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Within the organisation we have 4 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

From September 2019, we are offering the following monthly payments as an alternative to weekly subs.

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

Multiple ensembles (eg Unlimited Band and Unlimited Choir) costs £16 per month or £18.50 if you hire an AYB instrument.

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.

Formal 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

Monday 9th September
Astley Unlimited Choir and Astley Unlimited Band restart rehearsals
Astley Unlimited Choir 10:00 - 11:00
Astley Unlimited Band 11:30- 1:00pm

Thursday 12th September
Astley Training Band and Astley Youth Band restart rehearsals
Astley Training Band 6:30 - 7:30
Astley Youth Band 6:45 - 8:45

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