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Wadhurst Brass Band
The village of Wadhurst lies on a ridge of the undulating landscape of the Sussex Weald close to the Kent border near Tunbridge Wells, and a brass band has thrived in the village since the late 1800's.
The present band owes its' life to Algy Hoare. As a teacher at the Secondary School, now Uplands Community College, he introduced brass lessons in the 1950's. He formed a school band in 1957 and he and his players became great ambassadors for the school. Success led naturally into the “Youth Band” that evolved in 1974 into the “Wadhurst Brass Band” that we know today. The band developed a friendly and welcoming style in which players both young and old were able to develop their musicianship. Wadhurst Brass Band is a group of friends, from all walks of life, who share a love of music-making and entertaining local communities. We continue to attract talented players and welcome players of all abilities. We are particularly proud of our growing Training Band.
In 1998, Algy handed his baton over to Ken Rich whose association with brass bands goes back over 50 years. Ken has conducted since 1965 and taught many a young person to play brass instruments. Paul Gardiner took over in 2003 and his youthful enthusiasm further enhanced the reputation of the Band. In January 2007 Ken Rich took up his baton once more as the Band's Music Director until finally passing it back to Algy in January 2009.
We give three concerts in Wadhurst; autumn, Christmas and spring each year and we frequently play for church services where the acoustics can add a special poignancy. A busy summer outdoor programme means that fetes and festivals feel just right with the mellow tones of brass.
Summer venues have included Hever Castle, Chartwell, Chevening House, Penshurst, Tonbridge Castle and the bandstands at Eastbourne, Sevenoaks and Tunbridge Wells Pantiles, together with local vilage fetes. All are perfect backdrops on a summer's day, to introduce overseas and home visitors to the very English sound of a brass band. Our repertoire varies over the summer to include light classical, themes from film, musicals and TV and of course traditional brass band music.
Further afield WBB has made three successful concert tours of the Rhine / Moselle area of Germany. A Tour of the Lille area of France was a highlight of 2006. The band has good links with Wadhurst's twin village of Aubers in France. In 2007 the band played at the opening of Aubers new Sports Hall. We returned to Aubers in May 2010 to help celebrate 10 years of twinning and are proud of our participation in the 'Last Post Ceremony' at the Minin Gate, Ypres. A truly moving experience.