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Within the organisation we now have 5 ensembles:
• Astley Training Band
• Astley Youth Band
• Astley Unlimited Band
• Astley Unlimited Choir

The groups rehearse at the following times and venues during school term time:
• Astley Training Band                     Thursday 6.30-7.30pm Bedford High School          £2 per session
• Astley Youth Band                         Thursday 6.30pm-8.45pm Bedford High School     £3 per session
• Astley Unlimited Band                   Monday 11.30am-1pm St Stephen’s Church           £4 per session
• Astley Unlimited Choir                   Monday 10am-11am St Stephen’s Church             £3 per session

Subscriptions

We have decided that the new standing order subscriptions will start in September 2019.

From September, we will be offering the following monthly payments as an alternative to weekly subs.

Training Band will cost £5 per month or £7.50 if you hire an AYB instrument.
Youth Band will cost £7.50 per month or £10 if you hire an AYB instrument.
Unlimited Band will cost £10 per month or £12.50 if you hire an AYB instrument
Unlimited Choir will cost £7.50 per month.

Before we finish for the summer we will give everyone a form with instructions as to how to set up a standing order.

Summer Brass Course

We have decided to hold another brass course. This will be on Thursday 25th & Friday 26th July, 9.30am-3.30pm at Boothstown Methodist Primary School. The course is open to brass and percussion players under the age on 21. This will give the training band and youth band a really good chance to develop some new music so we would appreciate it if current members could attend. To book your place visit: www.eventbrite.co.uk and search ‘AYB Summer Brass Course’.

Jersey 2019

This summer we are taking Astley Tour Band AND Astley Tour Choir to Jersey for a 5 night trip from Tuesday 20th - Sunday 25th August 2019. The trip is open to everyone. For those who haven't been on tour with us before we travel in family groups so all under 18's will need to be accompanied by a parent/guardian. For further details regarding hotels and flights which are available NOW, please get in touch with the band by emailing AstleyYouthBand .

Communication
 
All day-to-day communication re Astley Youth Band is done by email. Please email AstleyYouthBand if you are not already on the mailing list.
 
Recruiting new band members
 
We would very much like to recruit some new Training Band members this year, as well as players of Grade 2 standard and above to join Youth Band. If you have friends at school or in your local area who play instruments, please give them a copy of the AYB leaflet (on the bottom of the About AYB page). If you can think of anywhere to display the leaflet, such as schools, shops, libraries etc, please do so. The survival and continued success of the band depends on a constant intake of new players each year. We have plenty of instruments available for band members to borrow free of charge (£30 insurance payable per year).

Uniform

Below is what we require players to wear.

Astley Training Band & Astley Youth Band:
• Black shoes (smart-no trainers)
• Black socks/tights
• Black trousers/skirts (smart-no jeans)
• Long sleeved white school shirt
• Red AYB waistcoat (provided by AYB)
• Black bow tie (provided by AYB)

Astley Unlimited Band:
• Black shoes
• Black socks/tights
• Black trousers/skirts
• Women – Smart white tops
• Men - White shirts
• Men – Black suit jacket
• Men – AUB straight tie (provided by AYB)

Dates for Your Diary

Saturday 15th June
Unlimited Band concert at Monton Methodist Church 7pm for a 7:30pm start, formal uniform

Saturday 22nd June
Youth Band concert at Astley Scout and Guides Fun Day
St Stephen’s Church, Astley, Youth Band, Arrive 1.15pm, Start playing 1.45pm, 2.45pm finish.

Sunday 23rd June
Training Band  concert at St John’s Farnworth
Arrive 2.30pm, Start 3pm. Formal Uniform.

Thursday 4th July
Youth Band concert at St John’s Atherton. Arrive 6.30pm, Start 7pm. Formal Uniform.

Saturday 6th July
Youth Band, Unlimited Band and Unlimited Choir concert at Dam House, Astley
Arrive 6pm. Start 6.30pm. Youth Band will perform in the first half and Unlimited Band in the second half; choir will join us for some last of the proms songs at the end. Formal Uniform.

Sunday 14th July
Unlimited and Youth Band Performances in the afternoon at Lytham St Annes Brass at the Seaside
Unlimited Band to arrive at 12.45pm, 1pm start. Youth Band to arrive 2.45pm, 3pm start. Polo shirts and black trousers.

Thursday 18th July
Last Training Band and Youth Band rehearsal before summer break.

Friday 19th July
All ensembles - Prizegiving
Leigh Masonic Hall – Arrive 6.30pm, Start 7pm.

Sunday 21st July
Training Band in the afternoon at the St Ann's Hospice, Little Hulton Summer Fair.
Arrive 12.45pm, Perform 1pm (Youth Band helpers welcome). Formal uniform.

Monday 22nd July
Last Unlimited rehearsal before summer break

Thursday 25th & Friday 26th July
AYB Summer Brass Course, Boothstown Methodist Primary School,  9.30am-3.30pm

Thursday 8th August
Tour Band/Choir rehearsal at St Stephen’s Church. Choir 6pm, Band 7pm. 

Monday 12th August
Tour Band/Choir rehearsal at St Stephen’s Church. Choir 6pm, Band 7pm.

Saturday 17th August
Tour Band/Choir rehearsal at St Stephen’s Church. Choir 3pm, Band 4pm.

Tuesday 20th - Sunday 25th August
Jersey Tour

Saturday 2nd November
25th Anniversary concert and celebration at Leigh Sports Village.