Christchurch Community Bands outstanding first year

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By Christchurch and District Band | Monday, February 10, 2014, 11:00

The Christchurch and District Band was formed in February 2013 

to bring music and its performance into the heart of the

community. To say the band is only in its first year, it has achieved so

much and has over 40 musicians on its books. 

Amongst

many engagements, the band visited Aalen, Christchurch's twin town and

performed at their Beer Festival in September to an audience of over

1,000 revellers and forged strong ties with the German Kochen Clan Pipe

Band and the Aalen School of Music. Both of which are coming to England

this year to be hosted by the Christchurch and District Band.

In

November, the Christchurch and District Band performed at the Regent

Centre "For Queen and Country" Christchurch Remembrance Concert; to a near sell out! Because of popular demand, the show will

return to the Regent Centre on 2nd November 2014.

The band

is a true community project; a not for profit organisation and has

received donations from "Waitrose, Community Matters" and the

"Co-Operative Membership Community Fund." It does not charge membership

or subscription fees and is attracting musicians of all abilities from

all works of life, with players travelling from Weymouth to West Sussex,

all with a common goal of playing and performing music in a fun, lively

and friendly environment.

A spokesman for the band said "it's incredible the

support and enthusiasm we are receiving, not only from people who play

an instrument as a hobby at home, but also some superb musicians too who

come along to perform with us, enjoy the relaxed rehearsals and simply

have a nice evening. We would like to see more "closet musicians" coming

out from playing behind the sofa and come and play in a group. It's so

much more enjoyable and a great way to increase your social circle too,

they just need to make that first step of calling us and coming along

for a try to see if they enjoy the evening. Music is a fantastic

distractor and takes you "out of your box" for a while. It's so

important in today's whirlwind society to be able to step away from

everything for at least couple of hours a week, let your mind go and relax.

Music is a great therapy for this."

The

band certainly have go into the heart of the Community. As well as able bodied musicians they have people with varying disabilities too, not just physical and it's

fantastic to see everyone gelling and simply enjoying making music. In

fact the band motto is "Music Triumphs Over Adversity" and nothing could

be truer!

Their

doors are always open to welcome new members, they are DBS checked and

welcome under 18's too – As long as you can read music and play your

instrument, you're welcome.

If

you play a brass or woodwind instrument, give Steff a call on 07974

320122 or take a look at their website

www.christchurchanddistrictband.co.uk

The

band are currently seeking a music reading kit player; music reading

glockenspiel / bell lyre player, Cornet/trumpets, baritones and euphoniums and trombones.

Get in touch! It may be one of the most enjoyable things you do this year!

      

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