Christchurch Community Bands outstanding first year
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.
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.
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.
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."
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
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.
you play a brass or woodwind instrument, give Steff a call on 07974
320122 or take a look at their website
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!