Our History - the 2000s
The year 2000 was an exciting year for the band, as several high profile events took place to celebrate the new millennium. Hangleton performed at the Millennium Dome alongside Brighton and Patcham Bands, with the Youth Band having the honour of playing in the main arena. The three bands also a held a joint concert called ‘Millennium Brass’ at Hove Town Hall, funded by a National Lottery Grant. A special piece of music was commissioned for the occasion called ‘South Downs Pictures’ by Phillip Sparke and this was premiered at the concert. The year 2000 also saw Hangleton Band well and truly join the twenty first century with the launch of our first website.
In 2003 the Senior Band took part in an outdoor Proms concert at Borde Hill Gardens near Haywards Heath, supporting the English Symphony Orchestra. The band was well received and asked back for several subsequent years, playing each time to crowds in excess of eight thousand people.
In 2004 the band held a special ‘Night at the Movies Concert’ at the Windmill Theatre in Hove. The programme was a departure from normal, and was entirely based around music from cinema. Images and video clips were shown on a large screen during the performance and these were so well received that they become a permanent feature of every subsequent concert.
In 2005 Hangleton celebrated another milestone, with a special 40th Anniversary Concert and Reunion at the Clarendon Centre in Brighton. Many ex members came back to help the celebrations, with memorabilia, old photos and videos on display. David Chappell was invited to become the band’s Honorary President and he made a special trip from his home in Sweden to attend the event. John Williams, a well-respected figure in the local brass band community, and future chairman of SCABA served as Senior Band MD for the 40th anniversary year following Christine Nonoo’s return to the playing ranks on cornet.
In 2006 Matthew Pollard was appointed Musical Director of the Senior Band following the departure of John Williams. Highlights of Matthew’s tenure of the band included two successful Brighton Fringe Concerts, and an appearance at the National Brass Band Finals in Harrogate in 2008.
In 2009 ex-band member Richard Baker returned to the fold to take over as Youth Band MD and then also Senior Band MD. Under Richard’s baton the band has gone from strength to strength, with the Youth Band swelling to over fifty members. A strong performance in the Stevenage regional qualifying contest in March 2011 saw the Senior Band again competing in the National Finals in Cheltenham later that year.
Read more about the Hangleton Band in the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and 2010s.