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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, continuing our charitable aims... we also do other charity events, and 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. Currently, the training band are mainly beginners so performances are limited to around 30-45 minutes, but can be ideal for a family event or alongside the main band. We encourage performance from the very beginning of a player's time with us to avoid them ever getting stage fright!
The Band has performed at a huge range of events over the years and can be suitable for almost 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 and, in German dress, a tradtional Oktoberfest-style beer night!
The Band are also able to march and 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, the Band can usually accommodate most requests for music, be it be a specific piece or a general theme to an event that is needed.
The Band can also generally 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 quintet is perfect for weddings!