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www.abingdonconcertband.org.uk

Founded 1977: ‘We are a community wind (or concert) band consisting of brass, woodwind and percussion players. We play a range of music from classic concert band pieces including marches and favourites from the “Last Night of the Proms” to film scores and television music, musicals, Disney and contemporary arrangements for concert band by composers such as Philip Sparke and Jay Bocook. We regularly add new music to our library‘.

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www.abingtonwindband.org.uk

‘Formed in 1975 to fill a gap in the Northampton Music Scene ... While existing orchestras and bands catered either for accomplished musicians or for schoolchildren there was a growing number of people taking up instruments later in life and there was a need for a band for “adult beginners”. To develop adequately as an instrumentalist it is vital to take part in ensemble playing with musicians of a similar or better standard ... There are no auditions, and unless any section gets ridiculously overpopulated, no particular limits on numbers of players. The Band gives many concerts for charity around the County and has made regular appearances on the bandstand in Abington Park as part of the Borough Council's summer “Bands in the Park” series of concerts.’

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www.adband.org.uk

'Formed as a youth band by the late Arthur Doyle, following his retirement as Principal Tuba with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO). This makes us one of the oldest civilian Concert Bands in the West Midlands.'

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adamsonband.org.uk

‘A voluntary wind band which was established in 1888. Based in Dukinfield in the North West of England it continues to serve Manchester and the North West. The Band can be seen performing at a variety of events from garden parties, carnivals, festive occasions and concerts such as its annual Christmas concert ...’

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www.adurconcertband.org.uk

‘The Band has a membership from Shoreham, Hove, Brighton, Worthing, Steyning and as far away as Crawley and Chichester. We are a community band that welcomes anyone 18 and over who can play a wind instrument or percussion; our members include players from around grade 5, to semi-professional musicians.’

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www.allsaintsconcertband.co.uk

‘Our music covers a very wide range, from Abba to Bach, and includes films and shows, light opera, traditional folk tunes, and arrangements of the classics or pop compilations. For players this provides variety and interest – while to those who book the band we can offer a choice of programme to suit any occasion. ASCB gives performances throughout the year at both indoor and outdoor events, in a variety of venues from bandstands to shopping centres, and including local churches, community halls and schools. We help several charities with fundraising.’

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www.alnwickplayhouseconcertband.org.uk

'On the 18th March 1995 in the Playhouse, to a near sell-out audience and to great critical acclaim, the Band performed its first ever concert. Since then the Band has gone from strength to strength and is now an established musical group of repute within the town. The Band takes its name from its adopted home, Alnwick Playhouse, where rehearsals take place on a weekly basis and where the Band performs its main concerts. The Band is very fortunate to have such an excellent venue as its base and is grateful for the continuous support it receives from the management and staff of the Playhouse.'

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www.altonconcertband.co.uk

‘A friendly group of amateur and retired musicians founded in 2010. The band is growing steadily and new musicians are welcomed without the need for audition. We play a variety of light and classical music, including music from the shows, jazz and swing. The Band plays in support of charities including the RNLI, Winchester Night Shelter and the Cardiac Rehabilitation Centre in Alton. You may have also seen us at Christmas time around Alton sharing a little Christmas cheer.’

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www.ashbyconcertband.com

'The band boasts a membership of over 50 players and is one of the leading concert bands in the East Midlands ... ACB is a true community band and welcomes players of all ages. The entry level is ABRSM Grade 5 or equivalent. Admission to the Band is subject to a satisfactory audition.'

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www.ashfordconcertband.co.uk

'Formed in 2002 under the name Windmill, as part of a drive to encourage adults who maybe hadn't played for a few years to return to their brass or woodwind instruments. We have gone from strength to strength and now have approx 30 members. We have renamed ourselves Ashford Concert Band and we meet every week to rehearse and have a great repertoire of music we play. Today we continue to learn and enjoy making music together and always welcome new players over the age of 18 to come and join us.'

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www.avonwindbandassociation.com

Apollo Wind Band is a band that likes to have a lot of fun playing together! They started in September 2012 as a new band with many members learning an instrument from scratch or relearning one which they hadn't played for many years ... The Phoenix Wind Band was formed in January 2014 by a number of experienced musicians who wanted to continue making music to a high standard. They have a wide repertoire, from arrangements of classical music and popular songs, to original works for concert band, covering over 100 years.’ The Association also includes Westerly Winds and Winterbourne Winds.

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Also indexedApollo Wind Band | Phoenix Wind Band
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aylesburyband.org

'Made up of enthusiastic amateur players from Aylesbury and the surrounding areas ...The band performs several concerts throughout the year as well as at civic occasions such as the annual "Mayor Making" ceremony in May, and at fêtes and Christmas carol concerts.'

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musicfortheblind.btck.co.uk

‘Formed in 1984 ... as The Music for the Blind and Disabled Trust ... The Trust is a charity founded to enhance the life of disabled people through the medium of music ... We are always looking for new members to play in our Concert Band, the current compliment of which is around 30+. All standards can be accommodated and instruments may be available for loan. Both disabled and able-bodied people can be assured of a warm welcome! All woodwind, brass and percussion players welcome.'

