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The Main Band and various other ensembles are available for hire for many different types of event, so please get in contact if you are interested in booking us You can see some of our past and upcoming concerts on this site to get an idea of what we get asked to do.
Due to the number of players involved, it is best to give as much notice as possible, particularly for booking in the summer months or around Christmas... our calendar is mostly constructed in January for the year ahead, so please don't delay in contacting us. Traditionally the band takes a break from performing between January and March to work on new music, but we can consider bookings at any time of the year. All band players are volunteers and money generated from performances is invested back into the band - currently funds are being used to replace old stocks of instruments and continuing our charitable aims... we also do other charity events; one 2018 concert alone raised £2250 for our chosen charity.
The Training Band generally organise their own showcase concerts, as well as performing with the main band at various events, and take on their own bookings at fetes, fayres, concerts and services. Currently, the Training Band consists of players who have only just begun, to people who have been playing for 1-4 years, and a few have returned to playing after breaks of up to 30years, or perhaps are trying out a different instrument. We like to perform a range of pieces, and the players are increasingly able to take on any challenge!
The Main Band has performed at a huge range of events over the years and can be suitable for just about any event. They are regularly called upon for programmes of light music at 'bandstand' events or garden parties and evening 'Proms' concerts with a traditional set of flag-waving favourites. In blazers and bow ties, the band is suitable for weddings, meal-time entertainment, concerts and services and, in German dress, a tradtional Oktoberfest-style beer night! The Band are also able to march (with plenty of advance warning). We are available for hire for both public and private events, holding our own public liability insurance and a 'Performing Rights Society' licence. With an extensive library and wide connections to other bands in the area, we can usually accommodate most requests for music, be it be a specific piece or a general theme needed.
The Band can, with good advance warning, put together a small group if your occasion or location does not permit the full band! We have a selection of pieces that are playable by 8-12 players, as well as specialised small groups such as our 'trombone-choir' that can perform with 5-7 players - either on brass or on our plastic trombones! See it to believe it here!! Our Brass dectet is perfect for weddings!