Sabrina Brass are based in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, and rehearse on Tuesday evenings at the Shrewsbury
Sabrina Brass was formed in the mid 70s originally as an instrumental teachers quintet. In 1980 it developed into
a full brass band involving students, staff and other adult players under the direction of Mike Denny. In 1984
the training band was formed and Dave Heywood took over its leadership. From 1990 he conducted both bands
until in 2001 Rebecca Heywood took over the training band. Andrew Maher led the band for nearly 4 years up until
August 2011, and handed over the baton to Steve Pritchard-Jones at the beginning of September 2011. The Training
band is currently led by Sheila Hughes, who is assisted by Wendy Thomas and Roy Bower.
Sabrina has always had a high proportion of student players but over recent years it has attracted many more
adult players and indeed, several of its former student players have returned to the band. In 1999 Sabrina
became a registered charity and since then has been administered by an active and dedicated committee.
Sabrina supports many local charities and organisations by performing concerts, as well as organising its
own concerts with guest artists from the local community and has performed on local radio. We have toured
abroad on many occasions initially to our own twin town Zutphen in Holland, and then Prague, Malta and
Mallorca. We visited Bournemouth and the Isle of Wight during Easter 2005, the Isle of Man during Easter 2008
and we toured the Lake District during Easter 2009. Our most recent trip was during the Easter Weekend 2011,
when we played a number of concerts in Llandudno and surrounding areas.
Our repertoire consists of a varied programme, from traditional brass band works, wind band and orchestral
arrangements to popular classics, music from the shows and film music, providing something for everyone.