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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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23 July 2022
The Midcounties Co-operative Community Fund Grant

We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded £2,000 to fund the refurbishment of as many of our stock of instruments as possible to ensure that they are in excellent condition for when you come along and give them a blow.

Yes, that's right. If you are a brass player but don't have access to an instrument then do get in touch. We have a large collection of instruments that are available to members of the band and we'd really like to attract some new faces to come and give them a go. Our collection includes cornets, trombones, baritone horns, flugel and basses. 

The work is planned to take place over the coming months and we'll update you as the work progresses.

 

 

 

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The Midcounties Co-operative Community Fund Grant
26 June 2022
CONCERT REPORT - Summer Concert - 26 June 2022

After the success of the 'Songs of Praise' concert a few months prior our 'Summer Concert' took the same format with audience members able to enjoy a delicious Afternoon Tea in between the musical entertainment.

The band performed a diverse programme including music from film and TV such as 'Happy Days' and 'No Time To Die', pop tunes such as 'Karma Chameleon' and 'Uptown Girl', closing with 'Sweet Caroline' which the audience enjoyed so much we played it again as an encore. A couple of hymns were thrown in as these had proven popular at the last concert, giving the audience a chance to to get their singing voices in gear.

Brackley & District Band are always grateful for the wonderful welcome that they get at St Peter’s and our thanks once again goes to those responsible for organising this concert.

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CONCERT REPORT - Summer Concert - 26 June 2022
18 June 2022
Musical Director - applications by 30 June 2022

We are looking for a new Musical Director to work collaboratively with us to continue our musical development, promote the success of the band and most importantly have fun making music together.

The successful applicant will be responsible for preparing the band for a variety of engagements including garden parties, fetes, parades, community events, formal concerts and contests.

The Band rehearses on Friday nights between 7.45 and 9.45pm at the Band Club in the centre of Brackley (NN13 6DF).

Closing date for applications is 30 June 2022, with a view to the successful applicant beginning in September 2022. To apply, please send your CV together with a covering note to brackleyband@gmail.com.

Photo credit - VHB Photography

 

 

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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

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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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