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We have a strong membership, currently 37 in the main band and 24 in the training band. As a non-contesting band, we welcome anyone who plays for their own enjoyment. We play a mix of crowd-pleasing favourites, arrangements of modern music, traditional marches, a few challenging 'work at' pieces and even some arrangements by members of the band! Suggestions for pieces to play are always welcomed by players, audience members or people booking the band.
The main band always welcomes new players... there is always room for additional players to further improve the authentic brass sound, and this can help cover absences for family and work commitments. As a brass band requires up to 10 cornets, we will always welcome cornets in particular! We also currently have a vacancy for an Eb bass. Whether you are in the area for a short while or on a long term basis, you would be very welcome. Whilst there is no audition or set standard for the main band, we aim for all players to be happy and comfortable with what they are playing, so if you are just beginning or returning to playing after a break, then our training band may be more suitable, at least to begin with. If you're not sure where you are best suited, see our contact page and get in touch with the Band.
The main band rehearses weekly on Mondays from 7.30pm to 9.30pm at Abbot's Hall Primary School. We do not rehearse on Bank Holidays, but do throughout school holidays. Occasionally we have private engagements on a Monday, so it's always best to get in touch before coming along.
As well as some members visiting a local pub after practice each week, we also have social events such as bowling, BBQs, quiz nights, meals out, trips to the Rock Panto, camping, and even tobogganing (see photos here!).
If you want to come along to a practice, and particularly if you need an instrument, just get in touch and we'll make sure we have music, an instrument, a seat and someone to meet you!