Welcome to Spectrum Music

This is your number one source for everything on the band. We are a 30+ piece concert wind band specialising in swing, popular, stage & screen music. Based in Kingskerswell South Devon we are available for gigs, parties, functions, weddings, bandstands, theme events & festivals all throughout the Southwest and beyond
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Our Story


Spectrum Music was formed in January 1997 and was so named because it caters for a range of musical tastes and boasts players from very diverse backgrounds. The players are aged from early teens to not quite eligible for a free TV license and some have been with the organization for over 25 years.
The origins of the group can be traced back to 1908 when the Highweek and Wolborough bands combined to form Newton Abbot town band. It underwent many name changes and guises as a brass band before converting to a Concert Wind band. The band now has an extensive library covering music from stage, screen and popular standards which is financed from an Annual Membership of £30, supplemented by paid concerts and events throughout South Devon.
The players also enjoy an annual tour which in the past has taken the band to such places as Brugge, Boulogne, Mont Saint-Michel, St Malo, Ypres, Honfleur to name just a few. This has enabled us to play in some fantastic venues including Menin Gate, Brugge town square, Bath bandstand and Cardiff’s Glanfa stage at the prestigious Millennium Centre. Also were privileged to perform the very first wedding at the historical Kent’s Cavern.

Meet The Committee

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Gareth Davies

Director Of Music

Gareth has played numerous instruments over the years before picking up the baton.

Gareth’s conducting style and techniques are very heavily influenced by playing under Rhodri Griffiths (with Pillowell Silver Band) and Phillip Harper (Flowers), their style and techniques made a lasting impression, making him the conductor he is today.

After some time with City of Exeter Railway band, euphonium player Roger Carter convinced Gaz to come along to take a rehearsal with Spectrum Music (however slightly reluctantly at the time, but shh! Don’t tell the band). Surprisingly (for him) he enjoyed it, invited back again and again, was then offered the position of Musical Director, and of course he accepted. Gareth looks forward to pushing the skills and technical ability of the band.

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Mick Megee

Chairman
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Cathy Quinlan BA (Hons) ALCM

Assistant Director Of Music

Cathy was born and educated in Essex and her early musical experiences were with the Essex Youth Orchestras and Essex Symphony Orchestra. Cathy has been teaching flute since the age of 16 and took up clarinet and saxophone after university. Married with 4 sons and Cathy’s latest venture is to teach herself bassoon. She plays alto sax in the band and tries to keep her (unruly) section under control!

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Becci Carter

Secretary
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Jane Hoare

Treasurer
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Ash Blagdon

Web Design & Social Media

Ash has been playing Alto Sax since he was 12 and lives in Paignton. Ash has been with the band since 1997 and has played with numerous bands over the years coinciding with Spectrum. In his spare time he likes to watch the F1, shoot in 360 and is always looking to travel to parts of the world he hasn’t been to yet.

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Kate Lee

Tour Manager

Clarinettist Kate has been a member of the band since 2002 but has been playing in orchestras, bands and different ensembles since the year dot when she was 11. Over the years, she has taken on different roles within Spectrum and, in addition to her role as Sectretary, takes responsibility for organising the band’s annual tour. Kate is a teacher at a Torbay primary school and is always keen to look for opportunities for her choir and orchestra pupils to perform with the band so that they have the benefit of being involved in high quality, live music. When she is not teaching or playing, Kate is a keen cyclist and often arrives at Summer gigs on 2 wheels.

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Paula Bell

Compliance Officer
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Mike Wines

Special Committee Member
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Speccy

Mascot

Band Players

Section Leaders*

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Cathy Quinlan

Sax & Horns
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Becci Carter

Floboes (Flutes & Oboes)
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Kate Lee

Clarinets
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Sheila Lord

Trumpets

Players

Flute/Piccolo

  • Rachel Carter
  • Louise Darvid
  • Helen Lidbury
  • Amelia McIlroy
  • Sarah Noakes
  • Debbie Weible

Oboe/Cor Anglais

  • Becci Carter*
  • Judith Knight

Bassoon

  • -Position Vacant-
  • -Position Vacant-

Alto Saxophone

  • Ashley Blagdon
  • Gerrit Lemmens
  • Sian Manley
  • Chris Montgomery
  • Cathy Quinlan*

Tenor Saxophone

  • Helen Buxton-Smith
  • Tim Chittell
  • Hanna Dolling
  • Phil Pritchard
  • Andrew Robinson

Baritone Saxophone

  • Doug Cotton

Bb Clarinet

  • Paula Bell
  • Helen Brewer
  • Julie Clarvis
  • David Clayton
  • Lorraine Clayton
  • Mary Garland
  • Helen Heathman
  • Peter Hunt
  • Bev Jackson
  • Susan Lyle
  • Louise Pearse
  • Pam Robinson
  • Clare Stoyles
  • Julia Verwey
  • Mike Wines
  • Emily Woodley

Alto Clarinet

  • Deborah Blackmore
  • Martin Hill

Bass Clarinet

  • Kate Lee*

Horn

  • Jack Bell
  • -Position Vacant-
  • -Position Vacant-
  • -Position Vacant-

Trumpet/Cornet

  • Andrew Hayman
  • Richard Heathman
  • Sheila Lord*
  • Louise Perrins
  • -Position Vacant-

Trombone

  • Charlotte Clarvis
  • Jane Hoare
  • John Marriott
  • -Position Vacant-

Euphonium

  • Roger Carter
  • Liz Butler

Tuba

  • Mark Clarvis
  • Mick Megee

String Bass

  • -Position Vacant-

Percussion

  • John Jackson
  • -Position Vacant-

We’ve Travelled A Little Over The Years

Every year in September the band goes on tour to play at a few venues for a very social long weekend away.

How To Join The Band

Who can join?

Spectrum Music is a very welcoming group. We do ask that you can play an instrument ideally grade 5 standard, but if you are interested in coming along to a rehearsal and finding out more about us, please use the contact form to get in touch here. You are welcome to come along to rehearsals to see how you get on, with a view to then joining as a member.

Subscriptions

Subs are currently set at £30 per annum, with concessions for members in full time education.

Where To Find Us

Rehearsals take place on a Wednesday evening, set up ready to start at 19:30 and finishing at 21:30, with a short break in the middle.

Current Vacancies

We currently have vacancies for the following instruments. Please note that the minimum required playing standard is ideally Grade 5.

  • French Horn
  • Bassoon
  • Bass Trombone
  • Trumpet
  • String Bass

If you play any of these instruments, please contact us using our contact form here

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