Registered charity 290209
Our training band volunteers are DBS checked and we welcome parents to remain on site during rehearsals if desired. We are registered with SAFEcic who monitor our Child Protection Policy. We also have a Child Protection Officer who oversees all issues regarding under-18s. Please click here to view our Child Protection Page where you will find more details and a copy of our Policy and our General Risk Assessment.
From its inception, Stowmarket Concert Band has had a vested interest in musical education and this is still continuing. With full registered-charity status, the Band is committed to not only giving players of any age or ability the chance to perform, but also to supplying instruments, group tuition and ongoing support to anyone interested in learning. We have trainee members of ages 6 to 60+, with members either reigniting an old hobby or learning from scratch. We split into beginner/trainee/intermediate groups as required.
Many of the adults in main band began their love for music in then 'junior band' many years ago, and thoroughly recommend it as a hobby and social pursuit. Our Training Band members often come from local schools, and they are encouraged to also join with musical groups at their school and use instruments supplied by the Band there too. Players who wish to take musical exams are encouraged. In 2017 we ran a batch of 20 ABRSM musical exams - all trainees passed, with every trainee getting at least one 'excellent' rating, and we achieved the same again in 2018! There are two more courses booked for 2020.
The training band practises on a Monday evening throughout the year (exc bank holidays) from 6.30pm to 7.25pm at Abbot's Hall Primary School. More experienced trainees will often stay to join the main band later in the evening too. Trainees perform their own pieces in some of the main band concerts, and also have their own bookings, or even host their own independent concerts.
Our trainees benefit from a number of experienced tutors/players to guide them on a Monday, and we also hold occasional weekend workshops. Please get in contact to see what instruments we have available or when might be a good time to come along. You're welcome to use our instruments in other groups and/or at school also. We are generally admitting new intakes at the start of school terms (January, April and September) but encourage enquiries at any time as we can usually lend instruments to try before joining and give a basic talk through technique and some guidance on home learning. Anyone with previous experience of playing and reading music can probably be accommodated at any time.