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

Friday 29 May - Whit Friday Marches. Off to Saddleworth again to compete in the Whit Friday March contest. We hope to visit at least six of the contest villages this year. We are taking a large group of supporters as well so we hope to put Amersham firmly on the map in the heartland of the Northern bands.

Friday 19 JuneHyde Heath Beer Festival. This is a regular annual booking for the band, bringing together two of the best British traditions – Beer and Brass Bands. From 7:30pm on the Green at Hyde Heath.

Saturday 11 JulyColeshill Village Fete. Amersham Community Brass will be playing from 2:45pm onwards, adding to the great village atmosphere at this popular local fete.

Sunday 19 JulyProm Concert in the Memorial Gardens

Sunday 13 SeptemberHeritage Day

Saturday 17 OctoberCommunity MusicFest at The Elgiva

Sunday 8 NovemberRemembrance Sunday

Sunday 13 DecemberChristmas Concert

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May 22

Bandroom Appeal

SJA Hall2We 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.”

Apr 28

Sun shines on joint band parade

st george paradeAmersham Band and Amersham Community Brass joined forces to lead the Scout’s St Georges Day Parade in Aylesbury on Sunday 26th April. For several new band members it was their first experience of marching and it was a good chance to practice for the Whit Friday marches at the end of May. The Parade, headed by a stilt-walking St George and led by the band, marched from Market Square to St Mary’s Church and then returned after the service. The sun came out for the final assembly and speeches. As a finale, the band played “Happy Marching Band Medley” to the packed audience in Market Square.

Apr 20

Wow! – a 19 horn band

horn on head19 horn players sounded forth at our recent workshop. It was a mighty sound.

A mix of french horn and tenor horn players of all ages and abilities were put through their paces at  a workshop hosted by Amersham Band. Professional players Richard Wainwright and James Dickinson led the workshop which was open to all and free of charge. This was the third in a series of sessions funded by Chiltern District Council with the aim to encourage ensemble playing of brass instruments. Photos of the horn workshop and the previous sessions for trombone and low-brass can be found in our gallery. Overall the workshops were great fun and the band hopes to be able to run further similar events in the future.

Apr 17

Sad news about Band President

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Robin and Alistair Richards

We are sad to announce that our longstanding Band President, Robin Richards has passed away. The band feels highly privileged to have had Robin’s support over the many years that he served as President. Robin was first associated with the band when his son Alistair started playing cornet in the late 1980s. Robin took the role of Chairman for several years and was then appointed as President. Even after Alistair moved out of the area and left the band, Robin maintained his keen interest in the band and was a regular supporter of our concerts and events. Late last year he kindly agreed to donate a silver trophy to be awarded to the winner of our solo competition. We have called this the President’s cup and it will act as a lasting memory of Robin.

Mar 21

Impressive start in Second Section

4thAmersham Band made an impressive impact at our very first appearance in the Section Section of the London and Southern Counties Regional Championship. Having only been promoted in January, the band secured 4th place out of 15 competing bands, As newcomers to this level of performance, the band was delighted with the result. Band Chairman, Fred Harrison said “it’s a brilliant result and a justified reward for all the hard work that went into practice and rehearsals prior to the contest. The band performed a set piece for the contest – Variations on Maccabeus, which is based on the hymn tune “Thine is the Glory” by Handel.

Feb 28

Free Horn Workshop – 19th April

old hornCALLING ALL HORN PLAYERS

The band is running another workshop, this time for horn players, both tenor horns and french horns. This workshop will be held in Winchmore Hill on 19th April and will be run by professional teachers James Dickinson and Richard Wainwright. Players of all levels of ability are welcome. The workshop is free to attend courtesy of a grant from Chiltern District Council.

More information

Please register in advance if you would like to attend. This will help us to plan the sessions. Click here to register

Feb 04

Beginner Group gets ready for Monster Brass Day

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Monster Brass – click for info

Amersham Band’s Beginner Group are making preparations for the forthcoming Monster Brass Day which is to be held on Sunday 8th March.  Barbara Douglas, conductor of the Beginner Group said “we agreed to provide the foundation band for the Monster Brass workshops which will be a great opportunity for our beginner players to experience playing in a larger group. We have started to practice the pieces for the workshop and I am delighted at how quickly everyone is picking up the new music.”

Monster Brass is organised by local brass teachers Kathy Gifford and Nick Care. Now in its 17th year, it provides free workshops for beginner, intermediate and advanced brass players. Monster Brass will feature the internationally recognised trumpet virtuoso Crispian Steele-Perkins and will take place at the Court Theatre, Tring. The workshop is free to attend and open to all local brass players. Click the Monster logo for more information or make an enquiry via our contact page.

Jan 31

Foden’s help the band to prepare for 2nd Section Debut

Fodens logoOn Saturday 21st March, the band will take to the stage to compete in the Second Section Regional Contest for the first time in its history. MD Paul Fisher is leading the band through intensive rehearsals of the test piece “Variations on Maccabeus” by Kevin Norbury. To help the band step up to this next level of performance, a crack team of musicians from the championship level Foden’s band traveled down to Amersham to run a whole day workshop with the band.

Foden’s conductor Mike Fowles, who led the workshop, complemented the band, saying “Amersham Band is a terrific example of community music-making. Honest, hard-working people coming together for fun and friendship in this most creative of hobbies. A thoroughly enjoyable day in the company of a great bunch of people !”

Wish us luck in the Contest on 21st March…..

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