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Wind band blows strong

Posted on May 31 2005 at 12:24:53

Band members

Blackwell Wind Band was formed in 1998 when Blackwell Brass Band dissolved due to a shortage of players and woodwind was allowed into the band. Since then we have grown to 25 members, writes Kevin Pearson.

The band is a mix of experienced and less experienced players who are keen and eager to learn. As a genuine community band we welcome all ages and abilities.

The band has a wide range of instruments – flutes, clarinets, saxophones, and three bassoon players. We also have a selection of brass instruments.

Due to the band growing, we moved out of our long-time home, the Methodist Church Hall in Blackwell, last year. We now rehearse at The Methodist Church Hall in Catshill on Thursdays from 7.45 to 9.15pm.

We play a wide range of music, catering for many tastes. We have in our repertoire marches, jazz, calypso, blues, rock, film scores and more.

We play at about 12 events each year – this year we will play at Evesham Steam Fair, Castle Bromwich Hall gardens, Burcot Fete, and the Bristol Balloon Festival, which is a huge event of national standing.

If you think you might enjoy playing with the band, come along on a Thursday night, bring your instrument and join in – the first night is free. Enjoyment and fun is the main aim of the band.

The CBSO we will never be, but we are happy to be a group of keen amateurs, enjoying doing what we do and entertaining people.

We are desperate for percussion players, and any player of any wind instrument is welcome to come along. For more info call Kevin on 07776 170827 or Roy (musical director) on 01527 876844.

Above: Debbie Warren, Jo Palmer, Roy Burton, Gill Calder and Kevin Pearson. 

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