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The Brackley & District Band was formed in the mid 1970s when a group of young musicians finished their time at school, but still wanted to enjoy playing in a Brass Band. Soon after this our Junior Band was also started. For over 30 years it has been based in the Band Club in the centre of Brackley. Some players still remain from the early days. The Band has contested at all levels over the years and contesting was very much the focus. Presently, whilst still taking part in the annual Midlands Regional Contest in the Fourth Section, the primary aim of the Band is to put on enjoyable, innovative and engaging concerts for both our players and more importantly our audiences. The Band is available to hire for a variety of events; fetes, birthday parties, weddings, christenings, sporting events and more. Whilst we are always striving to attract new players, we are currently unable to offer a full brass band for hire. However, we are able to provide a reduced size brass ensemble which is often a more suitable option when considering space and financial requirements. We hope to be able to offer a full brass band as soon as possible. We'd love to hear from you if you'd like to discuss having us perform at your event. Please email brackleyband@gmail.com .

Whether you've just moved into the area, looking to get back into it, or just looking for a change, we are always on the look out for new brass and percussion instrumentalists.

We'd particularly like to hear from cornet, trombone and bass players.

Drop in and give us a try. We rehearse on Fridays, 19:45 - 21:45 at the Band Club (NN13 6DF). Please get in touch if you'd like to come for a blow or would like to join us.

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18 June 2022
Musical Director - applications by 30 June 2022
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Musical Director - applications by 30 June 2022
23 April 2022
CONCERT REPORT - 'Songs of Praise' Afternoon Concert - 27 March 2022

The 'Songs of Praise' concert, a joint venture between Brackley & District Band and St Peter’s Church, took place on Sunday 27 March 2022.  It was very much enjoyed and appreciated by nearly 100 attendees, and both groups benefitted from the event. 

 A splendid afternoon tea was provided by ladies from the church, whom we thank (you know who you are, ladies) and special thanks must go also to Beverly Bigmore who prepared all the artwork, printed the programmes and displayed the words to the hymns.

 The band combined a repertoire of instrumental offerings, all with a “song” theme of sorts, with nine very well-known and well-loved hymns, and those present raised the roof on more than one occasion during the afternoon, ending proceedings with the wonderful “Jerusalem”.

 Brackley & District Band are always grateful for the wonderful welcome that they get at St Peter’s.  It is a magnificent venue for a performance with tremendous acoustics.

The afternoon left those who attended wanting more and asking “when can we do this again?”  Hopefully, another joint event can be organised in due course; watch this space! We would also like to express our thanks to all those who attended.

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27 March 2022
CONTEST REPORT – Midlands Regional Contest – 6 March 2022

We were delighted to be awarded 7th place in our section (Fourth Section). We hope to continue to build upon this, attract more players and be in an even stronger position for next year.

If you are not familiar with the banding world, you might wonder how it is that Bands can compete.

Bands from across the region come together annually to compete at this contest because it will determine their position in the league tables for the forthcoming year. There are several leagues, much like in football, except that in Banding the positions are determined not over an entire season of games but by this is one performance, at one contest, on one day. A contest for which many hours of home practice and rehearsal time will have been spent in perfecting the performance of the chosen test-piece for that year. Each band plays the same piece and this is selected and announced a few months in advance of contest day.

It can be a very exciting and also a very nerve-racking experience for both conductors and players alike and everything depends on the opinions of the two adjudicators who determine the placings. They are situated within a small curtained area so that they cannot identify which band is playing and they listen to each performance before ranking the bands in the order in which they believe reflects how well the band played.

Not only did we come away with a very pleasing result but it was also a great day out and one of the first times, other than for a drink in the Band Club after practices, that we have been able to be out and have a bit of social time as a Band.

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CONTEST REPORT – Midlands Regional Contest – 6 March 2022
5 December 2021
Brass Bands England support Brass Bands across the country

 

Brass Bands England would like to invite you to support an exciting national campaign to ensure a safe and sustainable future for our band, and for brass bands across England.

Brass bands exist in every corner of the country, with over 30,000 people of all ages and standards taking part in weekly activity – rehearsing, performing and providing entertainment for their local community.

Without urgent support, we risk losing this forever.

Brass bands saw their main source of income disappear in an instant when they ceased being able to perform in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. And many are still struggling to survive. A significant loss in income, paired with necessary expenditure needed to make rehearsal spaces Covid-safe, means that many bands are in a perilous financial situation.

#BrassBandsAtChristmas showcases our country’s amazing brass band heritage whilst also raising funds to protect its future, something that is vital after the struggles that bands of all ages and abilities have and continue to face.

And what better time to celebrate brass bands than at Christmas? A period when bands traditionally go out "caroling" to spread festive cheer to our communities.

That’s why we’ve joined hundreds of bands across the country in fundraising for our future. Want to lend your support? Please visit Crowdfunder.co.uk/brackleybandxmas

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Brackley & District Band is proud to have Aries Accountants, a supplier of accountancy, tax advice and payroll services in Oxfordshire as our sponsor for the Solo Baritone seat. www.aries-accountants.co.uk
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Seat Sponsorship
We offer a sponsorship scheme which gives you the opportunity to support the band by sponsoring a particular seat in the band. For example, you might like to sponsor the seat of a friend or relative, or as a business support a member of staff. We are delighted to have Aries Accountants Limited as sponsors of the Solo Baritone.
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