We are a self-funding brass band organisation based in the Tendring Pensinsula which forms part of North Essex. This year we gained promotion to compete in the Second Section of the London & Southern Counties Regional Brass Band Contest.
We are a friendly band for all ages, with current members ranging from 12 years to 80+ years old!
Tendring Brass consists of its Main Band, Community Band and Music Academy, supported by a non-playing Support Team.
The Community Band rehearse on Monday evenings from 6.30 to 7.30pm and followed by the Main Band which runs til 10.00pm, at the comfortable and licensed premises of Wix Ex-Services Club, Harwich Road, Wix, Essex, CO11 2RY.
Our Music Academy meet on a Tuesday Evening at Chase Lane Primary School, Dovercourt CO12 4NB for the development of youth and novice players. This also acts as a feeder for the Community and Main Band.
Antony Sanders was appointed as band MD in 1999. Prior to joining us, he played euphonium in several championship section brass bands, and has won many awards throughout southern England in recognition of his talent and musicianship. His enthusiasm has had a positive effect on the band, which is attracting many new players. He is very keen on youth development, and it was through his vision that the Music Academy was started. Antony holds a Certificate of Teaching from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM).
What sort of concerts do we give? We play a variety of events and concerts each year, mostly in the Tendring peninsula. Our audiences are increasing, with many concerts now selling out.
Every few years we go on tour to a European destination, with past visits to Spain, Belgium, France, Denmark, The Netherlands and the USA.
How can I join? The band always welcomes new players. We encourage anyone interested in learning more about Tendring Brass to contact us. If you are already an established player you could come along on a Monday evening to the Community Band evening rehearsal. If after several visits you decide to join us, you will be required to fill out membership forms. There is also a monthly membership subscription, payable by standing order, of £7.50