The Band’s History
In 1972, under the direction of Graham Parkin, a teacher at Alvaston Junior School, a community band was established made up of parents and children from the school, along with guest players. Over time, and as families moved on, the band lost its association with the school and relocated to Wilmorton College under the name Alvaston Concert Band. This gave rise to a partnership with the previous musical director, Martyn Ford. Later, the band moved from Wilmorton College, to begin rehearsing at St Benedict Catholic School and it was here that, growing in stature, it changed its name to the Derby Concert Band.
About the Band
The band, now very experienced, plays at many local venues and is known for its continued vibrancy and diversity. Having spent several years rehearsing at Derby Moor School and over a decade at the now closed Derby Engineers Club on Osmaston Road, the band now rehearse at The Royal British Legion in Allestree.
We are completely self-supporting and have our own committee which raises finances through modest monthly subscriptions, alongside revenue from concert performances.
The type of music played by The Derby Concert Band is selected to suit all tastes, and includes traditional band ensemble music, film, television and theatre themes, classical repertoire and big band jazz, which produces an exciting blend for the discerning listener.
Membership currently stands at around 50 players of all age ranges. The band is very rich in abilities and experience, including school students, players with professional backgrounds and those with vocational interests. New players are always welcome to add their expertise to an already flourishing organisation.
The band constantly seeks out new and challenging material, allowing us to play highly entertaining, yet sophisticated music. Our aim is to entertain to a high standard in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
Flute: Victoria Cartwright, Stephanie Clarke, Sophia Feret, Helen Goodall-Dance, David Hooley, Rachel House, Katie Jarman, Julia Pooley, Katy Sacre, Catherine Willis
Oboe: Judy Harrison
Clarinet (Bb): Geraldine Ballard, Nicholas Brusby, Jenny Butters, Martina Englefield, Tom Forino, Joanne Freebury, Anita French, Christine Gaunt, Franklyn Helliwell, John Hopkinson, Sally Page, Deborah Stenson, Shelley Thompson, Zoe Varney, Claire Weston
Clarinet (Bass): David Brooke, Rachel Reilly
Bassoon: Ian MacDonald, Rob McVey
Sax (alto): Emma Bamford, Guy Freeman, Judy McCulloch
Sax (tenor): Colin Atkinson, Steve Meakins, Jane Taylor, Gill Wroughton
Sax (bari): Ruth Golton, Alex Mills-Bell
Trumpet: Ashleigh Haynes, Steve Hill, Thomas Jones, Alistair Walker
Trombone: Simon Aston, Andy Denton, Angela Griffiths, Claire Macrae, Edward Richardson
French Horn: Lynda Benson, Graham Geary, Chris Pooley
Euphonium: Garvin Clennell, Maggie Steel
Tuba: Emma Palmer
Bass: Tony Gordon, Marilyn Toone
Percussion: June Hartley, Ben Marples, Emma Stafford