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July pond concert

As previously announced on social media the Band are unable to hold the July Pond Concert in the village as usual due to the current restrictions.

However we will be recording a few pieces and will post them here and on Facebook for you all to enjoy hopefully Sunday evening.

If you would like to support the Band please make a donation to us by text messaging 70085 with DABCHICK <amount>

example:

“DABCHICK 5” would donate £5 to the Band. Usual standard messaging costs will be on top of whatever amount you choose.

Solo Horn Vacancy

With our Musical Director, Glyn Williams, we are currently meeting a minimum of once a week on Zoom to prepare our online recordings and competitions.

We aim to return to full rehearsals as soon as the rules allow, and once our players feel safe to do so.

Whilst the calendar is currently understandably quiet, we have a very active annual set of events and will be performing at the next British Open whenever the contest is able to be held.

If you are keen to join a committed community band, please contact our Chairman Ian Keene on the email or phone number listed below.

Death of Jesse Jones

The Band would like to send its deepest condolences to the family of Jesse Jones, the former player, Secretary and President who achieved an amazing 51 years service with the Band.

Back in 2008, when Jesse retired from the Band, the following account of his musical history was published on 4barsrest, and it seems fitting to us all to re-share this link as we remember his dedication.

We look forward to a future concert when we hope to remember Jesse in a musical setting, and pay tribute to his support of the Band he loved.

https://www.4barsrest.com/news/8560/mr-aldbourne-retires

Qualification to the British Open

The Aldbourne Band would like thank the many people from the all around the world in the banding movement and our loyal supporters who have congratulated us on our performance at the Grand Shield held at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens.

We are delighted to have qualified for the UK’s premier brass band event, The British Open Championship to be held at the Symphony Hall, Birmingham September 8th 2018!!!

We would like to thank Glyn Williams and Dr David Thornton for their work with the Band in the lead up to the Grand Shield. Dr David Thornton who conducted on the day, messaged us soon after the results saying:

“Congratulations to Aldbourne Band for their achievement in Blackpool yesterday, a lovely, emotional, exciting performance of Peter Graham’s Triumph of Time. Qualification to the British Open is a simply magnificent achievement and I’m so delighted for a wonderful group of people. Thanks for your hard work & dedication.”.

This is a particularly proud and historic moment for us in the Bands 158 history, as it is the first time that the band has qualified for this prestigious event after a long history of local and national contest successes that culminated in a recent appearance at the Royal Albert Hall.

We would like to give our heartfelt thanks to all previous players and conductors who contributed to our sixteen year journey to the British Open:

Conductors

Ian Holmes (2002-2003)
Nigel Seaman (2004)
Steve Sykes (2005-2006)
David Williams (2007)
Melvin White (2008-2009)
David Williams (2010)
David Johnson (2011-2014)
Jonathan Pippen (2015)
David Johnson (2016-2017)
David Thornton (2018)

We now look forward to a busy Summer of engagements and rehearsals! Luckily, the Aldbourne Carnival is a week early this year so we avoid the clash