Epping Forest Band

Essex based L&SC third section brass band

Record-breaking crowd at Proms on the Green!

Thanks to everyone who turned out to support our Proms on the Green concert today.  The weather was good to us, and it was great to see so many of you there.

We have put some photos of the event up on the website, and you can see from them that, without a doubt, today's audience was our largest ever for the Proms, and the band really enjoyed the afternoon. It's so cheering for us to have a 'full house' to play to, as it makes all the hard work and preparation seem worthwhile.

The playlist (for anyone who wants to know) was:

Barnard Castle
All Through the Night
Rhapsody on Negro Spirituals No.1
One Voice
Trumpeter's Lullaby
Confection for Brass
Padstow Lifeboat

Cha Cha for Band
Ticket to Ride
American Trilogy
DIsney Fantasy
Bouquet de Paris
Fantasy on British Sea Songs
Pomp and Circumstance No. 1
Encore: Amparito Roca

Special thanks to Viv Kelly and Neil Connell who sat in with us to cover our own players who are on holiday, and to Sarah Bell who played 2nd Euphonium whilst our usual 2nd Euph conducted the concert.

We are, as ever, indebted to James Miller for his vocal contribution and (on this occasion) compering skills and to Andy Brittin who put together the programme and acted as our Musical Director for the afternoon.

The band hope to appoint a new permanent MD very soon - Andy does not want the position as he would miss playing too much - We are currently auditioning potential candidates, so watch this space, as we will announce the new appointment here.

Band AGM and news

Band AGM tonight - A good turnout and a productive meeting at which we were delighted to welcome Band President Letitia Berry. The existing committee were unanimously voted back in for another year, and we are grateful to the band for this clear mandate as it reassures us that our decisons and actions have the backing of the whole playing membership.

Our aims for the coming year are to find a new MD who shares our vision, get a decent result on to the contest stage in 2014 and continue to entertain the local community. We're preparing for a couple of performances around Epping as part of the 'I Love Epping' festival, and putting together a programme our own Proms concert, taking place from 3-5pm on Sunday 4th August.


Update - The Search for our next MD!

We've now advertised for a new Musical Director, and hope to start seeing prospective candidates over the next few weeks....

The Band Room has been tidied, music has been organised and we're good to go!

We've also got a couple of upcoming appearances in Epping, as part of the Epping Festival (I Love Epping).

New website, new beginnings...

Welcome to the new-look website!

It's a good time for us to have a revamp, as there are significant exciting changes going on within the band too. Musical Director Denis Desmond, who has conducted the band since 2009 has tendered his resignation to the band with immediate effect. We wish Denis well in his future ventures, and can never thank him enough for the hard work and dedication he has shown over the last 4 years.

We are in the process of recruiting a new MD, and a link for anyone interested in applying is on the website. 

In the meantime, Bandmaster Andy Brittin will be taking rehearsals and conducting us at any engagements until the new MD is appointed.

The band are currently preparing for some performances as part of the Epping festival, including an evening in our own Band Room on Tidy's Lane where we will throw the rehearsal on Monday 1st July open to the public to come and watch how we prepare pieces for performance.

We welcome feedback, both on the band in general and more specifically on our new website. There is a contact form on the homepage and we look forward to hearing from some of you, whether you be a newcomer to the Epping Forest Band, or one of our many loyal supporters.
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