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Also indexedThe Music for the Blind & Disabled Trust
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www.barnsleyconcertband.co.uk

'Barnsley’s premier woodwind, brass and percussion ensemble ... has been entertaining audiences of all ages for over 40 years at numerous concerts locally, nationwide and across Europe. The Band's repertoire covers all major genres of music; Pop, Rock, Film, Theatre, Jazz, Marches, Light Classical and even Folk. The combination of instrument types within the group creates an exciting musical palette and delivers a vibrant listening experience.'

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www.bcband.org.uk

‘A traditional wind band with over forty playing members. The Band performs various engagements throughout the year, including charity concerts, bandstand concerts, and our own very popular Spring and Christmas concerts.’

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www.baxendenconcertband.co.uk

'Formed in the early 1990's by Major John Boden, a retired Army Musical Director. His aim was to offer young people the opportunity to meet together and make music as an alternative form of entertainment ... Players of all age groups and abilities are welcomed, the only requirement for membership being a basic knowledge of music and the willingness to learn.'

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berwickconcertband.wixsite.com/information

'Established in 1993. We play at events and concerts in the Scottish borders and North Northumberland. The band are a friendly and welcoming bunch and are always looking for new members.'

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www.bicesterconcertband.org.uk

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www.bsw.org.uk

‘The UK's premiere wind orchestra, giving regular concerts in Birmingham and taking the music of the Midlands to the world ... The 45-strong orchestra is made up of players living and working in and around Birmingham and the wider West Midlands, whilst others travel from different parts of the UK to participate with the ensemble ... In 2014 Birmingham Symphonic Winds were invited ... to become “Ensemble in Residence” at Birmingham University forging links between Birmingham Symphonic Winds and the University Wind Band.’

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www.bishamconcertband.org.uk

‘A friendly community band, welcoming players of all ages. We are busy providing musical performances in Buckinghamshire and beyond, with a mixture of indoor and outdoor concerts held throughout the year. We aim to promote music-making in our region, encouraging other groups to join us in performance; and, not least, to enjoy the company and friendship of like-minded folk. For those who might be wondering, the band took its name from the days when it was based in Bisham School. The band moved to Stokenchurch some years ago but decided to retain the original name. Less concerned with formal playing qualifications, we are keen to attract committed musicians willing to help us move forward. The current repertoire, which is broad based, requires a playing level equivalent to Grade VI or above.’

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blackwellconcertband.co.uk

‘The Band was formed in 1998 when woodwind were invited into the Blackwell Brass Band to encourage further growth. Since these humble beginnings it has gone on to reach its current strength of around 55 players. There are a wide range of players in the band of varying experience and calibre. The repertoire includes marches, jazz, calypso, blues, pop, rock, film scores and more.

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www.bloomsburymusicgroup.org.uk

‘Our members are adult amateur woodwind players. The two ensembles that make up the Bloomsbury Music Group  provide opportunities for us to develop our musical ability and ensemble skills in relaxed and informal settings. We are building a varied repertoire of woodwind ensemble music and we regularly perform in public.‘

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Also indexedBloomsbury Band of Flutes and Clarinets | Bloomsbury Woodwind Ensemble
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www.bourneconcertband.org.uk

‘There is no audition to join, just turn up ... The Band's membership comprises people of all ages and from all walks of life. Some members have been with the band since its formation in 1984 but new players are joining all the time. Some have come along to the band having taken up their instrument again after a break of several years, and although arrive feeling rather "rusty" they soon get back into the swing of things! ... The Bourne Concert Band is available for hire at weekends throughout the year. The band is suitable for a variety of events from Weddings to Fêtes, Prom Concerts to Celebrations.‘

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www.bournemouthanddistrictconcertband.online

Founded 1990: ‘We’re a community concert band and perform across Dorset including Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch, Wimborne and Ferndown. We’re one of the area’s largest concert bands with around 50 musicians of all ages, playing wind band instruments of all shapes and sizes ... We love seeing new faces in the band. To join, you’ll need to be 14 years or over and play a wind instrument or drums/percussion. We don’t ask for a specific grade but we recommend you’re around Grade 5 or equivalent and ideally you’ll have some band experience’.

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www.brackleywindensemble.co.uk

'Formed in 2004 as a result of an off shoot of Brackley Music School. We perform a wide variety of music from Baroque music, to traditional classical pieces by Mozart and Beethoven, through to more "contemporary" works such as music by the Beatles and modern film music ... We have players from Brackley, Banbury, Towcester, Buckingham and surrounding villages ... Whether modern or traditional, the pieces that we play are well suited to a wind ensemble and are both fun to play and to listen to.'

