Chapeltown Silver Prize Band, now based in High Green, North Sheffield, was formed during the 1870s and has always had its roots planted firmly in the community whose name it carries.

The band is extremely active in the local community, self-promoting formal concerts at Newton Hall, Chapeltown four times a year and performing, annually, on the bandstand in the park. On behalf of the Royal British Legion, they lead the village Remembrance Day service and parade and participate in the community carols in the Memorial Gardens and The Wagon & Horses (Wetherspoons) each December.

It is a family orientated band, with the players’ ages ranging from 13 to 70+. Many of the players live locally, but some travel long distances to attend rehearsals and engagements. The band receives no financial support other than its fees from engagements and fundraising, alongside generous donations from the local community and the loyal support of members of our patronage scheme. We are one of only a handful of bands playing at this level that survives without any form of commercial sponsorship.

Chapeltown Silver Prize Band are a nationally graded contesting band and were, once again, qualified to represent Yorkshire at the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain in Cheltenham in September. This is the third time in five years the band has achieved qualification and, furthermore, as of January 2020 they will compete in the first section, where they hope to continue this success!

Musical Director: Sam Fisher

Born in Reading, Berkshire, Sam grew up in the small market town of Tavistock in Devon. His early musical years were spent with the local town band (Stannary Brass Band), Bodmin Town Youth Band, City of Plymouth Wind Band and The Royal Naval Volunteer Band, Devonport.

Having moved to Barnsley in the year 2000 to study under Dr Roger Webster and David Hirst, he joined Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band, where he stayed for eighteen months, before accepting a position with the world famous Brighouse and Rastrick Band. Over the next eight years, Sam played with Brighouse and Rastrick Band and Grimethorpe Colliery Band, mostly on Repiano Cornet and Flugel Horn before returning to CMFCB in 2009 to occupy the Flugel Horn position.

He currently works as a performer (trumpet/cornet/flugelhorn), brass teacher, musical director, adjudicator and composer/arranger. His passion for brass banding continues to be the focus of much of his time. However, more recently he is spending more of his time performing with a variety of ensembles, including soul and function bands; whilst working as a session musician for John Tams, BBC Folk Award Winner, Sam Sweeney and Sheffield-based artist, Jack Rutter. Sam has also toured the UK twice in the last two years, performing with Jon Boden and The Remnant Kings at a number of the UK’s most prestigious venues. Sam recently recorded brass on Jon’s latest release; a live album, recorded at Rockfield Studios, home of Bohemian Rhapsody.

Now a fully qualified member of the Association of Brass Band Adjudicators, Sam is very much looking forward to many exciting engagements as an adjudicator at contests, both locally and nationwide.

Vacancies

Chapeltown Silver Prize Band invite applications from BBb Bass players to complete our post-lockdown line up. Contact us for more information.

Although the band do not currently have any other vacancies, players are always welcome.