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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

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.