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Shine Steel Band is located at The Guildhall, Dartmouth and offers local people a fantastic opportunity to enjoy a fun and fulfilling musical activity with sessions on Wednesday evenings. To find out about our FREE taster sessions please click here.

Shine is open to everyone aged 12 and upwards living in the local community of Dartmouth and the surrounding towns and villages. We are an all inclusive community band that is open to people at all levels of musical aptitude and ability. We offer you a learning, playing and performing experience that will enable you to explore and express your musical inner selves. 


The Band provides a unique musical platform that encourages you to learn to read and play music in a relaxed atmosphere and even progress on to perform live in front of public audiences. Joining Shine, you will grow in confidence as you learn, play, perform and work together as a team, whilst at the same time having fun!


Shine performs at local various events including, The Dartmouth Music Festival, Dartmouth Food Festival, Dartmouth Royal Regatta, local community engagements and other private engagements upon special request.

The Steel Band


Shine is a fun way of learning to play music using our wonderful 'world' percussion musical instruments. Our team of highly experienced and qualified music teachers will guide you on your exciting musical journey.


It doesn't matter if you've never played nor read music before, we'll explain everything in slow time whilst making the sessions fun, engaging and exciting. Our sessions are structured in an 'easy to understand' yet progressive programme where you'll not feel left behind, nor overloaded by complicated and technical looking pages of music.

We'll need you to commit just 90 mins of your time each Wednesday evening to learn to play your instrument and learn the repertoire, so regular attendance is a must! Playing in a Steel Band is all about team spirit and teams work best when they support each other and play together as one. 


Our ethos is 'keep it simple' and keep it fun! After each session we guarantee you'll go away buzzing and probably singing to yourself too!

Drummer on Stage


During our sessions you'll learn how to play and perform music using our full set of steel pans and percussion musical instruments. It's challenging, interesting, sociable, rewarding, enjoyable and fulfilling but most of all, it's fun!


You need to be team-spirited, motivated, dedicated and to have the desire to learn to play music and have fun.


Those who wish to take things even further can learn to play up to performance level and even do the odd gig or two!


The Band performs at a number of engagements throughout the calendar year including the Dartmouth Music Festival, Workshop demonstrations, Christmas concerts and others.


Shine's repertoire includes some fantastic, well known Reggae and Ska sounds including, Red Red Wine, Jamming, Monkey Man, Cherry Oh Baby, Three Little Birds, Lip Up Fatty, Gangsters and of course our signature tune, Shine!

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