The Silver Bell Band

--- Established 1966 ---


L/R Back - Keith Simkin, John Rothwell, Peter Vickers (ldr)
Front - Jack Moore, Roy Freeman, Brian Legan

Engagements,  Key = SILVER BELL - RED ROSE

Click the Play Button to hear the band play, "Highways Are Happy Ways", from their CD - "Carry Me Back".

The Silver Bell Jazz Band was formed in the mid 1960's. With a break of about a year, the band has enjoyed a local residency throughout. In the recent past they have enjoyed a 14 year residency at The Lamb Hotel, in Church Street, Preston. More recently the band has enjoyed long runs at the Rickshaw Restaurant at Charnock Richard, Paul Heathcote's Brasserie, and The Unicorn at Preston where they played for some seven years on the first and third Thursday of the month. The band is resident at The Bitter Suite, Fylde Road, Preston on the second and fourth Thursdays in the month.

At the time in the late 1970's and early 1980's when there was a stream of regular visiting musicians from the U.S.A. the band played host to many New Orleans instrumentalists such as Wingy Manone, Alton Purnell, Kid Thomas Valentine and Thomas Jefferson.

The number of musicians in the band is usually six, string bass/sousaphone, banjo, drums, clarinet/alto saxophone, trombone, and trumpet. The band is happy to play in almost any situation and has played in many of the Preston and District venues for events such as shop openings, and most social occasions including anniversaries, birthdays, christenings, weddings and funerals. On occasion they have traveled as far away as North Wales and deepest Yorkshire and Humberside. As there is little dependence on amplification and most members play several instruments, the band is mobile and able to function outdoors just as easily as playing in a reception room. The music played is a mixture of jazz standards and older pop-songs with a few spirituals and marches for good measure. Whilst clearly enjoying a common heritage with the English "Trad" bands, members of the Silver Bell Band have sought to avoid the excesses of such bands, preferring to use the dance bands and small swing bands of New Orleans as their inspiration. The aim of the band has always been to provide an atmosphere in which both young and old can relax.

Current Band line-up is Band Manager Pete Vickers (bass), John Rothwell (drums), Roy Freeman (trumpet), Jack Moore (trombone), Brian Legan (reeds) and Keith Simkin (banjo).


Roy Freeman & Peter Vickers talk about the band and what it means to them

This video was filmed by Jake Cashmore and Annabel Stenhouse

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The latest CD - "Live At The Bitter Sweet" £6 including postage in the UK is now available


A sample of tunes from the CD "Carry Me Back" - Click here to download

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1. Carry Me Back To Old Virginny
2. Dinah
3. Down Among The Sheltering Palms
4. Far Away Blues
5. Highways Are Happy Ways
6. If I Had My Life To Live Over
7. I’m Alone Because I Love You
8. Is It True What They Say About Dixie?
9. It Looks Like Rain in Cherry Blossom Lane
10. Love Letters In The Sand
11. Someday You’ll Be Sorry
12. Sweetheart Of  T.K.O.
13. Clarinet Marmalade
14. Ting-a-Ling
15. When Somebody Thinks You’re Wonderful
16. When You Wore a Tulip
17. The White Cliffs of Dover
18. Who’s Sorry now?

Band Contact
Pete Vickers (01772 822787)

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