Our Band

The band in its 125th anniversary year has qualified for the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain for the first time in 65 years!

The band is proud to have been awarded second place in the fourth section of the London & Southern Counties Regional Contest that was held in the Gordon Craig Theatre in Stevenage on Saturday 16th March 2024.

The band was drawn number one in a field of 17 band’s and performed Alan Fernie’s ‘Music for Jock Tamson’ under the baton of our conductor Matthew Ruel.

This is a great feat in the history of the Reading Spring Gardens Brass Band.

Members of our prize-winning band:


Matthew Ruel

Soprano Cornet

Kevin Edwards

Front Row Cornets

Jack Porter, Charlotte Hemsley, Ella Smith

Back Row Cornets

Rebecca Devaney, Tanya Winter, Oliver Williamson


Nigel Winter

Tenor Horns

Thomas Thorne, Jacqueline Ruel, Philip Edwards

Baritone & Euphoniums

Michael Fowkes, Graham Netherton, Clifton Roestoff


Mark Hawkins, Megan Saxon, Steve Powell, Nigel Smith

EEb Bass & BBb Basses

Emil Jonasson, David Yates, David Holmes


Tim Lain, Andy Light

Backroom Team Member

Philip Davey