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Brackley & District Band
Brackley & District Band was formed in the mid 1970s when a group of young musicians finished their time at school and needed an outlet to pursue their hobbies.
A suitable premises was found in what was the British Legion Club, and with the help of a few very kind parents who re-mortgaged their homes the club was purchased and became "The Band Club" as it is to this day. One of those parents, Derek Chapman has only just retired as a playing member of the band, and several of the original group of players still remain!
The Club is a thriving part of the Brackley community and boasts three bars under one roof!! Absolute heaven for any Brass Band.
The Band has contested in all sections and their purple patch was through the mid eighties when, under the leadership of Mr David Williams, they were ranked in the Championship section competing against some of the top bands in the country.
Through the nineties the band went into somewhat of a decline in terms of its contesting standards. Although still a popular concert band it levelled out in the second section, where it remained actively performing, contesting and touring parts of Europe.
At present the band is without a permanent conductor. Once Jason has helped us out for the Abington Park Bandstand, Geoff Riseley will be temporary MD until Christmas, including the concert at The Mill and Wychavon and Pontins contests. We are on the look out for a permanent MD to start after Christmas and take us to the Areas.
We'd like to thank David Richards for all the work he's put in since June 2007. During that time he was also a serving member of the Royal Air Force and is currently Flight Sergeant in charge of training and also Senior Drum Major (RAF). He is a tuba player by profession and has performed with many bands and orchestras on all the major concert platforms in this country and throughout the world. He has also arranged music for the RAF bands and has had many of his pieces recorded by brass and wind bands.
The previous musical director, Jason Glynn had been with the band for 6 1/2 years and as an ex-player had injected a new lease of life into the band. He led the band from the second section to the first, including a trip to the National Brass Band Finals. The last time the band had qualified for this event had been 19 years earlier!
The Band now resides in a slightly dicey position in the first section but through some of the band's recent success has secured (and hung on to) the services of a number of very fine players enabling the band to continue in its progress.