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 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. This is our highlight Summer Concert. Building on the success of the WW1 commemoration concert last year, this time the gardens concert will feature popular “proms” style music, with the opportunity to sing along to some of the great British classics.

Sunday 13 SeptemberHeritage Day. The band will again be featured in Amersham’s annual Heritage Day celebrations.

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 will be available shortly from the Elgiva box office.

Sunday 8 NovemberRemembrance Sunday

Sunday 13 DecemberChristmas Concert

Amersham Band  Memorial Gardens WW1 Concert 2014

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.”

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.

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