About The Band
We are a community wind (or concert) band consisting of brass, woodwind and percussion players. We play a range of music from classic concert band pieces including marches and favourites from the “Last Night of the Proms” to film scores and television music, musicals, Disney and contemporary arrangements for concert band by composers such as Philip Sparke and Jay Bocook. We regularly add new music to our library.
The Band were very pleased to welcome Neil Brownless as musical director from September 2013. Neil plays both trombone and euphonium and his conducting experience includes periods as musical director of Portsmouth University Big Band, deputy musical director of Northampton Concert Band, bandmaster (assistant conductor) of Moulton 77 Brass Band, and assistant conductor of Portsmouth University Wind Band.
Previous musical directors include Anthony Sadler and more recently Philip Burditt and Stephen Bell.
History of the Band
The Band was formed in 1977 as Abingdon Military Band and while the name was later changed the formation of instruments remains the same as that found in modern military bands. Over the years the Band has given around 200 public performances in and around the Abingdon on Thames area, just south of Oxford.
These performances have included fetes, concerts and charity events. For the last three years we have been pleased to be joined by Wesley Smith for our performances as part of the Abingdon Festival.