For those who couldn’t make last Monday, a reminder that we will not be rehearsing on Monday next, the 22nd April. Usually we don’t rehearse on any bank holiday Monday, but there is a request from Alan that we do attend on May 6th (the early May bank holiday), because of the proximity of the concert.
And speaking of the May 18th concert, a reminder that tickets are now selling at the Bath Box Office – in person, by phone or online. See the front page here for details. Don’t forget to buy tickets for family members who are coming along – don’t leave it until the night.
The band is delighted to announce details of our ambitious next concert, which is to be a benefit for the Fire Fighters’ Charity.
We’ll be in the Roper Theatre, a splendid performance venue at Hayesfield School, in the Oldfield Park area of Bath. Joining us on stage will be the Corps of Drums of our neighbouring service, Devon and Somerset.
Jonty Messer, the main newsreader for ITV News West Country, has generously agreed to be our host for the evening.
It’s going to be a great night, with the doors opening at 7pm for a 7.30pm curtain up. Click on the poster image here to see it full size. Feel free to spread the word!
There’ll be more detail coming on this website soon, but if you want to be sure of getting a seat, contact the Bath Box office now. Tickets, at £10 each (£5 to age 16) are on sale
You can drop in to see them at the Tourist Information Centre in Bath (Terrace Walk, aka Bog Island to the locals) or call them on 01225 463322, email on bathboxoffice.co.uk or book online by following this link:
Dates for our Spring and Summer concerts are now published in the online calendar.
Our first, and the biggest event, is the special Charity Concert in aid of the Firefighters’ Charity. We’ll be performing with special guests on stage at the Roper Theatre on Saturday 18th May, 7.30pm. Tickets and further details will appear on this very website!
We have two Summer appearances at local parks –
on the 9th June, at 3pm at Victoria Park, Bath, and the 23rd June, at 2pm, Keynsham Park.
We hope to see you all at one of these concerts (or maybe all three) , and that you’ll enjoy the new musical selections we are working on.
Unfortunately a couple of our photo album pages on this site are currently showing an error message rather than the wonderful photos. It’s not your browser, it’s a matter of parts of our site no longer being compatible with other parts and the security settings we’ve introduced. The joys of automatic updates! Normal service will resume in a day or so. has now resumed.
Update – 30 minutes later – all down to an ‘improvement’ at our hosting provider.
In the concert band, we’ve tidied away the Christmas medleys and the carol sheets. A whole heap of new music, and old marches, is being dusted off and practice has begun for the first public concert of the year, which will be in Bath on May 18th. and it will be an ambitious one!
More details to come, nearer the time.
The training sessions have also started, on Wednesday evenings – but it’s not too late to join in. Email us for details.
We played our last concert for 2018 last week, which was our usual Christmas concert for Monica Wills care home in Bristol. No more Christmas Festival Yuletide Medleys for another year (minus the month or so of practice).
Whether you’re a band member – or hoping to become one, with our training sessions starting in January – or you’ve heard us play sometime in 2018, here’s wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
This site may be offline for odd moments in the following week, as updates are applied and general pruning takes place.
Phil (chair of the committee and currently blog master)
Before the next set of concerts fills the schedule, a reminder about the next run of our training programme….The course will run on Wednesdays from mid January, and players of all abilities are welcome.
We’ve had several enquiries from wind players, including clarinets and flautists, and the numbers are filling out – but places are still available.
For more details, click on the ‘beginners’ tab just under the top photo on this page, and to enrol, email us at email@example.com
We’re starting a new season of training sessions in the new year, for everyone from absolute beginners. Here’s the ad that you’ll be seeing around the local papers and newsletters –
• Are you looking for a new challenge?
• Have you ever wished you’d learned to play a musical instrument?
• Perhaps you gave up when you left school and regretted it ever since?
You’ve come to the right place! The Band of the Avon Fire and Rescue Service is looking for new members of all ages – absolute beginners and returners – to join the new Beginners’ band, starting in January 2019. You don’t have to be a firefighter and you don’t even need to have your own instrument (we have a limited number to offer on a first-come-first-served basis). We teach brass (e.g. trumpet, euphonium, trombone, tuba) and woodwind instruments (e.g. oboe, flute, clarinet, alto, tenor & baritone saxophone), as well as double bass and electric bass guitar. The cost per term is £30.
The Beginners Band will meet on Wednesday evenings from 7.30 pm at the Management Development Centre of the Avon Fire & Rescue Service, Lansdown, which is to the north of Bath, just beyond the racecourse (you do need a car to get there, but there’s plenty of parking). The rehearsal will last for one hour, at which point you can either go home, or stay and listen to Brass, Wind and Fire (our intermediate band to which you will graduate), or rehearse with Brass Wind and Fire until 9.30 pm.
For more information and to book yourself in, please email us (link to be found on most pages!) firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks to all who dropped by to listen to the band at last Sunday’s Emergency Services open day at the Police and Fire Service HQ in Portishead. We were playing out in the open, in the vicinity of the Arena this year – it’s difficult to compete with the Police dogs exhibitions, so we didn’t try!
In the spare time we had between our two sets, it was difficult to get round more than a fraction of what was on show, but some of us were able to get over to the main Fire & Rescue Service exhibitions. Thanks to our colleagues in the Service’s Media Office, (especially Liam who took the photo), here’s some of the band in front of one of the many pumps on show. (Hint – if you need a fire dealt with, don’t ask the people in the red uniforms).