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The Concert Band is made up of brass, woodwind and percussion. The history of the band is quite long since it was founded on the 16 th of October 1986. From small beginnings it has grown to over 30 regular players who work under the direction of Bob Howe, who is an accomplished musician himself.
Bob has an extensive military musical background as a warrant officer,WO2, in the Light Infantry of the Burma Band where he worked for 15 years as a Band Sergeant Major. His responsibilities included, conducting, orchestration and performance. His skill and experience are entirely responsible for the increasingly high standard of performance the band achieves today.
Our aim is to make a significant contribution in the community for players and non-players. Musicians of all standards are welcome and will soon find their skills growing, being fostered by the creative and supportive environment of the band.
Bob has created a well-organised and extensive library enabling him to provide a wide range of music. This includes classical, pop, film, dance etc. both recent or not - the best arrangements are guaranteed. Musical variety is fabulous and ensures there’s something for everyone.
The band rehearses every Wednesday evening between 7.30 and 9.30 at Hurworth Grange which is about 4 miles from Darlington. New players are always appreciated!
At the moment we have particular vacancies for a drummer/percussionist and tuba.
If you play any band instrument and enjoy music then please don’t hesitate – give us a call – all ages and abilities will be given a warm welcome. There is no charge to join the band but many members have chosen to join a weekly £1 draw, which goes towards hall fees etc. Rehearsals are conducted in the comfort of Hadwin hall, Hurworth Grange. There is good parking and a great little bar.
Once home to three bandstands, one at the pier head, one in the Valley Gardens and one in Hazel Grove, all now lost, a long campaign was fought by local people, in particular the Saltburn 500 Club to bring a bandstand back to the town.
In July 1997 after years of fund raising and a National Lottery Grant for £63,500, the Bandstand,which was designed by Peter Fenton, a well known local architect, was opened.
The Bandstand also boasts decorative security screens made by local wrought ironsmith James Godbold who has a forge in the village of Egton, North Yorkshire. Every year free band concerts are held between May and September. Volunteers from the Saltburn 500 Club work hard to raise money to maintain the bandstand and organise the concerts with support from Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council and Saltburn, Marske and New Marske Parish Council.
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