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Within the organisation we now have 5 ensembles:
• Astley Training Band
• Astley Youth Band
• Astley Unlimited Beginner 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 Beginner Band     Monday 11.30-12pm St Stephen’s Church             £3 per session
• Astley Unlimited Choir                   Monday 10am-11am St Stephen’s Church             £3 per session

Jersey 2019

Next summer we are planning to take 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

Thursday 11th October
Astley Youth Band Open Evening (normal rehearsal night at Bedford)- including special guest tutors. It would be
great if we could have full attendance from members and bring a friend if you can!

Monday 22nd October
Unlimited will run as usual (no break for half term).
Children are very welcome to come along to rehearsal and join in with choir or band free of charge.

Thursday 25th October
No Training Band or Youth Band (half term holiday)

Sunday 28th October
Unlimited Choir Concert at Gorton Monastery – Likely to be afternoon, Sue will send choir more details.

Friday 9th November
Youth Band, Unlimited Band & Unlimited Choir Concert at St Mary the Virgin’s Church Leigh WN7 5EQ.
Arrive 7pm. Start 7.30pm. Finish 9.30pm. Formal uniform.

Saturday 1st December
Unlimited Band at Astley & Tyldesley Methodist Church M29 8HZ.
Arrive 7pm. Start 7.30pm. Finish 9.30pm. Formal uniform.

Thursday 6th December
EVERYONE – Training Band, Youth Band, Unlimited Band and Unlimited Choir. Christmas concert at St John’s
Church, Atherton M46 0DD. Arrive 6.30pm. Start 7pm. Finish 9pm. Formal uniform.

Thursday 13th December
No Training Band or Youth Band – Rehearsals start back on 10th January.

Saturday 15th December
Unlimited Band and Choir, Dam House Carols M29 7TX. Arrive 4.45pm. Start 5pm. 7pm Finish. Wrap up warm!

Monday 17th December
Unlimited Band at Atherton & Tyldesley Botanical Gardens M46 9AE. Arrive 12.30pm. Start 1pm. Finish 3pm.
Formal Uniform.

Tuesday 18th December
Training Band at Boothstown Methodist Primary School. Arrive 6pm. Start 6.30pm. Finish 7.30pm. Formal
Uniform

Thursday 20th December
Youth Band, Unlimited Band and Unlimited Choir ‘Carols Round the Tree’, Higher Green Lane, Astley M29 7JB.
Arrive 7pm, Start 7.30pm, Finish 8.15pm (optional round the pubs afterwards). Polo shirts and wrap up warm!

Monday 24th December
Youth Band and Unlimited Band, Crib Service at St Stephen’s Church Astley M29 7BT.
Arrive 2.45pm. Start 3pm. Finish 5pm. Polo shirts, black trousers/black shoes.

Dates to be confirmed
9th, 16th, 22nd & 23rd December – Tesco Caroling, Youth Band, Unlimited Band and Choir (Training Band
welcome to come and collect). We will be doing 2-hour sign up slots for each caroling day.