Brecon Town Concert Band is a community based wind band that was formed in 1967. The current band comprises about 70 musicians of all age ranges and abilities who enjoy making music together. All woodwind, brass and percussion players are welcome to join the Band which rehearses every Monday evening between 7 and 9 pm at "The Studio", Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon. There is level access and a large car park.
The Band performs between 15 and 25 engagements each year and regularly performs at Brecon; Llanigon; and Sennybridge Shows; the Victorian Festival, Llandrindod Wells. Most of the music we perform outdoors has a strong rhythmic beat. The Band regularly performs carols in Bethel Square, Brecon in the weeks before Christmas.
In 1998, following a performance at the Victorian Festival, the Band were invited to perform at an International Band festival in Koude de Kerke, amjn de Rijn, Holland. The Band performed three concerts at the Festival and have continued to tour abroad on a fairly regular basis, giving performances in Valkenburg; Maastricht; Ostend, Brugges, Ypres, Antwerp and Amsterdam. In 2006 the Band were the guests of Disneyland, Paris for the first "Wales in Wonderland" Festival where the Band performed twice. In October 2009 the Band performed on the Glanfa stage in the Wales Millennium Centre. Some of the performance can be viewed on "youtube". In the same year the Band performed for Prince Charles when he visited Brecon. In 2012 as part of the Diamond Jubilee, the Band performed for HM The Queen at the "Diamonds in the Park" celebrations in Glanusk Park. When the Duchess of Cornwall visited Brecon later in the year, the Band performed for her outside Theatr Brycheiniog.
In the late 90s, the Band was successful in applying for "Lottery" funding through the Arts Council of Wales. The applications were backed by both Brecon Town Council and Powys County Council. The funding enabled the Band to purchase a complete, new set of instruments, some suitable for beginners and the others for the more accomplished musician. All the instruments, which are insured by the Band, are available free of charge to band members.
Ten of our younger musicians, who have grown up with the Band, have gone on to read music at University, many with the use of high quality Band instruments.
The annual membership fee is only £35 and this includes, the use of an instrument; all music; a Band music satchel and polo shirt.
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