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WBCB needs You!
We are always happy to welcome new members. If you play a woodwind or brass instrument then you've come to the right place! Our players range in age from under 10 to over 60 and in ability from beginners to semi-professional so please join us.
Joining couldn't be easier...there's no need to audition - just come along and play.

Training Band - is the ideal for people of Grade 1 - 4 standard,
and is ideal for younger players players or those who are building up their skills. Some people choose to play their second instrument in order to gain valuable performing experience. Previous band experience is not necessary as long as you can play your instrument and are keen to play.

Concert Band - is suited for people of Grade 4 & above standard,
It welcomes young and not so young players who are ready to play interesting and enjoyable music. Previous band experience is not necessary although many of our members also play in other musical groups. Don't worry if your playing's a bit rusty, we'll soon have you back to your best.

Although the band is very successful, we could particularly do with extra players in the following areas:

Trombone, French Horn.

If you play any of the above instruments you could be just who we're looking for!
Please get in touch even if you don't play one of these - new players on all instruments at any level are always welcome.

If you are learning to play then maybe you would benefit from playing in our Training Band. We play a wide range of music which will improve your knowledge of your instrument and your general musicianship.

If you are a more experienced player then maybe a seat in Concert Band is just what you need to boost your playing confidence, reading ability or just to keep playing.

Quotes

"My son loves Training band - it's the highlight of the week"

"Thank you for the Training Band workshop yesterday.My daughter Sophie enjoyed it so much she would like to attend the next two"

"Just a quick line to say how much all the family enjoyed Saturday night's concert. A good variety of music and styles - all well played - in an interesting venue. Made for a very pleasant evening out. Thanks to yourself and all those who helped organise it."
From a member of the public following concert given at the East Anglian Railway Museum.

"After looking after my young family all week, it's a welcome break, and nice to do something for me"

"It's a great way to start the weekend"

"It's nice to come somewhere where the music is ever-changing"

"The music is pitched to all levels - some pieces are challenging, but it's good to play straightforward pieces too"

"It's an inexpensive group for children to attend and they have fun and learn at the same time"
"It's really helpful to play in a band rather than just individual practise"

"It's great to find a band that will welcome people of all ages and abilities"

"Many of my friends are at band - old friends who I've brought along and new friends who I've met there"

"If you used to play an instrument when you were younger, it's a great opportunity to get playing again"

 

 

 
Membership

We rehearse in Heathlands Primary School, New Church Road, West Bergholt, Colchester, Essex, CO6 3JF every Friday during term time. The rehearsals are broken up into two groups - Training Band and Concert Band, both including woodwind, brass and percussion players of all ages. You can join either or both bands. A number of the band play in both groups, some taking the opportunity to pick up a second instrument in Training Band.

Email maps Application Form

Training Band: 6.00-7.00pm
Training Band focuses on music for players up to about Grade 4 standard. We don't actually offer any tuition, but instead select music that will help players to develop whilst not feeling too pressured. Although we start at 6pm, we do realise that band members may need to arrive slightly later. Training Band plays arrangements of popular songs, from Disney classics to Colonel Bogey, and from 60's hits to modern pop.

Concert Band: 7.00-9.00pm
Concert Band plays a wide range of music for players above Grade 4 standard. Some pieces are deliberately chosen to challenge all players while other more straightforward pieces provide some light relief! Our repertoire includes medleys from musicals, film themes, big band hits, classical pieces, and pieces featuring band sections. Selected band players are sometimes given the opportunity to shine in solo pieces. The rehearsal includes a short drinks break at about 8.00pm.

Fees
Subs are:
£8 a term for Training Band
£16 a term for Concert Band
If you play in both bands, you just pay the £16.


Rehearsal Dates
Both Bands rehearse on the same dates broadly following the term times as follows:

2017

Spring Term
First Rehearsal: 6th January
Open Rehearsal: 20th January
No Rehearsal: 17th February(Half Term)
Last Rehearsal of Term: 31st March

Summer Term
First Rehearsal: 21st April
Open Rehearsal: 5th May
No Rehearsal: 2nd June (Half Term)
Last Rehearsal of Term: 14th July

Autumn Term
First Rehearsal: 8th September
Open Rehearsal: 22nd September
No Rehearsal: 27th October (Half Term)
Last Rehearsal of Term: 15th December

 

(*) Dress Rehearsals held at Heathlands School
unless otherwise stated and will be a full concert run through with all concert performers.
No need for formal dress though!