January 2000 – formation of first informal Committee.
23 June 2000 – Seminar with guest speakers Professor Leslie Bunt from MusicSpace Trust, Bristol, Dr Gary Ansdell, Research Associate at Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Centre, London and David Walters, Director Coda Music Trust and Music Research Institute, Christchurch. Resolution passed unanimously to establish a Centre for Music and Music Therapy in the Region.
2001 – Week long Bude Festival of Music bringing quality music to the Community. This has now become an annual event.
2001 – Published by Sound Waves South West first Directory ‘On the Record’: a twice yearly diary of Music and Music related events held within a 50 mile radius of Bude. This is provided free to those making entries and at point of pick up. The circulation is now 3,500 copies.
December 2001: Obtained Registered Charity status: Number 1089223
18 February 2002 A two day Seminar/Workshop hosted by SWSW ‘Children in Crisis’. First day - Professor Leslie Bunt and Eleanor Tingle from MusicSpace Trust. Second day Mr Ben Saul, A Music Therapist with Greenwich Primary Care NHS Trust and Chelsea and Westminster Mental Health Trust together with Tim Swingler of the Soundbeam Project.
18th – 22nd February 2002 ‘Good Vibrations’ sponsored by Sound Waves South West – a week of musical experience for children.
July 2002 – Workshops at 8 local schools bringing ‘Graffiti Classics String Quartet’ in partnership with Live Music Now! SW.
September 2002 - pilot instrument loan scheme consisting of four violins and four cellos introduced at St Marks School, Morwenstow.
July 2003 – Workshops brought to 8 local schools.
September 2003 – four clarinets added to the SWSW instrument loan scheme at Bude Junior School and 2 flutes at Kilkhampton Junior School.
September 2003 – creation of the Sound Waves Music Therapy Team with the first two Music Therapists working under the auspices of the Charity.
February 2004 – inauguration of Sound Waves Website: www.soundwaves-sw.co.uk
September 2004 – Third Music Therapist joins the Team working in the North Devon area.
25 March 2005 - The Beacon Fellowship ‘Highly Commended’ Certificate was awarded to Judyth Gwynne, Chairman of Sound Waves in recognition of her outstanding contribution to charitable and social causes. Judyth was highly commended in the category of Community Builder.
9th July 2005 - First Music Therapy Conference ‘From Tuning to Attunement: Music Therapy for Schizophrenia’.
October 2005 – Fourth Music Therapist joins the Team working in the North Devon area.
July 2006 - English Traditional Folk song Workshops in Schools.
July 2006 - Bude Festival of Music widens its scope by being renamed ‘The Bude Arts Festival’.
8th July 2006 - 2nd Music Therapy Conference: ‘Journey to the Centre’.
Late 2006 - A total of 68 instruments now on free loan under the Instrument Loan Scheme (2006 - 2007). Double Bass and Digital Piano purchased for Loan Scheme in memory of the late John Bolitho - Cornish Bard and Founder Member of SWSW.
July 2007 – ‘The Powers of Music Project’ - Graffiti Classics workshops in 11 local schools.
31st August 2007 – Public Relations and Fund Raiser joins the SWSW Team
15th September 2007 – 3rd Music Therapy Conference: ‘Tuning In’ – An Introduction to Music Therapy.
February 2008 – ‘Rosewood Duo’, Chinese musicians workshops in 8 local schools.
May 2008 – Publication and of 20,000 SWSW information leaflets and distribution commences.
September 2008 – Fourth Music Therapy Conference at Bude.
January 2009 – New
Instrument Loan Scheme leaflet launched.
February 2009 - Awarded a Yamaha Digital Piano by
September 2010 - Workshops with Carambita in 15 local schools and special units.
July 2012 - The first annual Maggie Perryman Award for Musical Achievement was inaugurated in her memory. The first winner was Becky Bailey from Budehaven Community School who was awarded a £100 cheque and a £10 book token.
October 2012 - Winkleigh Morris Dancers were brought to 10 local North Cornish Primary Schools in the Bude area involving over 1,000 students.
Each school had 2 hours of music and dancing.