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www.brecontownband.com

‘A community based wind band that was formed in 1967. The current band comprises about 55 musicians of all age ranges and abilities who enjoy making music together. All woodwind, brass and percussion players are welcome to join the Band ... The Band performs between 15 and 25 engagements each year and regularly performs at Brecon; Llanigon; and Sennybridge Shows; the Victorian Festival, Llandrindod Wells. Most of the music we perform outdoors has a strong rhythmic beat. The Band regularly performs carols in Bethel Square, Brecon in the weeks before Christmas.’

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bridgtownconcertband.co.uk

'Traditional concert wind band, made up of musicians of all ages and abilities ... The Band continues to keep to its original ethos and constitution of bringing young and not so young people together and provide the opportunities to learn, practice and perform music in a safe environment, bringing entertainment and music to a wider audience with a commitment to help and support others.'

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www.bandhco.co.uk

‘We are a 40 strong concert orchestra who meet every week to play lovely music in a very friendly, fun environment. Our repertoire includes a mixture of styles to suit all tastes from the "light music" genre. We usually present three or four concerts a year at local venues ... We don't hold auditions or require a minimum standard although you will gain most enjoyment from the orchestra if you've reached grade 5 or above.’

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bristocommunityconcertband.blogspot.com

‘We are a Community Concert Band, based in Bristo Baptist Church, Edinburgh ... We are open to woodwind, brass and percussion players of all ages and abilities.’

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www.bcwb.co.uk

‘From musical novices to top level performers, the Bristol Concert Wind Band family has been providing opportunities to play wind music in the Bristol area for over 30 years. In 1984 we started with just one band, but soon improver and training bands were formed to cater for growing demand and numbers. Today we enjoy a membership in excess of 150 spread across all of our bands and groups at all grades and abilities!’

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brncrnvolunteerband.wordpress.com

‘A symphonic wind band encompassing all the instruments found in a military band. Its repertoire can cover every genre of music from classics through film scores, jazz, rock and pop as well as military music. We rehearse ... at the Britannia Royal Naval College and have a full diary of events both in the locality of Dartmouth as well as the wider Devon community. Membership requires applicants to be an average of Grade 6+ (exam pass is not necessary but an audition may be required) and emphasis is placed on musicality and regular attendance.’ Note also the College’s Big Band, Parade Band, and Corps of Drums.

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Also indexedBritannia Royal Naval College| Big Band | Parade Band | Corps of Drums
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broadstairsandstpetersband.com

'The Band was formed in 1980. Many musicians have come and gone over the years, young people moving on to the Services, University or new Careers; some of our older members retiring and others we sadly lost. We are made up of members of all ages 15-85 who are Ex-Professional or Amateur musicians ... We perform regular concerts at the Pavilion-On-Sands, Viking Bay, Broadstairs, a wonderful venue and setting for a Sunday night concert of popular music from films/shows and a pot pourri of incidental music.'

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www.broadstone-community-concert-band.co.uk

'We’re an amateur wind band offering its members a fun and yet challenging opportunity to play within a large wind band ... We usually play a couple of large charity concerts each year, local venues have included Poole Lighthouse, Wimborne Minster and The Tivoli in Wimborne.'

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www.bromleyconcertband.com

‘Keeping Music Live since 1953!’ Typically half a dozen concerts per annum, often at Bandstands around and about Bromley: ‘We can tailor our programme to suit your venue and audience, and we are well known for entertaining crowds with music that people love. We can perform outdoors as well as indoors and provide all our own equipment‘.

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www.bromyardwindband.com

‘Made up of players from a very wide area around the town of Bromyard in Herefordshire in England. Although “Wind Band” is in our title, we are a full Symphonic Concert Band / Ensemble ... We play all types / ranges / styles. Most original Wind Band music is relatively modern, but we do try to play pieces from all music genres. Pieces can range from “Classical” arrangements through the “Miller” era, to modern pieces by present-day composers.‘

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www.buckroseband.org.uk

'Non-profit community wind band founded in 2006 by the late Malcolm Heywood ... We are self-supporting and all of its players give their time and services for free. We have a membership of over fifty musicians ... We are available for all types of concert work, including concert hall bookings, garden parties, carol concerts, bandstand appearances and private functions. Our reputation is well established in the East Riding where we regularly perform to enthusiastic audiences.'

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www.burnhamconcertband.btck.co.uk

‘The Band was founded in late 1975 and gave its first performance in December of that year as a youth band. The idea of forming an adult band from the original group flourished, and in 1977 it became the Burnham Concert Band. The Band numbers some 40 musicians from in and around the area, all of whom contribute their musical skills outside their own work and leisure time. Seasonal concerts take place at Burnham Park in the centre of Burnham and in addition the band supports local summer activities at various locations.’

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burtonconcertband.co.uk

‘Burton upon Trent has a long history of Brass Bands, which still continues. However, because of a very strong Local Education Authority policy in Woodwind tuition, the need for mixed Woodwind and Brass groups had caused a rise in Concert Bands in the U.K. In order to fill this gap in Burton on Trent, David Haines (our current Musical Director), held a meeting in 1992 of local woodwind, brass and percussion players. As a result of that meeting, the Burton Concert Band was formed. Several members of the original band still play with us regularly.’

