Aldbourne Band is a long established Brass Band based in Aldbourne, originally formed in 1860 by the church organist.
The Band’s aim is to provide consistently high standards of music performances on both the concert and contest platform.
The Band presents on average 14 concerts each year along with 4 contests which are essential in maintaining and testing the playing standards. Many of the concerts are now long established events, and these include our summer season of open air concerts by the pond in Aldbourne.
The “Pond Concerts” take place on the first Sunday of June, July, August and September in the evening apart from August, where since 2005 a Proms concert has entertained approximately 1000 people on the village green.
Close ties to the village are maintained, with many of the members living in the village, and Band performances at local events including Carnival, fetes, carol concerts, Remembrance Sunday, and often at private weddings, parties and celebrations.
Each Christmas morning, starting at 4:00am, the Band has the honour of waking the village by playing carols. They tour each road around the village, often joined by supporters who help them to remember certain carols requested to be played outside particular people’s houses!
The event finishes at 6:30am, playing carols from the roof of the church tower before the bandsmen go home for some much needed sleep prior to the day’s real festivities. This tradition, like many in the village of Aldbourne, has been a long-standing engagement – since about the turn of the century – and it never fails to surprise and delight new families moving to live in the village.
The Band’s competing history goes back before the first World War and during the 1920’s and 30’s achieved great acclaim performing at the Crystal Palace in London.
In 1981 the Band won the West of England Championships and competed at the National Finals at the Royal Albert Hall as well as representing the area on BBC2’s “Best of Brass”.
The Band for the last few years has maintained its standard as one of the top five Bands in the West of England and competes as far afield as Blackpool as part of the “British Open Spring Festival”.
The Band is financially self supporting with its income coming from player subscriptions and concerts. They’re open to offers of sponsorship from companies who would be interested in either globally sponsoring the Band, or even sponsoring individual engagements.
Friends of Aldbourne Band was formed recently to help support the Band, please see here for more details.
Looking to the future the Aldbourne Band hopes to maintain its prowess as a contesting Band; to continue to provide entertaining music for the diverse range of public performances; to encourage the teaching of music and to simply enjoy the strong spirit that exists in the Brass Band World.
As part of this process the Band has now established a Training Band, to encourage more youngsters to take up playing brass. Please see this page for more details.
If you require more information on the Band please do not hesitate to get in touch via this link, or see the contact details below.
For more news, or details about their programme, history and band members please visit their website, see link below.
James Sheppard (Chairman)
Telephone: 01672 516888
Mobile: 07771 541057
Deborah Sheppard (Publicity)
Telephone: 01672 516888
Rachael Barnes-Chalk (Secretary)
Telephone: 01672 540952
Mobile: 07979 642337