Amersham Band

Amersham Band is a brass band based in South Buckinghamshire with roots going back to 1845. In recent years the band has flourished, attracting new members and achieving increasing success with promotion to the Second Section of the National Brass Band Championships.Amersham Band’s Musical Director is Paul Fisher. As a professional trombonist, Paul has worked extensively both in this country and around the world, touring with Symphony Orchestras, Pop Bands, Big Bands and Musicals. He is currently Principal Conductor of the Herts County Youth Brass and a lead teacher in brass for the County.


Rehearsals are on Monday evenings, 8pm – 10pm, at the Methodist Church, The Hill, Winchmore Hill, Amersham, HP7 0PA

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Amersham Community Brass

Amersham Community Brass was formed in 2014, and is aimed at developing players from Grade 3 upwards. Already at a strength of over 20 members, the band is still keen to recruit new members and we have instruments available for loan if needed. The Annual membership subscription fee is £50.
Mary Wells is the Community Brass Musical Director. Mary teaches at a local school and plays solo horn at Ellesborough Silver Band.


Rehearsals are on Thursday evenings, 7.30pm – 9:00pm, at the Methodist Church, The Hill, Winchmore Hill, Amersham, HP7 0PA

Community Brass, Christmas 2013

Amersham Beginner Band

Amersham Beginner Band provides a friendly and supportive environment for beginners and elementary level players of all ages. Sessions include group tuition and group ensemble playing. New members are always welcome and instruments are available on loan. The beginner band is run on a termly basis with a subscription fee of £10 per term.Barbara Douglas is the conductor of the Beginner Band.


Rehearsals are on Thursday evenings, 6.30pm – 7.15pm, at the Methodist Church, The Hill, Winchmore Hill, Amersham, HP7 0PA

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Events

Saturday 29 August  – Sponsored Bike Ride. Band members will be cycling from Richmond to Windsor to raise money for the bandroom appeal. Join in or sponsor a band member. Contact us if you would like to help.

Sunday 13 SeptemberAmersham Heritage Day. The band will again be featured in Amersham’s annual Heritage Day celebrations. Following the fabulous Proms in the Park Concert on 19 July this is another chance to see the band in the Memorial Gardens.

Saturday 26 SeptemberBucks Caravan Club Fete, Prestwood. Amersham Community Brass will be playing in the early evening.

Saturday 17 OctoberCommunity MusicFest at The Elgiva. Plans are now being made for our annual MusicFest concert. This year the concert will also feature The Jackie Palmer Girls’ Choir and a choir from Our Lady’s Catholic Primary School. Tickets are available from the Elgiva box office.

Saturday 25 OctoberAddlestone Entertainment Contest. Amersham Community Brass make their debut on the contest stage with a short entertainment programme.

Sunday 8 NovemberRemembrance Sunday in the Memorial Gardens followed by the Church Service in St. Mary’s.

Saturday 5 DecemberAmersham Christmas Fair

Tuesday 8 DecemberThe Beacon School Christmas Concert

Sunday 13 DecemberChristmas Concert

Amersham Band  Memorial Gardens WW1 Concert 2014

Aug 09

Hear our historic band at Heritage Day

heritage dayWith it’s 170 year history, Amersham Band will provide the ideal entertainment for Amersham’s Heritage Day on Sunday 13 September. Band historian, Caroline Perkins has carried out extensive research in conjunction with the Amersham Museum, which has uncovered the first mention of the band in 1845. There’s a fascinating history of the band through the late Victorian period and then in the 20th Century, with dozens of examples of how the band supported civic events and celebrations.

Band Chairman, Fred Harrison, said “the present band is honoured to have been such a central part of the town’s traditions over such a long period and we are now planning to strengthen our contribution to the community. The aim is to create a brass academy and to purchase a band-room rehearsal facility in the town centre.” The band started a fundraising appeal a few weeks ago and is making great progress. Come and support the band at Heritage Day so that we can secure our future in Amersham for the next 170 years.

Jul 21

A bit of Summer Madness

madness snapshot 2Pop Group Madness have stepped in to create a very special message just for our supporters.

Regular Amersham Band audiences will be familiar with the band’s rendition of “Baggy Trousers” by Madness. Our Musical Director, Paul Fisher, plays trombone in the Madness horn section and he asked the boys to make a video to support our bandroom appeal. You can check out the special message by clicking the picture. Don’t forget to follow their advice and make a donation.

Jul 06

Amersham Band is now a registered charity

CCEW-logo-smallWe are pleased to report that the Charity Commission has accepted our application and that Amersham Band is now a registered Charitable Incorporated Organisation. Our Charity Registration Number is 1162520.

The key objective for the new Amersham Band CIO is to improve, develop and advance the public education in, and appreciation of, the art and science of brass band music in all its aspects by any means the trustees see fit, including through the presentation of public concerts and practice and performance.