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burystedmundsconcertband.co.uk

‘Comprises some 40 talented amateur musicians, with members' ages ranging from their early 20's through to retirees ... We aim to present around a dozen public performances each year, including free-to-all summer concerts in Bury St Edmunds's renowned Abbey Gardens.’

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www.camwindband.com

Founded 2012 ‘to provide quality music making for wind, brass and percussionists in the Cambridge locale. The fifty-piece band enjoys a wide-range of music playing classics from the wind orchestra repertoire, transcripts of film and TV themes alongside arrangements of popular music and specially commissioned pieces. CWB performs at least four concerts a year in Cambridge ... The Band is principally for adult amateur players and the recommended standard is grade 8 and beyond’.

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www.capitalconcertband.co.uk

‘We are a community wind band based in Edinburgh. We perform several concerts a year in support of various charities. A sociable group of amateur musicians, we believe music and fun go together. Our members are not only from Edinburgh, but also from as far afield as Fife, Perthshire, and the Scottish Borders ... Membership is open to players of all ages. We do not hold auditions but you should be at least Grade 5 standard.‘

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capricewindorchestra.co.uk

‘A wind orchestra based in Chelmsford and which performs regularly at a range of venues in the surrounding area ... The eighty-strong orchestra plays a wide-ranging repertoire of classics, themes from stage and screen and arrangements of popular music. It has a loyal following of concert goers and a reputation for providing accessible, quality concerts which are enjoyed by players and audiences alike. Caprice gives four to five concerts a year, raising money for local and national charities.’

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carmarthenband.co.uk

‘The Band has some 50 members ranging in age from early teens to early eighties many of whom have been with the band for several years. They travel from a wide geographical area including Fishguard, Cardigan and Llanelli and their commitment is demonstrated by the fact that they travel to rehearsals every Sunday evening ... As a community based band they play for their own enjoyment but they also thrive on challenges of performing at more formal concerts and events. As befitting a band comprising of woodwind, brass and percussion instruments their repertoire is wide and varied consisting of classical pieces through to music from the shows, film themes, military marches and popular music.'

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www.celebrationreedandbrassband.org.uk

‘The Band, now styled on Military Band instrumentation, was originally founded by a small nucleus of 7 or 8 young musicians in February 1992, following the demise of the Evesham Sea Cadet Corps Band. The number of members achieving good results for examinations set by the Royal Schools of Music has resulted in the Band rapidly gaining recognition as a successful training ground for young musicians and aspiring adults within the Vale of Evesham.’

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www.chalfontwindband.co.uk

‘The Band's aim is to encourage the interest of wind band musicians of any age and to give them plenty of experience of playing in public. We are always on the lookout for woodwind, brass and percussion players. There are also instrumental ensembles associated with the Band. The Band presents two main concerts each year, plus many other public engagements particularly during the summer and Christmas period. It raises much money for local and national charities.’

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www.charnwoodconcertbands.co.uk

‘Loughborough based, Charnwood Concert Bands are 3 friendly community bands, providing musical performances around the East Midlands, with a mixture of indoor and outdoor concerts held throughout the year. Our aim is to make music fun and enjoyable, both to play and listen to, while at the same time improving the standard of the musicians involved. The bands are delighted to encompass a broad age-range in their membership, (currently from ages 8 to 80), underlining the commitment to making music in a joyful and friendly atmosphere. Less concerned with formal playing qualifications, we are keen to attract committed musicians willing to help us move forward. One advantage we have over other Bands, is that, for beginners, you can start off in the Training Band and as you improve, move into the Concert Band and eventually, the Symphonic Wind Orchestra.’

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Also indexedCharnwood Symphonic Wind Orchestra
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www.chilternconcertband.net

'A community wind band based in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. The band was set up in 1982 to give the opportunity to adult musicians to continue in a high standard musical ensemble beyond their school and college days. The band plays a wide range of music including marches, well-known film and show selections, solo items, popular classics as well as more recent wind band repertoire.'

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christchurchanddistrictband.co.uk

‘A community concert band ... If you already play, or have played and would like to perform with us, why not get in touch and come along for an evening to see if you enjoy it? The Band are a friendly group of musicians getting together to create music and perform entertaining concerts. Rehearsals are relaxed and fun. An exciting time is ahead. If you want something different from your musical experiences, get in touch !’

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www.royalbritishlegionband.co.uk

‘We are a community band. We constantly update our musical repertoire so that we play a varied repitiore and are always keen to meet new players.‘

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cogwo.org.uk

‘Founded in 1982 as the YMCA Glasgow Wind Orchestra ... In 2017, the band formally changed its name to The City of Glasgow Wind Orchestra. We continue to give concerts throughout the year and the number of players is at an all time high ... Our membership includes youth and experience — a wide range of ages and musical backgrounds. Our repertoire is extensive – Marches, Overtures, Classical Music, music from Stage and Screen, Solo Features, and Contemporary pieces all feature. We are not a competing band, but find other opportunities to play. We give concerts in and around the Glasgow area and are invited to all sorts of venues and events.’

