Aylesbury Concert Band

  |  Published: Sep 10th 2015
photograph courtesy of www.rapps.co.uk
Photograph courtesy of www.rapps.co.uk

The Band was originally formed in 1994 as the Aylesbury Town Band, and was reconstituted in 1996 as Aylesbury Community Concert Band. It attained charitable status in 1997, and in 2009 the name was shortened to Aylesbury Concert Band. The Band’s first conductor and musical director was Alan Mossford, retired Director of Music for the RAF Central Band, who continued in this role until 2006 when he reverted to playing the Euphonium in the band until the current day. When Alan stepped down as Musical Director for the Aylesbury band, we were fortunate to obtain the services of Duncan Stubbs in the role of Musical Director. Duncan has been responsible for coaching a number of civilian bands and although he was forced to relinquish his role as Director of Music for the Aylesbury band in 2009 due to his promotion to Principal Director of Music for the RAF, he continues to conduct the Aylesbury Concert Band at development days. Our current conductor and director of music is Rob Wicks who served as a deputy conductor for many years and started in the band as a clarinet player. Rob’s knowledge of the band and wide experience as director of music for a variety of musical forms means he is well suited to his current role in the Aylesbury Concert Band.     

Since its formation the Band has given concerts and has played at carnivals, school fetes, church services and civic occasions, both in the town of Aylesbury and in the surrounding area. In 1998 the Band toured the Moselle region of Germany, giving public performances in the spa town of Bad Bertrich, and at the Piesport Wine festival. Since 1998 we've been to Belgium, the USA, and Germany again.

The Band has entered the National Concert Band Festival a number of times and has won several awards. Most recently the Band achieved a Gold award in November 2012 followed by Silver in the National Final in Birmingham in April 2013.

We currently have 43 active members with an age range from teenage to retired.

The Band is a wind band, which comprises woodwind instruments (flutes, oboes, clarinets, bassoons), saxophones, brass (horns, trumpets, trombones, euphoniums, tubas) and percussion. The Band rehearses every Wednesday at the Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School.

The Band’s next concert is on Saturday October 3rd at the Holy Trinity Church on Walton Street. The programme will include a selection of pieces commemorating the end of World War Two including Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, classic film pieces, Star Wars Saga, Back to the Future and Themes from James Bond and coming to a crescendo with the the traditional “Last Night of the Proms” finale. So you are invited to bring your union flags and anything else you would like to wave. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. and refreshments will be available during the interval. Tickets are priced at £8.00 for adults, £6.50 for concessions and £20 for a family (up to two adults and two children). Tickets are available from the Aylesbury Visitor Centre, phone 01296 330559 or on the door. The best place to park for the concert is the Walton Street car park, a multi-storey car park, almost opposite the church.

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