Enderby Apprentice Band - Debut Performance
The newly formed Enderby Apprentice Band performed their first public performance at Newbold Verdon Methodist Church on 20th May 2017, where they shared the concert with the Enderby Wind Band.
Since the band formed on 5th April they have been working hard for 5 weeks on two pieces, The Flintstones and Yesterday. Many of them had never played publically before and some nerves were present in the warm up, but when the time came wowed the audience, including members of their own families playing exceptionally well. The players now have big ambitions of performing again in the future. To mark the occasion, each of the players present at the concert, were awarded a commemorative certificate.
The band was formed to expand the opportunities for players in the area. There was not a band that could accommodate young or returning woodwind players, or brass players wanting to play in a wind band, who are not yet at the standard to perform in more advanced ensembles. The Enderby Wind Band established the Apprentice Band, for players in the early stages of their musical development or for returning players, who have played previously and want to get back into playing. The band’s mantra is to support players to gain the confidence and skills to play as part of a larger ensemble, so that one day they will be able to progress onto playing in the Wind Band. Some of the members are members of the Wind Band and are learning new instruments.
The band currently has 10 members including 1 Flute, 3 Clarinets, 3 Alto Saxophones, 2 Trombones, 1 Trumpet and 1 Drummer.
The Apprentice Band is open to Woodwind and Brass players, we do however ask that players have their own instruments and can read music to a standard of Grade 1 – or working towards it. Unfortunately we are unable to teach players, but we do have experienced members of the Wind Band on hand to help out. The band focuses on learning the skills required to play as a group.
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