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www.lichfieldconcertband.co.uk

'The Band has a special relationship with the City of Lichfield and plays for civic events, including the Sheriff's Ride, twinning and other public ceremonies. Several concerts are given in the Guildhall each year and the band also plays at the annual "Proms in Beacon Park". Invitations are frequently received to play in other venues around the West Midlands ...'

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www.swanseaconcertband.co.uk

‘Founded in 1968 ... as the West Cross & Mumbles Military Band. By 1970, the band had become the Mumbles Concert Band, and played under that title until March 1984 when, with the permission of the City Council, it changed its name to reflect the area it covers, namely the City of Swansea ... The band is available for hire at any occasion, and can alter numbers of players and music to suit taste. We give regular performances in the local community, and have also performed throughout Wales and parts of England ... We offer a warm welcome to new players of wind or percussion instruments. The band demands a certain instrumental skill of its players, but we try to be as inclusive as possible. We have a wide range of instruments for loan, and an extensive music library.’

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www.cotwo.org.uk

'We play a wide repertoire of music, including contemporary wind orchestra pieces, film scores, jazz and classical rearrangements ... We are a truly community-based orchestra, with people of all ages participating from across the county. We regularly perform at local venues across Cornwall, including Truro Cathedral, Falmouth Methodist Church, Padstow Harbour and St. Michael's Mount, amongst others.'

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clevelandconcertband.bravehost.com

'This Windband is made up of people from all walks of life and age groups. Our youngest player was just 9yrs old when they started and our oldest is into their 80's. Every member of our band is willing to help others to improve in their ability to play good entertaining music. You don't need to have a music grade to play in this band. That's what makes this band stand out from others, no matter what the age or ability, the Cleveland Concert Band are a happy bunch of friendly musicians to be associated with and enjoy what we do ...'

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www.clitheroetownband.co.uk

'We are a Wind Concert Band with approximately 35 regular members of varying talents and all enjoy performing to the local community and beyond ... If you would like a challenge and enjoy all types of music then please do not hesitate to contact us or come along for a chat at one of our rehearsal nights.'

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www.collinghamband.co.uk

‘A friendly community wind band of woodwind and brass players. Our members are from all points on the age range spectrum from school students to retired adults. Collingham Band performs at local events in the Wetherby area throughout the year, raising money for charities ... If you can play a wind or brass instrument to the standard of Grade 1+ to Grade 3 and would like to join a band, Collingham Training Band will give you plenty of enjoyable experience. We play wind band arrangements of popular tunes from films and shows, together with folk tunes - all music that you know and love! There is no minimum age to join Collingham Training Band - and no maximum age either!’

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Also indexedCollingham Training Band
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www.cmcband.co.uk

'A concert band is a wind band made up of flutes, piccolos, oboes, clarinets (including bass), saxophones (alto, tenor and baritone), bassoons, French horns, trumpets and cornets, trombones (tenor and bass), euphoniums, basses, drums and percussion. CMCB uses a wide range of percussion, including timpani and tubular bells ... The Band plays an exciting range of music from rock to jazz, classical to military and dance to show music. With a music library of about 300 pieces, there is something for every occasion. The band has also had four works of music specifically written for them ...'

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cwecb.co.uk

'Formed in 1982 and until April 2011 were known as Crewe West End Concert Band. We have a wide and varied repertoire from classical to big band, stage and screen and popular hits.'

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www.crumpsallconcertband.co.uk

‘The Band was formed in 1992 ... We concentrate on serving the local community with a calendar of concert performances, playing at nursing homes, garden fetes, churches and most of North Manchester’s parks.'

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www.dacapoconcertband.co.uk

‘Formed in November, 1997, for adult musicians in the North London and Hertfordshire area. Da Capo Concert Band was established with the principal objective of providing amateur adult woodwind, brass, and percussion players with a friendly, dynamic and challenging environment in which to play. This is where the name of the band derives: Da Capo - from the beginning ... The Band performs a varied repertoire for wind band ... In addition, Da Capo Concert Band sets itself to explore classic and contemporary symphonic band works with a view to entertaining and challenging its players, and for the audience's delight.‘

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dartfordconcertband.co.uk

‘Formed in 1979 with the aim of allowing musicians of all ages to come together to make music. From an initial attendance of 10 people the band has grown to a regular membership of around 35. We still maintain the aim of allowing people to have fun making music and welcome brass and woodwind players to join us at our rehearsals ... We perform concerts at a number of venues.’

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dunbartonshireconcertband.co.uk

'A community wind orchestra ... The Band was formed in 1973 and performs throughout Central Scotland and beyond, with occasional overseas tours. We have a regular calendar of concerts which includes indoor and outdoor events, charity concerts and festivals, with a varied repertoire ranging from classical to contemporary to film and popular music.'

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www.dunedinwindband.org

‘Formed from an idea in May 2006 between 11 players, with the idea of creating a relaxed, fun, friendly band for wind players of all ages and abilities ... From small beginnings the band has grown to approximately 45 playing members, playing several concerts and festivals every year in addition to our popular “Play away” rehearsal days. As a community windband, we have also supported several local charities with fundraising concerts.’