We are delighted at this development as it is an important step forward for the band, as it enables us to purchase property and to claim tax benefits, both of which are key as we strive for the goal of our own Amersham Bandroom.

Jul 04

Amersham Community Brass make debut recording

ACB recording cropAmersham Community Brass spent a productive Saturday morning recording their very first CD. The recording session was organised by band-member Richard Skepper and took place in the theatre at Amersham and Wycombe College. ACB band manager Caroline Perkins said ” it was a great opportunity for everyone to get experience of a recording session and afterwards some of the younger members got to try out the studio recording desk”. The band had carefully rehearsed 6 pieces for the last few weeks and the preparation paid off as each track was successfully recorded without too many re-takes. The finished CD will be coming out very shortly.

Jun 28

Brass Roots – growing new brass players

BrassRoots_FlowerAmersham Band is excited to announce the launch of a new “Brass Roots” group for beginner and elementary level players. Band Chairman, Fred Harrison, said ” we want to bring the opportunity of group music-making to more local people and the Brass Roots group is aimed at those who want to learn to play a brass instrument. It’s a chance to develop music skills, have fun and make some new friends at the same time.”

The sessions will be led by Paul Fisher and Ashley Horton and will be held at the Winchmore Hill bandroom on Thursdays at 6:30 -7:15pm. For more information click the Brass Roots flower logo.

Paul Fisher is Amersham Band’s Musical Director and is the author of the increasingly popular BAND-TIME teaching method.

Jun 18

Carnival Parade to be led by Amersham Band

CarnivalThe band will have a major presence at the Amersham Carnival and Town Show on Saturday 27th June. The fairy-tale carnival parade will be headed by the band which is in great shape for marching following the recent trip to Saddleworth to compete in the Whit Friday marches. After the parade we will be running a “Have a Blow” demonstration stall where aspiring brass players can find out how to get started. Tea and cakes will be available outside the St. John’s Ambulance Hall in Bensheim Way together with displays and information about our exciting development plans.  Please drop by to have a chat with our Musical Directors and players – you might be surprised at all the activities we get up to.

Jun 02

Friends of Amersham Band – 100 Club

100clubWelcome to Friends of Amersham Band “100 Club” lottery – it’s a great way for you to support us while having a bit of a flutter. The membership fee is £50 which buys a membership ticket valid for one year until June 2016. There will be prize draws for two winners every two months starting in July 2015, with a special Christmas draw featuring three prizes. The prize money will be dependent on the number of tickets sold, with a 33% of the total membership revenue being allocated to the prize payouts. If you want to take part, contact a band-member for a membership form, or download a form by clicking the 100 Club logo.

GOOD LUCK !

This lottery is registered with Chiltern District Council and run in accordance with the Small Lotteries Guidance section of the Gambling Act 2005

May 22

Bandroom Appeal

rehearsal2We are starting a major fundraising appeal so that we can buy our own bandroom. Our current rented space is now too small to meet our growing needs. A new bandroom will give us the ability to further expand our bands, and to develop our community brass and beginner groups. We also plan to open a brass academy for individual and group teaching.

Can you help us to raise the funds? – you can make a donation by visiting our appeals page. Or get in touch if you have any good fundraising ideas.

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May 17

Band scoops two more trophies

cup3Amersham Band continues to make its mark in the contest arena, this time scooping the 2nd Prize Trophy and the Best Compere prize for conductor Paul Fisher at the SCABA entertainment contest in Crawley. The band was drawn to play first in a field of 9 bands and the early Sunday morning start was repaid with the brilliant result. In the 20 minute programme, the band played pieces from different countries, including Germany, Armenia, Sweden, France, and finishing in South Africa with a new piece called Madiba – a tribute to Nelson Mandela.

Next on the band event list is the annual trip to the Whit Friday Marches, where we will have the chance to compete for cash prizes, albeit against the very top bands from across the country.

May 09

Trumpet Star Mike Lovatt joins bands for Spring Concert

Mike Lovatt with ABAmersham Band and Amersham Community Brass held an inaugural Spring Concert on Saturday 9th May. Star of the show was Mike Lovatt, an internationally recognised trumpet player who performed with both bands, playing a range of big-band, jazz and traditional styles. Mike is Professor of Trumpet at the Royal College of Music, lead trumpet player in the John Wilson Orchestra and a sought-after London trumpet session player. Amersham Band was in great form and performed some of its latest repertoire, whilst for Amersham Community Brass this was their first fully fledged concert.

The concert was held at the new Kings Church in Amersham which is a fantastic new venue for local concerts. Band Chairman, Fred Harrison said “The Spring Concert was a new initiative for us, and was a huge success. We’ll definitely be coming back to the Kings Church for future events, so keep an eye on our events schedule.”

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