The band was formed in 1998 when woodwind were invited into the Blackwell Brass Band to encourage further growth. Since these humble beginnings it has gone on to reach its current strength of around 55 players.
There are a wide range of players in the band of varying experience and calibre. The repertoire includes marches, jazz, calypso, blues, pop, rock, film scores and more.
The band has participated in an increasing number of events in recent years as demand has grown for their services. Each year the band performs at local parks, garden centres, and boating as well as beer festivals. They also take part in 'Wizzafest', a music festival whose proceeds go to Macmillan Cancer Support, the band's chosen charity for the past few years. The band have raised to date over £5,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support, as well as helping other charities such as Royal British Legion on a regular basis.
Blackwell Concert Band have a training band for children and adult beginners, roughly grades 0-3. This is led by Craig Sproston, our 1st trombone, professional teacher and conductor. The band have been together for a couple of years and play with the senior band at various bandstand and other events.
Rehearsals take place weekly from 6.30-7.15pm, and once a month with the senior band 7-7.50pm. We are looking for more members so please do contact us if this sounds of interest.
Originally the Abbey Grounds, the park is very close to the main part of the town and provides a fresh green setting for this historic but still vibrant Abbey.
The park has lovely mature trees including a tree carving sculpture and plenty of open grass area. There is a children's play area, a children's water play area and also a skate park.
The bandstand, which officially opened on the 28th November 2010, came about due to Pershore Youth Council who in September 2009 took the idea of a youth shelter to Pershore Town Council and after consideration chose a bandstand as it would serve a dual purpose.
The Town Clerk from Pershore and the Parks Officer from Wychavon District Council worked together on the project. The Youth Council raised some of the money by holding a music festival and other activities, and the Town Clerk successfully sought a variety of other funders, as can be seen from the panel inside the shelter.
Anyone wishing to hold a band concert in the park during the summer should contact the Pershore Town Clerk on 01386 561561.
Whilst every effort goes into ensuring this gig listing is accurate and up to date, always check with the venue before you travel.