We had great fun at our September band sessions! Everyone arrived with fantastic enthusiasm and we have been working hard while practicing the music for the Maidenhead Music Festival which takes place in October.
All of our groups will be performing at Norden Farm in the groups category. We perform at the festival as it gives us the opportunity to really work on a piece of music, we think about articulation, dynamics and trying to play and listen as a group. As well as having a great time and real giggle!
Lots of members who play with the beginners band have only been playing a few months and this will be their first public performance, in the reversals before hand we talk about the logistics of performing, where and how to stand etc.
In our September rehearsal we were very excited to welcome along our first brass instrument to our 25 member ensemble! A trombone player joined our band – we hope that lots of other brass players will follow!
We currently run four different groups that usually take place on the first Sunday of the month.
Beginner Wind Band
Our beginner wind band meet on the first Sunday of every month for half an hour. This new group will be for people who have just started to play an instrument or who have not played in a band before and are looking to play in a group. We will be playing music in simple time and key signatures for our players to gain confidence whilst playing in a group setting. This group includes the following instruments:
Our beginner woodwind group meet on the first Sunday of every month for half an hour. We play a large range of music, from Handel to Gershwin. We aim to make our sessions relaxed and informative and we also have a lot of fun. Our woodwind group play regularly in the local community. This group includes the following instruments:
Our beginner wind band get together once a month for an hour. Our 20 piece band play music from throughout the decades from film and TV music, Christmas carols to a rags by Joplin. We pay particular focus to listening and making our sounds blend as well as the fundamentals of playing music together. The band are regularly playing in the community from School fetes to Cookham Christmas Fayre. Our Windband took part in the Maidenhead Music festival and received a gold medal in 2014 for our performance of Badinerie by Bach. This group includes the following instruments:
Our saxophone group meet once a month for thirty minutes and we have a great giggle. We currently have around 15 members of the group from soprano to baritone saxophone. All our players have been playing under 4 years. We enjoy coming to together to work on sound projection and balance. This group includes the following instruments:
Its never to late to learn a musical instrument or to come along and join a band.