Epping Forest Band

Essex based L&SC third section brass band

Proms on the Green 2015

The weather was perfect, the crowd the biggest we've ever seen!

The sun shone down upon Epping on the afternoon of the band's annual Proms on the Green.
MD Keith chose a popular programme for the first half, consisting of modern hits and film music, ranging from 'Let it Go' from the Disney film 'Frozen, which was a hit with our younger audience, through to a selection of ABBA's hits and the chart-topping 'Get Lucky'

Soloist for the afternoon was Soprano Cornet Jean, who entertained us with a classic - 'Over the Rainbow'

Following a welcome refreshment break (for the band!) the second half saw a change of personnel at the front - Assistant MD Andy was at the helm for part 2, whilst Keith took the opportunity to sit in with the tenor horn section and cover the only vacant seat in today's line up (NB: there are any tenor horn players looking for a permanent position, we'd love to hear from you!)

We enjoyed some more popular hits in the second half, followed by the traditional Proms music - Fantasia on British Sea Songs, Jerusalem and, of course, Land of Hope and Glory. A technical hitch meant we didn't have our usual songsheets this year, but the crowd still joined in and waved their flags with great enthusiasm.

The band would like to thank all of our supporters for making our Proms a huge success yet again, and cordially invite you all to our 80th Birthday Celebration Concert on Sat 17th October, 19.30 in Epping St. John's Church, CM16 5DN


President's Concert 2015

Saturday saw the band perform our annual President's Concert when band president Letitia Berry sponsors a concert with proceeds going to chosen charities. This year's charity was the Make a Wish foundation, and we hope to have raised a good sum for them.

The programme consisted of:

Midway March
Bridge over Troubled Water
Over the Rainbow
Pirates of the Caribbean selection
Sir Duke
Let It Go
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Mr Sandman
James Bond

(Is this the way to) Amarillo?
Gabriel's Oboe
Song for Ina
Abba Selection
Fat Bottomed Girls
The American Patrol
Can You Feel the Love Tonight? (from the Lion King)

Hymn of the Highlands 1st Mov Ardross Castle (Highland Cathedral)

Our next concerts will be the Proms on the Green, provisionally booked for 2nd August, and our 80th Birthday Celebration on 17th October. We look forward to seeing you there.

Shelley Frost - Memorial Concert 20th September

Many of you will know Roy Frost, as he has been a part of the brass band scene in London and Essex for many years, and was Epping's principal cornet player for many of those! Roy was often accompanied to concerts and rehearsals by his daughter Shelley, who was a keen member of the audience any time her Dad was playing.

Sadly, Shelley died unexpectedly in April this year, and as a tribute, Roy is organising a concert in her memory.

The concert will take place on Saturday 20th September at 19.30 in St. John's Church, Epping, Essex CM16 5JB.

The band will be members of Harlow and Epping Forest bands, plus other players who have worked with Roy over the years. We are anticipating a massed band of 30+ players, and intend to have a fun evening remembering Shelley and playing some of the music she loved.

We will post a reminder for this concert nearer the date. In the meantime please mail if you want any more details, contact Harlow Brass via their website (www.harlowbrassband.co.uk) or click on the 'contact us' link at the top of our own homepage.

London and Southern Counties Area Contest 2014

London and Southern Counties Area Contest 2014

Today saw the band take part in the London and Southern Counties area competition. This is the most significant contest of the year, as it decides our placing in the Brass Band league tables for the coming year.

Some bands choose not to undertake contests, preferring to concentrate on concert performances, whilst others make contesting their primary function as a band.

Here at Epping we try to strike a balance between the two - contrasting the discipline of preparing a set work for a competition with the challenges of working on music chosen to entertain rather than be judged on.

This year's set work, Chaucer's Tunes by Dr. Michael Ball, consists of movements written to represent various stories to be found in the Canterbury Tales. It's a relatively modern piece compared to some of the test pieces we've played over the last few years, and makes demands of the band's ability to play as a unit ('ensemble playing') as well as being able keep tempos and dynamics under control.

18 bands entered the L&SC second section, and Epping were placed 10th out of 18. This is an improvement on last year's 12th place, and a good result for our first Area contest under our (now not so) new MD, Keith Schroeter.

10th position means we hold our ranking in the middle of the Second Section, a placing which most of us are happy with, as it shows that we can hold our own in competitions, but also allows us to spend our time putting on entertaining concerts throughout the year rather than getting totally caught up in the contesting world.

Obviously next year we will be aiming to beat this year's result - What band wouldn't? - but for now we will be concentrating on preparations for the annual President's Concert on 26th April in St. John's Church - Keep an eye on the website for full details to follow.


Epping appoint new Musical Director

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Keith Schroeter as our new Musical Director.

Keith brings with him a wealth of experience, having worked with bands in the London and Southern Counties area for the last ten years, previously as MD for both Thundersley and Soham Comrades bands.

Coming from a background in the Salvation Army, Keith is a graduate of Salford university, and a long-serving playing member of Zone One Brass.

Commenting on his appointment Keith stated "I am very impressed with the bands outstanding infrastructure and commitment to improving themselves as players and the band as a whole. I'm very much looking forward to working with the band on future contest and concert performances"

We would like to thank Andy Brittin for conducting us through the summer season, including our hugely successful Proms on the Green concert. Andy now returns to the Euphonium section with a sigh of relief.

We would also like to welcome Laura Bailey who has recently joined our cornet section.

Our next contest performance will be the Leicestershire Brass Band Association open contest on 24th November, and don't forget it's our Christmas Concert on Saturday 7th December in St. John's church, Epping.

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