We are a self-funding brass band based in the Tendring Pensinsula which forms part of north Essex. We are currently compete in the third section of the London & Southern Counties Region Brass Band contest.
Apart from the main band, we operate several subsidiary groups, including the Brass Band Music Academy, a Beginners Band and the A120 ensemble.
We rehearse on Monday evenings from 7.15 to 10.00, at the comfortable and licensed premises of the Wix, Bradfield & District Royal British Legion, Harwich Road, Wix, Essex, CO11 2RY. Click on the link to download directions to the location. From the cross roads travel east for about 250 yards and the hall is on the right (just past the Village Hall entrance) – you can’t miss it.
Do we have a youth policy? Yes – most definitely.
We always encourage young players and run the Music Academy and Beginners Band on a Tuesday Evening at Chase Lane Primary School for the development of youth and novice players. This also acts as a feeder for the senior band. The popular beginners school involves coaching for brass instruments, music theory and a beginners brass band. Younger children are taught to play the recorder. We follow strict guidelines for child protection and our policy conforms to national guideleins. The band has a stock of instruments, and will endeavour to provide new players with a suitable instrument if available. However demand for these can be high, and where an instrument cannot be provided, advice is given on where and how one can be purchased.
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. Many of the band activities are based around the local maritime heritage and each summer the band plays at Harwich Port for cruise ship departures.
Every few years we go on tour to a European destination, with past visits to Spain, Belgium and France. We endeavour to try new experiences each year, with no two years the same.
How can I join? The band always welcomes new players. For the senior band, just come along to a Monday evening rehearsal. If after several visits you decide to join us, you will be required to fill out a few forms. There is also a monthly membership subscription, payable by standing order, of £7.50
As we use Royal British Legion branch premises it is recommended that you become a member of the Royal British Legion which will incur a subscription fee renewal each year.