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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

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 4th, 11th and 18th April
No Training Band or Youth Band rehearsals due to Easter holiday.

Monday 15th and 22nd April
No Unlimited Choir or Band rehearsals

Monday 6th May
No Unlimited Choir or Band rehearsals- Bank Holiday

Monday 27th May
No Unlimited Choir or Band rehearsals- Bank Holiday

Thursday 30th May
No Training Band or Youth Band rehearsals due to May half term.

Saturday 15th June
Unlimited Band concert at Monton Methodist Church

Saturday 6th July
Youth Band, Unlimited Band and Unlimited Choir concert at Dam House, Astley

Thursday 18th July
Last Training Band and Youth Band rehearsal before summer break.

Friday 19th July
Prizegiving

Monday 22nd July
Last Unlimited rehearsal before summer break

Tuesday 20th - Sunday 25th August
Jersey Tour

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