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dunmowwindband.weebly.com

‘Based in Great Dunmow. We play a variety of music from show, film, classical, modern and traditional ... Consists of Brass, Woodwind, Lead Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboard and Drums and our musicians are all ages and musical abilities. We are a fun relaxed concert band who enjoy playing a wide range of music and all new members are welcome so feel free to come along to a rehearsal to see what we are all about.’

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www.dunstabletownband.co.uk

'Was created in 2005 from the Vauxhall Concert Band with the same players and Musical Directors ... The Band now gives various concerts, particularly in the summer ... We are a mixed wind band with woodwind, brass, saxophone and percussion.'

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www.eastbedsconcertband.org.uk

'Community wind band for all ages. We rehearse once a week during school term times, with three concerts a year in different locations. It seeks to provide players, particularly younger musicians, the chance to play together as a group and therefore to progress in their ability to play music alongside more experienced players (young and old) ... The band plays all types of music ... The challenge for the players is to learn new tunes from all genres for each concert, so you will always have a reason to practice.'

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www.egcb.co.uk

‘This Band was founded in 1974 from the original Town Band ... We also play under the banner of the Bluebell Railway Band, performing at Horsted Keynes and Sheffield Park Railway Stations including various special events such as the Seaside and Steam Weekends and the annual Carol Service ... There is no formal audition, but prospective players are required to be able to play to a reasonable standard (roughly Grade 5 or above) and make a regular commitment to the Band's concerts and events.‘

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Also indexedBluebell Railway Band
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www.eastlancsconcertband.org

'The Band’s archives include well documented history taking us back to 1842 when, funded by public subscription, the “Accrington Old Band” was formed. There were a total of 24 instruments, including such long forgotten items as Ophicleides and Serpents ... The military tradition lives on in a small way, with one or two members (and regular guest players) having been musicians in the armed forces. Several players - Euphonium, Clarinet, Saxophone, Flute and Cornet/Trumpet - perform as soloists, some whenever possible! All the members play in at least one other wind band and a few also play in local brass or silver bands. This adds to the wealth of practical experience and variety of musical styles to draw upon.‘

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www.edinburghconcertband.net

‘Founded in 1988 with the aim of providing an opportunity for community musicians, school leavers and the student population to come together to make music. While the band consistently performs to a high level, the ethos is focused on being inclusive and welcoming. Today ECB is a true community band, with over 60 members aged 18 upwards and from all walks of life, performing and enjoying a wide range of music across the concert band repertoire. The Band undertakes a number of varied engagements each season, with a strong commitment to community and charity events.’

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www.emsworthconcertband.com

‘A community wind band encouraging local musicians to stretch their potential by playing a challenging and entertaining repertoire. At Emsworth Concert Band we believe that music making has to be enjoyable ... We always welcome enquiries from musicians for all sections of the Band ... We would normally expect musicians to be of Grade 6 standard or above. If you do not have this as a formal qualification we normally take in to consideration general musical ability, age and experience.’

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www.exmouthtownconcertband.org.uk

‘A military style wind band based in East Devon. Since its inception ... has been delighting audiences in Exmouth and beyond with their mix of marches, show tunes and modern arrangements of popular classics. The band prides itself on being entirely voluntary with members neither paying nor being paid to play. The band perform regularly in the local area at their annual formal concerts as well as a variety of more informal performances including free weekly concerts throughout the summer in Exmouth’s Pavilion Gardens and a number of events for local charities such as Exmouth RNLI’s annual Sea Sunday Service.’

Visits to the Website110
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www.eynsfordconcertband.co.uk

'Attracting players from all over the South East of England, the band nonetheless retains a core of long-standing members. The band is firmly rooted in its community and every year raises substantial amounts for local charities ... Amongst tough completion, we were proud to have been the first UK band to enter the European Championship for Wind Orchestras [2016] ... We are very proud of our achievement, to have pushed ourselves well beyond our comfort zone and to be the first band to represent the UK in Europe.'

Visits to the Website64
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www.farnboroughconcertband.org

'Formed in 1987 and consists of over 50 enthusiastic musicians who enjoying performing and entertaining. The band performs at a wide variety of engagements throughout the year including traditional bandstands, concerts, charity events, remembrance parades, mess dinners and visits abroad.'

