Great Summer but here comes Autumn!

The band have had a great summer, playing at eight outdoor events across Surrey and the South East, and finishing as usual with our most local event – a lovely Saturday afternoon spent at the Hurst Green Fete.  We took part in a number of new events including the Brass Band Festival at Borde Hill Garden where we enjoyed not only playing but also sitting and listening to other bands.

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The summer has brought us some beautiful weather this year, and we’ve certainly had the sun cream out!  We’ve also been heard by even more people than usual, having been featured on BBC Radio Surrey when playing at the Countryside Food Festival at Priory Farm.

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The hot and sunny weather brought out some lovely headwear!

Now we turn back inside, and are rehearsing hard for the Scaba Autumn Contest which we will take part in this Sunday.  Then it’s on to our Autumn Concert which takes place on Saturday 12th October at 7:30pm at St John’s Church in Hurst Green.

The concert will feature a varied and entertaining programme of music, along with soloists from within the band.   Tickets are priced at £7.50 and will be available at the door.  Refreshments in the interval are included (we welcome donations for these).

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Stars of Brass concert with Stephen Kane

The Oxted Band Spring Concert will be held on Saturday 4th May at St John’s Church, Hurst Green, Surrey RH8 9EA at 7.30pm, and will feature another soloist in our ‘Stars of Brass’ series.

This year our special guest will be Stephen Kane, solo baritone of the number 1 ranked brass band in the World, the Cory Band. Steven comes from Bexleyheath in South London, but moved to Wales for his studies and has enjoyed huge success while he has been a member of Cory, winning all of the major brass band competitions both nationally and internationally with them.

Steven’s father Derick, who recently retired as principal euphonium of the International Staff Band of the Salvation Army after over 40 years, will be playing a duet with Steven in the concert.

Tickets are £7.50, and will be available on the door.
Refreshments, included in the ticket price, will be served at the interval. (We welcome donations for refreshments but it is not compulsory).

Feeling lucky?! Tandridge Together Lottery

Tandridge Together Lottery is a weekly online lottery, with a chance to win £25,000 and will support good causes and local voluntary groups with fundraising.

Lottery tickets costing £1 per week are available at https://www.tandridgelottery.co.uk/support/the-oxted-band. 50p of the £1 ticket price goes directly to the Oxted Band, with 10p in every pound going into a fund for the Council to distribute in the form of small grants, to a wide range of good cause projects who apply for support in the Tandridge district.

The rest of the money goes towards prizes and administration costs. There is no cost to the charities, projects and groups who sign up.

One of our supporters recently won £25 which helped towards Christmas presents!

It’s beginning to feel like Christmas

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It’s still November but Oxted Band are getting in the Christmas mood and have already started on the carols after a wonderful evening on Thursday 15th November playing for the switching on of the Christmas Lights in Oxted Town centre.

We now enter our busiest month of the year and hope you will be able to join with us at one of our upcoming events.

In particular we have two concerts:

On Saturday 8th December at 3pm, we have our Christmas Concert at St John’s Church in Hurst Green, featuring all your favourite Christmas music and carols and the dedicated learners of our training band. Tickets are just £5 for adults and free for under 15s.

On Saturday 15th December at 8pm, we finish off our year with our annual visit to the Oxted Royal British Legion where we present a more informal Christmas concert.

Merry Christmas!

For Crown and Country – 13th October, Hurst Green

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Oxted Band is pleased to announce that our Autumn Concert will be on Saturday 13th October at 7.30pm, at St John’s Church, Hurst Green, RH8 9EA
 
The theme of our concert this year will be ‘FOR CROWN AND COUNTRY’as we remember the 100th anniversary of the end of World War 1, and the centenary of the formation of the RAF. Our concert will feature music that commemorates and celebrates these milestones, and will also feature Great Britishmusic as we remember our heritage.
 
The audience are invited to bring along flags for a Last Night of the Proms finale to the concert.
 
Tickets are priced at £7.50, and are available at the door. Refreshments will be served at the interval.

Stars of Brass – Paul Woodward – Saturday 28th April

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Hot from taking all of the 1st prizes on offer in our section at the Southern Counties Amateur Band Association contest in February, Oxted Band are pleased to announce the latest in our “Stars of Brass” concert series.

Paul Woodward, co-principal trombone of the world-famous Black Dyke Band, is our special guest for the evening on Saturday 28th April, at St John’s Church, Hurst Green (RH8 9EA) starting at 7.30pm.

Tickets are priced at £7.50, and will be available on the door. Come along for what promises to be a great evening of brass music with our prize-winning band and top-class soloist!

Here comes spring!

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The clocks have changed, we’ve all eaten too many Easter eggs, so it must be time for Oxted Band to start playing outdoor gigs!

We start this Sunday, 8th April when we will be joining with a variety of acts at the National Garden Scheme open day at David Gold’s House, The Chalet, Tupwood Lane. The event is on all afternoon, and we will be playing from 2pm to 3pm.

This will give the band a chance to air some of the music we are preparing for our Spring Concert on the evening of Saturday 28th April at St John’s Church, Hurst Green, when our soloist will be Black Dyke trombonist Paul Woodward. Further details to follow!!

 

Oxted winners at Scaba Spring Contest

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Oxted took part in the Scaba Spring Contest today at the Hawth in Crawley, where we had a very successful morning.

Following the recent closure of the Scaba Registry, and as Oxted have not contested nationally for some years, we found ourselves in a new ungraded section where we competed against two other local bands: Cranbrook Town and Patcham Silver.

Our section played first so we were up early and on stage by 10:20 on a Sunday morning! We opened with the classic Rosehill march, and followed this with Morley Calvert’s work, the Canadian Folk Song Suite. Both seemed to go well, but with contesting you never really know until the results.

After enjoying listening to the Youth, Fourth and Third sections, the morning’s results were finally announced and we found ourselves cheering a lot:

Ungraded Section 1st Place: Oxted Band
Best March prize winners: Oxted Band
Best Conductor: Darrell Scholes, Oxted Band
Best Instrumentalist: Kevin Adams, Principal Cornet, Oxted Band

We came home very happy with our work and looking forward even more to now working towards our next events.

Join us for a Happy New Year!

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After a busy Christmas period, Oxted Band have had a short rest and are now back to rehearsals ready for the 2018 season!

This year’s calendar is slowly filling up and the next few months will see us back on the contest stage at Scaba Spring in February, whilst 28th April brings our next Stars of Brass concert when we will be joined by Paul Woodward, trombonist from the Black Dyke Band. We’d love to see you at any of our events. If you have an event you’d like us to play at, do get in touch.

We currently have a couple of vacancies, particularly our Bass section is looking for reinforcements, so if you are or you know a capable tuba player looking for a new challenge we’d love to hear from you!

Happy New Year!