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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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'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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‘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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‘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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‘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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'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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‘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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'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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'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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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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'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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‘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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'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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‘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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'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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'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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‘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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‘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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‘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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‘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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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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'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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‘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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'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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‘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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‘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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'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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'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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‘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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'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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‘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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‘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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‘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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‘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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‘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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‘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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‘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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'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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‘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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'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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'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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'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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'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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‘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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'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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'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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‘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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'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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‘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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'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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'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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'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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‘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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‘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.’

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'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.'

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'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.'

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‘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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‘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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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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'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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'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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‘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.'

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'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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‘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.’

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

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‘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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'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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'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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‘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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‘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.’

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Also indexedKing Edward Musical Society of Macclesfield
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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.’

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'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 ...'

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'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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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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'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.'

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‘We are a non competing local wind band. We play at community, civic and fund raising events in and around South Shropshire.’

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Wind Band 'The band has a wide ranging repertoire of music including popular melodies and jazz as well as marches, hymns and classical works. Hear us in Lymington and the surrounding area, at various venues ...'

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'LCB was formed in the 1980’s from what remained of a struggling Warrington Concert Band. It was decided to relocate rehearsals to Lymm in 1992 with the possibility of attracting players from the Altrincham, Bowdon, Hale and Timperley areas. Within twelve months new members were joining from these areas. Some of the older members of the WCB left to join bands or orchestras in Warrington ... The Band enjoys an excellent reputation and regularly excites and enthralls audiences around the North West.' ALERT Website not accessible at Review.

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'The aim of Maghull Wind Orchestra is to provide a high quality enjoyable musical experience for all woodwind, brass and percussion musicians within the community regardless of age, ability or standard with professional level directorship and without audition or fee.'

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'Malmesbury Concert Band, once known as Malmesbury Town Band, has been an integral part of Malmesbury for more than 150 years ... We are a concert wind band with approximately 35 members ... We have several engagements during the year including at Bandstands in municipal parks and Concerts. Subject to vacancies, we are happy to welcome new members who play appropriate brass and woodwind, and occasionally percussion, instruments - particularly those who are confident sight-readers and of a reasonable playing standard.'

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Formed in 1998: 'We are open to all ages and abilities, although a reasonable standard of playing would be needed. The band has traditional concert band instrumentation – a woodwind section currently consisting of flutes, Bb clarinets, bass clarinet and saxophones – alto, tenor and baritone; and a brass section consisting of trumpets/cornets and baritone/euphonium.'

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'Founded in 1983 ... We offer a varied repertoire of music, from the traditional wind band pieces through to more modern pieces and music from stage and screen ... The band performs at local fêtes, festivals and carnivals throughout the summer ... The Community Training Band is a dedicated training band, open to beginners of all ages, including those wishing to gain confidence in playing as a group ... The Community Band helps players to gain as much musical experience as possible and strives to include a special section for them to perform in the concert programmes. Progression to the main Concert Band is encouraged but not compulsory and players from the main band who find they are struggling can always opt for a "refresher" in the training band. A few of our Concert Band members come to the Community Band sessions for the opportunity to gain more experience on their second instruments.'

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‘A self-financing amateur group that rehearses and gives several concerts each year in the London Borough of Redbridge and its environs. The orchestra was established in 1996 and currently numbers around 60 players of all ages and from all walks of life, who come together each week to make music in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Our aim is to deliver concerts of a high musical standard but to have fun and enjoy our music-making along the way. The orchestra's repertoire is varied, with something to suit most musical tastes, including arrangements of well-known classical, popular pieces and music from stage and screen, as well as works composed especially for the wind band medium.‘

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'We have over 50 members of varying standards, several of whom are professionals/diploma graduates. Over 40 regularly attend rehearsals on Tuesday evenings. Your age is immaterial; we have members who are still at school, right through to those who have retired. We are a friendly group of musicians and whilst taking our music seriously, the emphasis is very much on FUN! ... We have regular concerts booked throughout the year; playing at inside and outside venues (weather permitting)!'

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'Formed in 1986 ... The aim of the group is to enjoy playing music together and to further the musical experience of all age groups and improve musical standards in the common bond of musical performance ... The band has around 40 regular players ... We perform in many different venues throughout the region.'

