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Friary Guildford Band’s bass section is celebrating the arrival of a brand new set of Yamaha Neo instruments, purchased with the help of funding via the suppliers, Rosehill of Beaconsfield.

EEb bass player and Band Librarian Phil German explains: ‘Some of our previous basses were nearly 30 years old, and gave us great service – we won the Best Bass Section Award at the Butlins Mineworkers contest in 2015 – but frankly they were no longer of the standard we need as a Championship Section band. Thanks to the finance package offered by Paul Austin at Rosehill, we have now been able to equip the section with top quality instruments, something that has been on our wish list for a while.’

Band Chairman Nigel Stevens added: ‘This is a further major investment for the Band, following the purchase of new timpani towards the end of last year, but it was well overdue. Careful management of our finances means we have the ability to take on this commitment which will help strengthen the Band’s future rather than jeopardise it.’

‘Our tuba players have worked wonders with their old instruments, but they now have the right tools to do the job as Friary continues to progress,’ he concluded.
FGB Basses(l-r) Kevin Cole, Nigel Simmons, Paul Austin, Ross Graham, Phil German, Duncan Ford

Hear the new basses in action with Friary Guildford Band on 23rd April at St Andrews Church, Farnham.

Oxted Band is pleased to announce the latest ‘Stars of Brass’ concert:
Saturday 16th April
St John’s Church, Hurst Green, Surrey RH8 9EA

This year’s featured soloist is Ben Dixon, principal EEb tuba of the world famous Black Dyke Band. Ben joined Black Dyke in 2013, and following 3 years studying performance at Salford, he received the Harry Mortimer Brass Performance Prize and the Roy Newsome Conducting Prize. He is now continuing his education at the Royal Northern College of Music, studying for a Masters degree in performance.
Ben Dixon
This will be MD Darrell Scholes’ first Spring Concert with Oxted, having joined the band in May 2015. He brings a wealth of brass band experience and after a busy summer of fetes, bandstands and local events, the band is building on his first concert last Autumn when they featured soloists from within their own ranks. The programme will include traditional brass band items, music from the classics and from popular shows and musicals – something for everyone!

Tickets are £10 for adults, £5 for children,
Available from 07584 246501 or on the door.

We look forward to seeing you in April for what promises to be another evening of sparkling brass fare from Oxted Band and our special guest soloist.

Prior to the Spring Concert, the band will be making their annual appearance in the garden of co-chairman of West Ham FC, David Gold, on Sunday 10th April. Mr Gold, who lives in Caterham, opens his garden every year in aid of the National Garden Scheme charity and St Catherine’s Hospice.

The Southern Counties Youth Band Easter Course will be led by Ian Porthouse in the stunning facilities of St Catherine’s School, Bramley, from Tues 29th March – Fri 1st April – don’t miss out!
Don’t worry if you can’t commit to the full residential course, we are open to day students so anyone can come along and join in at anytime.
The charge for day students is £15 a day which includes lunch and dinner.
Contact for more info.
The course will end with a FREE concert, 7-9pm on Friday 1st April.
We look forward to seeing you there!