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

Exam Results

If anyone has passed Grade exams recently, please let me have the results and I will include them on the next newsletter.

Jack Jones         – Grade 5 Tuba Merit

Congratulations to all our members who have achieved Arts Award Discover this term.

Astley Youth Band/Minshall Music are going to be doing a private ABRSM exam sitting in the summer – please let us know if you would be interested in entering.

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).


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 21st April - Astley Training Band and Astley Youth Band Concert
St. John The Evanglelist C Of E Church, Church St, Farnworth BL4 8AQ

Saturday 29th May and Sunday 30th May- Astley Youth Music Course, open to all under 21's.
Bedford High School, Manchester Road Leigh 10am - 4pm with concert open to all at 3pm Sunday.

Saturday 23rd June Astley Youth Band Concert
Scout and Guide Family Fun Day at St Stephen’s Church, Astley. Arrive 1pm for a 1.30 start. Exact details to follow.

Saturday 30th June Astley Unlimited Band Concert
Monton Methodist Church, Grange Dr, Eccles, Manchester M30 9JG, UK

Saturday 7th July, Astley Youth Band, Astley Unlimited Band  and Unlimited Choir Concert
Dam House - in the evening further details to follow

Monday 9th July Unlimited Band Concert (instead of rehearsal)
Botanical Gardens, Atherton. 1pm - 3pm

Friday 13th July Prizegiving
Leigh Masonic Hall, 7pm

Sunday 15th July Astley Unlimited and Youth Band Concerts
Lytham St Annes
Unlimited Band 1pm - 2pm
Youth Band 3pm - 4pm

Monday 23rd July - Astley Unlimited Band and Choir Trip to Anderton Boat Lift
Anderton Boat Lift,  Lift Lane, Northwich CW9 6FW