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