Whatever instrument you play (so long as it’s brass or percussion!), you’ll be most welcome at the Blewbury & District Brass Band. A friendly bunch of people, we have players of all ages (from young to “older”) and of all standards.
Our Main Band welcomes players from approximately Grade 4 or 5 upwards. New players are most welcome to attend three Main Band rehearsals, after which the Section Leader and Musical Director will confer and decide whether to offer a permanent seat in the band.
We also have a Beginner Band for new players (of any age!) who have mastered the basics of playing a brass instrument, and a Learner Band for players (also of any age!) up to about Grade 4 or 5 (when they will be invited to join our Main Band). Don’t worry if you don’t have your own instrument, we can provide you with one.
In addition, we offer private music lessons for anybody who is just starting to play or who wants to improve their technique (eg to join our Main Band in due course). Private lessons are given in our band hut by Ian Barlow (a professional musician and Musical Director of our Main Band), at the extremely competitive rate of £16 per 30 minute lesson. Click here for more details.
Band subscriptions are £40 per annum plus £40 if you use an band instrument, or half these amounts (ie £20 subs plus £20 instrument rental) if you are in fulltime education, unemployed, or retired.
To ensure that money is never a barrier to playing with the band, we offer Band Bursaries for adults and children to cover 100% of annual band subscriptions and instrument rental. We invite you to email the Band Treasurer (firstname.lastname@example.org) in confidence for more details.
Whether you already play, used to play and would like to start again, or have never played but want to start, come and join us. For more details, explore our website a bit more or click here to contact the Band Secretary.
If you are a serving member of the British Armed Forces, click here to read about our support of the “Heroes Welcome” initiative.