Offering a chance to hear the band play - The Evesham Observer

Offering a chance to hear the band play

Evesham Editorial 17th Feb, 2019   0

AN EVESHAM-based band will be making music for nothing next weekend at the town’s Methodist Church on Bridge Street.

Avonbank Brass Band will take to the stage next Saturday (February 23) at 7.30pm for the benefit of local residents and music lovers everywhere.

The concert is free because the band, which has its origins at the church where it was established as an offshoot of the Youth Club there in 1948, wants to reconnect with its roots.

In addition, a few weeks after the concert, the band will be competing at the regional competition in Bedworth and wants to run out the short but difficult set test piece it has to play.

The piece, called the Rise of the Phoenix, is full of catchy tunes and rhythms with an exciting James Bond style central movement that is sure to appeal to audiences. In addition, there is a full programme of light concert music and popular tunes all intended to entertain and delight.

Avonbank band is made up of nearly 30 players who turn out twice each week to rehearse as they have done for over seventy years in order to make quality music for the community they serve.

Recently the band has worked with a new conductor, Dave Lea who was, for thirty years until his retirement, the musical director of the prestigious Jaguar Land Rover Band, one of the UK’s top Championship bands, centred in Coventry.

Since his association with Avonbank, he has worked hard to improve the band’s confidence and musicality.

The concert is free though there will be a retiring collection as well as a raffle.

Call Carole Smith on 01386 422 778 or e-mail [email protected] for more.

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