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New Year's Honour for Steve Large

Andover Town MD Steve Large has been awarded the British Empire Medal in the New Year's Honours List.



The brass band movement in the UK will be joining in the celebrations for conductor Steve Large, after it was announced that the Andover Town Band Musical Director has been awarded the British Empire Medal for services to brass band music in the New Year’s Honours List.

Life long

Steve revealed to 4BR that his life long brass banding passion started at the age of 2, when his father gave him a go at conducting with his baton. He has since gone on to enjoy an outstanding musical career, first within the Salvation Army, and then when moving to Hampshire to enjoy 22 years with Test Valley Brass before more latterly setting up Andover Town Band.


"It did come as a wonderful surprise," he told 4BR.

"It really is in recognition of all the wonderful people I have been lucky to have associated with, and who have worked so hard over the years to provide brass band music making in the local community."

All about players

That is something Steve feels is essential to ensuring the future of the brass band movement in the UK.

"It’s not just about young players — it’s about all players, and getting your band to become a local focal point of music making.

Lots of people have shared my love of brass bands and have worked so hard to help me — most importantly my family."


Steve’s wife Alison and teenage children Emily and Adam, who play solo cornet and soprano in Andover Town Band, have offered immense support.

He added proudly: "I can’t thank them enough — and this honour goes to them too."


Steve also paid thanks to the people involved in Test Valley Brass where he spent 22 great years and to David Thompson of Mitutoyo Precision Instruments who have also given invaluable support.

"These are all wonderful people who have enabled both Test Valley and now Andover to become so successful and such integral parts of the local community in which they serve."

Lots of people have shared my love of brass bands and have worked so hard to help me — most importantly my familySteve Large BEM

Perfect Day

Steve hasn’t yet been informed when he will be presented with his British Empire Medal Steve doesn’t yet know when he will be presented with his BEM, although he hopes his family will be with him on a very special day.

"I’m really looking forward to it," he said. "I just hope they have some brass band music playing in the background when it gets presented to me — that would be perfect."

National trophies

2018 National Finalists confirmed

March 19 • The list of bands who will challenge for National honours in the autumn is now complete following the last round of 2018 Regional contests on the weekend.

Friary Guildford

Result: 2018 London & Southern Counties Regional Championship: Championship Section

March 18 • Frairy Guildford make it four wins in a row as they retain their top-flight title and are joined at the Albert Hall by Thundersley.


Result: 2018 London & Southern Counties Regional Championship: Fourth Section

March 18 • Bradwell Silver strikes gold to take Fourth Section title and head to Cheltenham alongside Regent Community Brass and Great Yarmouth Brass.


Result: 2018 North of England Regional Championship: Championship Section

March 18 • NASUWT Riverside makes it a North of England Area double as they head back to the Albert Hall as champions again with Reg Vardy in tow.

Black Dyke Band - Mirfield Parish Church

Thursday 22 March • Mirfield Parish Church, 38 Church Lane, Mirfield WF14 9HX

The Fairey Band - Ensembles from Bramhall High School

Friday 23 March • Bramhall High School. Seal Road. Stockport SK72JT

Regent Hall Concerts - Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama Brass Band

Friday 23 March • Regent Hall. (The Salvation Army). 275 Oxford Street. London W1C 2DJ (opposite RESERVED) W1C 2DJ

The Brighouse & Rastrick Band - Boobs & Brass at Huddersfield Town Hall

Saturday 24 March • Huddersfield Town Hall. Corporation St,. Huddersfield HD1 2TA

Croydon Citadel Band - The International Staff Band of The Salvation Army

Saturday 24 March • The Salvation Army. Booth Rd. Croydon. CR0 1XY CR0 1XY

Hitchin Band

March 20 • BASS TROMBONE VACANCY - Hitchin Band (promoted to Championship as of 2019) are looking for a bass trombone player to fill our vacancy. We are a friendly and sociable band with a busy and varied concert programme throughout the year.

Milnrow Band

March 20 • 2nd EUPHONIUM and 2 FIRST CLASS CORNET PLAYERS. We have immediate vacancies for a 2nd Euphonium & 2 Cornet players (positions negotiable). We rehearse Mon/Thur 8pm-10pm in our own bandroom in Milnrow, situated just off J21 M62 and accessible via Metrolink.

Amesbury Town Band

March 20 • Players of any standard are always warmly welcomed especially some more solo cornets and a spare percussionists to help out existing players. We don't contest, so feel free to drop in, even if you just fancy a blow or want to try another instrument.

Stan Lippeatt

Conductor, adjudicator, tutor