Welcome to Winslow Concert Band
If you walk past Winslow Public Hall on a Thursday evening, it’s hard to miss Winslow Concert Band. 40-50 people enthusiastically rehearsing anything from Strauss to Michael Jackson is certainly a memorable sound! In between the music you’ll hear laughter, chatter and the clink of teaspoons: the teabreak is a vital part of rehearsals.
The Winslow Concert Band is a true community band, welcoming musicians of all ages and standards. It is made up of a very friendly group of players, and less experienced musicians get plenty of encouragement from more experienced members and from musical director Paul How. Members agree that their playing, especially their sight-reading, has improved since they joined, and the overall standard of the Band continues to progress.
In the past year the Winslow Concert Band has achieved some notable performances. In June the Band were on stage at the Armed Forces Day in Aylesbury during the dramatic RAF flying display. Aircraft included the iconic Battle of Britain Spitfire and Hurricane, accompanied by the Band’s spirited rendering of The Dambuster’s March.
Winslow Concert Band also played at the annual Waddesdon Manor ‘MAD’ festivities. The Band featured their Big Band Specials, including Glen Miller arrangements, with one Press reviewer describing the performance as “Pretty amazing stuff….move over Jools Holland the Winslow Band have arrived!”.
Earlier in the year, the Band was invited to play at the Bledlow Manor charity Fete, the home of former Foreign Secretary Lord Carrington, coinciding with his 91st and producing an impromptu ‘Happy Birthday’ from the Band.
Charitable performances are an important part of the Winslow Concert Band’s activities, including the annual RSPCA fund raising event, generating almost £1000 in the year for the Thames Valley Chiltern Air Ambulance. Recently the Band chose to support Macmillan Nurses with donations totalling £677 over the Christmas period alone, from well attended public carol concerts.
The Band is always keen to hear from players of woodwind, brass or percussion instruments. We are particularly keen to recruit French horn and trumpet players. To enquire about joining or if you would like the Band to play at your event, call us on 0845 459 1994 or send an email.