The band are sad to announce the loss of a star player and banding stalwart from the past.
Steve Merc’s joined Carlton Silver band in the mid 1970’s as a teenager. He progressed into a fine flugal player and went on to play with The Ibstock Brick band and The William Davies Construction Band.
His tremendous sound was unsurpassed and he won many air varie and slow melody competitions.
After a break from playing he came back and conducted the old Carlton Silver Training band and helped build up the band into its current guise as Carlton Brass. Steve also had a stint at conducting the current Carlton Brass Training Band.
Steve tragically died after suffering a brain aneurysm at the age of 54. His death has left the Midlands banding community in a state of shock. He will be fondly remembered and deeply respected for his virtuosity on flugel horn, the local contest scene is unlikely to hear such a beautiful sound for a very long time.
Steve also leaves countless friends around Nottingham, his chess club, pool team, and his close aquaintences from the ‘Billy’ will miss him dreadfully.
The band send out our sincere condolences to his family and friends.