Visits to the Website77
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www.fermanaghconcertband.org

‘We are a group of musicians from the beautiful Lakelands of Fermanagh. The county is rich with all varieties of music but we are the only concert band in the region. Fermanagh Concert Band comprises of musicians of all ages, with a range of music to suit any occasion.‘

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www.gwb.org.uk

‘The Glasgow Wind Band (originally called The Glasgow Youth Band) was formed in 1972 to provide an opportunity for senior school pupils, students and adult members of the public to participate in a symphonic wind band of the very highest calibre. Even today, this is still the band’s mission statement. The current membership numbers some 60 or so instrumentalists from varied backgrounds and professions. The members of the band range in age from 16 to mid-40s, with the large majority in their 20s.‘

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www.charterband.org.uk

Charter Band was founded in 1983 and was named for the celebration in that year of the 500th anniversary of the granting of the City of Gloucester's Royal Charter by Richard III ... We're always looking for new players. We value commitment and enthusiasm over musical qualifications and warmly welcome players of all standards and backgrounds.‘

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www.goringandstreatleyconcertband.co.uk

‘The Band started life as a Brass Band in Goring before the 1st World War ... and played on until 1939, still as a Brass Band, but when war was imminent it proved impossible to carry on. In 1977 the Committee organising the Queen's Silver Jubilee celebrations in our twin villages suddenly realised that we had no local band to brighten things up. With much spade-work by people keen to see the band reform, and with encouragement and support from many others, the Band eventually reformed as a Concert Band, i.e. accepting woodwind players as well as brass ... We now also have a second band, known as the Starter Band but made up of a wide variety of players, from beginners to excellent and experienced musicians of all ages. The two bands play for concerts and other engagements throughout the year, sometimes separately and sometimes together, which is a spectacular experience involving more than 100 musicians.’

Visits to the Website11
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www.gravesendband.co.uk

'A concert band composed of around 30 friendly amateur players, with a wide range of ages. The band has existed for over 135 years, and we feel proud to have this history behind us ... During the course of a year we play concerts both locally, and on bandstands in and around Kent and Sussex. We vary our programme from one concert to the next and our repertoire includes selections and themes from shows and films, popular light music, and marches.'

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www.greenwichconcertband.co.uk

‘Formed in 1988 with musicians who originally formed the Greenwich Youth Band, but wanted to extend their repertoire with more advanced music ... Regarded as one of South London’s foremost amateur concert bands attracting experienced and talented musicians from the surrounding areas. Many of Greenwich Concert Band's members are, or have been, professional musicians and tutors with a number coming from the senior military bands ... Our repertoire covers music from “stage and screen” to light classics and traditional pieces and, with a number of “big band” musicians on board, the band excels in performing “40s swing” and popular standards. We perform concerts at a variety of venues throughout the South East which include concert halls, yacht/golf clubs, churches, “marquee” events, bandstands and summer festivals ~ as well as carrying out fundraising activities for charities and other organisations.’

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www.guardianconcertband.co.uk

'Originally all of the Guardian Concert Band players were people who worked at Guardian Royal Insurance in Lytham ... With the closure of Guardian Royal Insurance in Lytham the band were forced to relocate ... but have kept the name & its reputation ... The band comprises over 30 players ranging in age from teenagers to those who have had a lifetime’s experience playing all sorts of music from classical to big band to jazz. Our players travel from around the North West of England from as far afield as Garstang and Leyland.'

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www.harlowconcertband.co.uk

‘Formed as a band of young musicians in November 1969 ...The Concert Band has seen many changes over the years, which has enabled it to mature to its present standard. The current membership stands close to forty players. During the year the Band undertakes many engagements, the highlight of which is their Annual Grand Concert.'

Visits to the Website60
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harmonie.org.uk

'Established in 1976 (as the Basildon Concert Band), and now comprises about 50 musicians ... We are always keen to attract new players – brass, woodwind and percussion – and all are assured of a warm welcome. Auditions are not required; new members are encouraged to just come along and sit in at rehearsals.'

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www.harrowconcertband.org.uk

‘The Band is open to players of all abilities and we aim to deliver a high standard of performance. There are no musical grade requirements or auditions, although some previous ensemble experience would be an advantage. We aim to help all players improve their performace skills and we play a wide variety of music.’

Visits to the Website62
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heswallconcertband.co.uk

Formed in 1996 with five members and now has about two dozen. Typically, gives four or five concerts per annum.

Visits to the Website101
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www.huddersfieldwindband.org.uk

‘A symphonic wind orchestra with approximately 52 musicians ... The Wind band performs music from a wide range of genres including film, stage, and contemporary works for symphonic wind orchestra ... and are available for concert halls, churches, bandstands and private functions ... Please drop into one of our rehearsals, we would love to see you! Feel free to come along and have a listen and say hello. Or bring an instrument and give it a whirl!’

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www.hurworth-concert-band.co.uk

'Comprises brass, reed and percussion players from Darlington, Durham, North Yorkshire and Teesside. We aim to provide an opportunity for people from all walks of life to pursue their musical interests and develop their instrumental skills as well as providing a musical resource for the local community. New players of all standards are always welcome so if you play an instrument come and join us ...'

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www.inverurieconcertband.co.uk

‘YOUR local community band and welcomes woodwind, brass and percussion players of all ages and standards (You need to be at least grade 3/4 and above) ... The band repertoire provides a wide range of music from classical to contemporary, suites to film themes. We perform several concerts each year.’

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www.ipswichcommunitywindband.org.uk

‘Band membership is open to all adult members of the local community who are suitably proficient (grade 4 and above) and are willing to pay an annual subscription. We play all types of wind band music, including original wind band scores and arrangements by our musical director or other musicians. This includes popular classics, show songs, and marches. We perform on request at local summer fetes, fairs and bandstands as well as formal concerts.’

