Our first concert of 2023! We're back by popular demand for a concert at St Lawrence Church in Abbots Langley. Join us for a night of musicals and epic film themes.Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.
Enormous congratulations to all the players involved and a special shout out to our Musical Director, Ian Graves,
for all his hard work, perserverance and dedication to helping us achieve this result.
Thank you everyone for your support for us at this contest and cheering us on. We've been working hard on this for months and can be so proud of ourselves with this result! Onwards and upwards!
See you at the National Finals in September!
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Exciting opportunity for brass band musicians! Do you play a brass band instrument? Do you want to join a fun, friendly band local to you? We have vacancies for cornet, horn, trombone, Bb bass, tuned and kit percussionists. We would also welcome anyone who wants to join or just wants to come along for a rehearsal.
The band is available to play at nearly every occasion, from garden parties and light background music to concerts. Contact us to book the band for an event, or have a look at our upcoming events and come and see us for yourself! For any ticketed events that we've organised, e.g. concerts, you can buy your tickets here.
The Watford Band is a friendly, amateur brass band based in Watford in the North West of London. Over 100 years old, we maintain an active schedule of performances alongside regular rehearsals and social events where we play a large range of music from pop arrangements and film scores to classic brass band pieces.
The brass band is something more than a body of [people] gathered together for self-enjoyment. The primary reason for its existence will, of course, be a desire for the practice of good music, but if it is wise, and if it is just, it will make itself a force in the social life of its town or village ... and will gather around it all that is best in its community.
Brass Band News, November 1955
"I'm playing all the right notes, but not necessarily in the right order!"
Eric Morecambe, Comedian
"Sing everything, everything, everything! It is the voice that gives way to the development of one's 'voice' on any instrument"
Wycliffe Gordon, Jazz Trombonist
"If you want to change your playing for the better, make some adjustments to [your] routine. Within a short time - or in some case, immediately - you're a better player."
Jeffrey Curnow, Trumpet, Philadelphia Orchestra
"Remember that success and failure coexist side-by-side and feed off eachother. You cannot have one without the other. You cannot learn without making mistakes. Learn how to convert mistakes into nearer and nearer misses."
John Wallace, Trumpet, Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama
"Brass has a very distinct sound. It's delicate but powerful, but it's also melancholic and plaintive"
Johann Johannsson, Composer
The band are very grateful to Watford council for sponsoring the purchase of our band jackets
Registered charity number 1105301