Newsletter

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.

Jason Jon Ward         – Grade 6 Euphonium Merit
Annalisa Nongpluh   – Grade 1 Tenor Horn Distinction
Alex Carr                  – Grade 1 Trombone Distinction

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.

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 17th February - Astley Unlimited Band and Astley Unlimited Choir Concert
St Stephen's Church, Astley Arrive 7pm for a 7:30pm start.

Saturday 17th February and Sunday 18th February - 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.