Warbleton Brass Band stalwart honoured

Jean Jarvis
Jean Jarvis

A DELIGHTED and surprised Jean Jarvis was presented with life-presidency of Warbleton Brass Band at its concert last Sunday at the Dunn Village Hall, Rushlake Green.

The band president, Judith Kinnison-Bourke, said this honour, which had only been given once before in the band’s 100 year-plus life, was in recognition of Jean’s long and devoted service to the band. Jean started playing as a girl, although was not able to play with the band until the late 1950s as women were not allowed to play in public until then.

Over the years Jean has played with and served the band in various roles. Amongst them she maintained the music library, and latterly was band secretary, a role she only grave up recently. She continues to play.

Warbleton Brass Band was founded in 1896. In those days, early players would have paid about £7.10s for a four-valve euphonium. They were nearly all local residents whereas today’s band members come from far afield. Every Friday evening from 7.30pm the band can be heard practising in Dunn Village Hall and anyone can join. Information email: secretary@warbletonbrassband.co.uk