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'The Band is believed to have been formed by Lady Lambton from workers on the Lambton estate near Chester-le-Street well over 100 years ago. Earliest existing records referred to the registration of the Band as a Workmen's Club in 1893 under its old name The New Herrington Military Band. The word "military" refers to the combination of instruments, being woodwind and brass. This was and still is a unique combination to the North East, an area dominated by Brass Bands ...'

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‘The Band was formed in 1919 by a group of ex-servicemen who wished to continue their musical interests in civilian life. The band was originally called the Northampton Military Band. In 1976 the name was changed to the Northampton Concert Band to reflect the increase in membership of younger musicians and the wider repertoire of music played.‘

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‘The Band was formed in 1999 and currently has 35+ members. Based in Worthing, the band comprises local wind, brass and percussion players. The band performs a varied repotoire including light classical, marches, show tunes and big band jazz.’

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‘A friendly, enthusiastic and progressive wind ensemble which performs as a concert band and marching band. Its members are drawn from serving and former serving members of the Armed Forces and civilians from the unit and local area. The repertoire is common to most concert bands and includes popular classics, overtures, film music, selections from West End shows, military marches and contemporary works. It is constantly refreshed with new and challenging pieces.’

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NoteAbility Concert Band is a band that consists of woodwind and brass players, and rehearse so that we can entertain audiences with popular music in and around the Bradford area. We have players who have been playing for about a year to the experienced who have been playing for many years. Our rehearsals are friendly and enjoyable ... The Band play many concerts throughout the year, mainly during Christmas, Summer and maybe a competition in spring. During December time we play Christmas concerts in churches and nursing homes. During the summer we play at bandstands, parks, galas and fairs.’

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'Part of the musical landscape of the East Midlands since 1991 ... Over the last few years, Nottingham Concert Band has pioneered the Playday concept, which has proved to be an effective and popular contrast to weekly rehearsals, formal evening concerts and outdoor events. Several months in the planning, each Playday provides the opportunity for band members and invited guests to gather for a full day of intensive rehearsing to work on challenging additions to the repertoire.'

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‘Comprises two groups, the Nottingham Symphonic Wind Orchestra (NSWO) and Nottingham Wind Ensemble (NWE), with over a hundred musicians and volunteers involved. At the heart of every performance is the desire to make music of the highest quality, whilst supporting local and charitiies ... Since the group’s formation over 500 musicians have enjoyed the opportunity to play in a friendly and encouraging environment.‘

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‘A large wind orchestra with players from Leeds and the surrounding area ... We play a rich variety of music from film scores and musical theatre, to swing and popular classics, and perform throughout the year for local concert seasons, fundraising events and private engagements.’

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'Aims to provide exciting, energetic and flexible wind ensembles for musical events. We are continually seeking to build an expanding enthusiastic membership and audiences for a viable and sustainable future. We aim to embrace diversity in musical taste, thereby appealing to the wider needs of the whole community. The Band is not a marching band and welcomes musicians who are differently abled.'

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Restormel Concert Band was founded in 1979. The intention was to provide a platform for the many talented woodwind players in Cornwall that had no opportunity to play in any form of ensemble. Originally known as St Austell Concert Band the name was soon changed due to confusion with the already established St Austell Brass Band ... It is a true community band consisting of adults and students, amateur, semi-professional and professional musicians ... RCB plays 15 concerts per calendar year all over Cornwall and as well as aspiring to be the leading concert band musically in the South West it raises thousands of pounds for charity each year. The repetoire includes classical wind band music, selections from shows, film music as well as the latest easy listening pop.’

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‘Community band for all. Emphasis on fun. Come and join the party! ... Who can join the band? * Anyone with a suitable instrument (brass, woodwind or percussion) and musicianship; * Anyone with musicianship but no instrument, providing an instrument is available from the band's stock; * Complete novices - providing an instrument is available and there is a willingness to commit to tuition and personal practice.’

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'Aims to provide musicians of all ages and abilities the opportunity to play in a band. Woodwind, Brass and Percussion players are all welcome. No audition is required. We specifically wish to encourage lapsed musicians to start playing again. Conversely we wish to support the development of players with no or minimal experience of playing in an ensemble.'

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‘A symphonic wind ensemble created and directed by Ruth Ballantyne based in Saltash ... The ensemble is encouraged to improve and develop. RWindband encourages members to promote the strengths of individuals in their section and all players should be prepared to support fellow members. The ethos of the band is that of a team ensemble with band members encouraged to offer a high level of commitment.’

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