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 read maths at Portsmouth University where he was Director for the university big band and Assistant Conductor for the wind band. Whilst at university Neil played for many bands, including Portsmouth and Chichester University Symphony Orchestras, pit bands for various shows, the Dave Pearson Big Band, Woodfalls Brass Band, and Otterbourne Brass Band who competed at the 2012 National Brass Band Finals.
Neil recently played Bass Trombone for Wantage Brass Band in the National Brass Band Championships at the Royal Albert Hall in 2016 and Tuba for Kidlington Concert Brass in the 2017 First Section National Brass Band Championships where the band came 3rd. He currently holds the position of Musical Director for Towcester Studio Band and in three years of leading the band at competitions has won 4 of them. Neil has conducted other groups including Olney Brass Band, Brackley Brass Band, Daventry Brass Band, Kidlington Brass Band, Northampton Concert Band, Northampton Symphony Orchestra and Charity Symphony Orchestra amongst others.
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.