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www.iomwo.com

'A community group of woodwind, brass & percussion players on the Isle of Man (in the Irish Sea between the north of England and Ireland) ... Formed in 1997 ...  it has gone from strength to strength over the years, gaining members and a couple of Gold and Silver awards over the years! We're glad to be here :-)'

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www.jfconcertband.com

‘We are a community band working in the community for the community. Our mission is to promote music making for the enjoyment of all, and at the same time provide a platform for amateur and student players. The band consists of about 35 instrumentalists - woodwind, brass and percussion. All members bring their own talents to help achieve our objectives ... Our repertoire includes film and show, light classical, popular music and marches ... We are always pleased to receive enquiries to play at events within a reasonable distance of Leeds, but please note that we are a concert band, not a marching band or dance band.’

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www.kems.org.uk

‘We’re a music society comprising three sections: a large mixed-voice Choir, an Orchestra and a Concert Band. Our friendly members, who cover a wide age range, have one thing in common: we take making music very seriously, always striving for the best possible performances.’

Visits to the Website63
Also indexedKing Edward Musical Society of Macclesfield
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kendalconcertband.com

Kendal Concert Band performs a variety of Wind Orchestra music, ranging from classical to modern popular repertoire and symphonic film scores ... We rehearse weekly to prepare for 8 concerts a year plus smaller ensemble group performances and Big Band outings. INSTRUMENTATION – Piccolo, Flutes, Clarinets, Oboes, Bassoons, Alto Saxophones, Tenor Saxophones, Baritone Saxophones, French Horns, Trumpets, Cornets, Trombones, Euphonium, Tubas, Drums, Timpani, Tuned Percussion and Bass Guitar.’

Visits to the Website139
Also indexedKendal Big Band
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kewwindorchestra.org.uk

'Formed in 1984, it is renowned for its popular and challenging repertoire of jazz, classical and symphonic music. In recent years, the band is proud to have won a succession of platinum awards at the National Concert Band Festival finals and performed with some of the UK's leading musicians. It has played in top concert venues around the country ... The orchestra has also been honoured to commission and perform world premieres of works by acclaimed composers ...'

Visits to the Website80
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www.kingalfredconcertband.co.uk

‘A well-established concert band based in Somerset ... founded in 1981 ... The King Alfred Concert Band is always proud to show off the stylistic and musical talents of its members. It hosts a wide range and variety of music, from classical overtures to popular songs and well-known classics. The band plays at least two formal concerts every year, one at Christmas and another in the spring. They also play at many local events, fundraisers, fetes, and for local organisations ... New members to the band are always welcome.’

Visits to the Website12
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llcb.co.uk

'Established in the summer of 2008, we are a concert band - a wind orchestra - consisting of woodwind brass and percussion. The Band has members from Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire. We welcome brass players, woodwind players and percussionists ...'

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lewishamconcertband.com

Founded in 1967, Lewisham Concert Band is one of London’s top community wind bands, comprising both professional and high-standard amateur musicians ... There is no formal audition: players should be at least grade 8 standard and will be invited to attend rehearsals for a minimum of three weeks before a permanent place is considered.‘

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lfrconcertband.co.uk

‘This band was formed during 2009 by the integration of the well established “Lincolnshire Concert Band” with Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue ... Many Fire and Rescue units are associated with band music, and in particular parts of the country the association would be with brass or silver bands. Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue for many years was indeed associated with a brass band, until that band ceased to exist – and the concept of the well established Lincolnshire Concert Band becoming associated with Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue was born. The band recognises that it is now the public representation of Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue, and although band members are volunteers from all walks of life, they wear the uniform – which is provided by Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue – with a great deal of pride.’

Visits to the Website10
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www.littlehampton-concertband.co.uk

'Community band based in Littlehampton and drawing on players from the town and the surrounding area. The band is well-known for making music fun and consequently is popular with loyal audiences at its own concerts and in demand to play at many events in and around West Sussex.'

Visits to the Website104
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www.londonconsortsofwinds.org.uk

’The London Consorts of Winds are a group of about 30 amateur brass and woodwind players based in South London playing in three separate ensembles – the Ancient and Modern, Classical and Clarinet Consorts. We play a wide range of repertoire – from arrangements of early music, through to cutting edge contemporary compositions. We rehearse approximately monthly in South London, and we aim to perform across London five or six times a year.’

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www.lgsw.org.uk

‘We are an LGBT wind orchestra of around 40 woodwind, brass and percussion players based in central London. Our players come from a mix of backgrounds and playing abilities, from professional musicians, to people rediscovering an instrument they played at school. And of course, everything in between. Our musical aim is to be both fun and challenging. We want to encourage improving musicianship in an enjoyable and supporting environment. We play a wide variety of music to suit our diversity, including band classics, orchestral arrangements, show tunes and of course, the odd bit of Abba and Madonna.’

Visits to the Website15
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