statement
Bilton Silver (Rugby) Band aims to provide high quality opportunities to play and listen to brass music, thereby perpetuating a century-plus tradition and sustaining our musical heritage. It seeks to provide inclusive opportunities to learn and perform and to strive for a sense of fulfilment across all ability levels in an overriding pursuit of excellence, whilst offering a service that fulfils the requests of the wider community.