Welcome To The Ampthill Town Brass Band Website
Ampthill Town Band are a friendly, non-contesting brass band that has been supporting and entertaining the communities of Ampthill and surrounding villages for over 180 years.
Our players are of all ages and abilities and band rehearsals usually take place on Tuesday evenings (7.30pm – 9.30pm) at Ampthill Baptist Church.
New and visiting players are always welcome.
The band can be booked for a variety of public and private events and performs a busy programme of engagements throughout the year, such as school and village fetes, church services, carols, charity fund raising events and entertainment concerts.
If you are interested in becoming a member of the band, would like to attend a rehearsal, or would like to book the band for an engagement please contact our band secretary.
The band recently performed for the Mayor’s Civic Service Ceremony at St Andrew’s Church Ampthill where we were immensely proud to see our principal cornet player Louis Sherry receive an award for his service to the community over many years.
Happy New Year
Happy New Year to all our supporters and friends. A very busy and successful 2022 comes to an end and we look forward to 2023 being another great year for the band.
4 Members of Ampthill Town Band had the honour of playing carols on Christmas Eve to entertain the residents of Richmond Manor care Home in Ampthill.
The band has a busy schedule of performances throughout the year supporting local organisations and events
27th @ 2 pm – Kings Arm’s Garden, Ampthill
22nd @ 3 pm – Richmond Manor, Ampthill
2nd @ 8 pm – Ampthill Park – Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Beacon Lighting
4th @ 1 pm – Flitton Village Hall – Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Fete
5th @ 7 pm – St Andrews Church, Ampthill – Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Service
26th @2 pm – Bletchley – Bands On The Green
3rd @ 4 pm – Ampthill Park – Gala Day
15th @ 12 pm – Stewartby – Covanta Open Day
15th @ 12 pm – Stewartby – Covanta Open Day
17th @3 pm – Leighton Buzzard BandStand
4th @ 7.30 pm – Houghton Conquest – JigSaw Club
7th @ 2 pm – Ampthill Park
11th @ 2 pm – Ampthill Town Square
8th @ 2 pm – Ampthill Library
28th @ 2pm – Kings Arms Gardens, Ampthill
13th @ 10 am – St Andrew’s Church & Alameda, Ampthill – Remembrance Service
13th @ 3 pm – Flitwick Town Centre – Remembrance Service
27th @ 4.30 pm – Clophill Village Green – Christmas Lights Switch On
27th @ 5 pm – Flitwick Town centre – Christmas Lights Switch On
3rd @ 2pm – St Andrew’s Church, Ampthill – Christmas Tree Festival
3rd @ 4.30pm – Blunham – Christmas Lights Switch On
7th @ 12.15pm – Cranfield University – Christmas Party (Private Function)
8th @ 3.15pm – Harlington Lower School – Christmas Carols
9th @ 7pm – Flitton Church – Christmas Carol Concert
11th @ 2pm – Parkside Hall, Ampthill – Christmas Concert (with Parkside Singers)
17th @ 10am-5pm – Waitrose Supermarket, Ampthill – Christmas Carols
18th @ 5.30pm – St Andrew’s Church, Ampthill – Nine Lessons and Carols Service
19th @ 6.15pm- Town Square, Ampthill – Carols Around The Christmas Tree
5th @ 2pm – St Andrew’s Church, Ampthill – Civic Service
23rd @ 3pm – St Andrew’s Church, Ampthill – Alan Richardson Tribute
7th @ 2pm – Flitton Village Hall, Flitton – Coronation Celebrations
7th @ 6pm – St Andrew’s Church, Ampthill – Coronation Service
8th @ 3pm – Kings Arms Gardens, Ampthill – Coronation Celebrations
25th @ 12:15pm – Harpur Square Bedford – Armed Forces Day
13th @ 7pm – Flitwick Village Hall – Jigsaw Club
15th @ 6.30pm – Ampthill Great Park – Proms In The Park
20th @ 2.30pm – West Bletchley – Bands On The Green
2nd @ 16.30pm – The Horseshoes Pub, Blunham – Blunham Christmas Lights
8th @ 7pm – Flitton Church – Christmas Concert
The band has its origins in a chamber ensemble formed in the 1840’s, allegedly to celebrate a royal visit to the town. By the end of the 19th century this had metamorphosed into a brass and woodwind band. By the 1930’s, cornets displaced clarinets and a brass band emerged.
The band today serves the local community by providing music services for local occasions, such as the Remembrance Parade, Christmas Carols around the Christmas tree and in St Andrews on Christmas Eve, as well as school and village fetes. Having played in the inaugural Ampthill Proms in the Park in 2009 we have played in each one since.
The first performance of the band outside the British Isles was in 2016 at Nissan-lez-Enserune, situated in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of France where the Band participated in an exchange trip to Ampthill’s official twin town.
The band’s musical director is Mark Lowe. Mark is an experienced euphonium player, having graduated from Birmingham Conservatoire with a Master in Performance and he has conducted a range of ensembles, especially brass bands. He has been a peripatetic brass teacher for over 10 years and recently relocated to Bedfordshire.
|Musical Director/ Conductor||Mark Lowe|
|Soprano Cornet||Rosemary Fisher|
|Principal Cornet||Louis Sherry|
|Solo Cornets||David Fisher|
|Repiano Cornet||Thomas Lee|
|2nd Cornets||Paul Roberts|
|3rd Cornets||Victoria Paulding|
|Flugel Horn||Steve Hill|
|Solo Horn||Rachel Bartholomew|
|1st Horn||Henry Stoney|
|2nd Horn||Ruth Robinson|
|1st Baritone||Paul Miller|
|2nd Baritone||Peter Thompson|
|1st Euphonium||Clare Stoney|
|2nd Euphonium||Luigi Kidman|
|Solo Trombone||Leighton Jones|
|2nd Trombone||Christopher Wilson|
|Bass Trombone||Geoff Pratt|
|E flat Bass||Joe Morris|
|B flat Bass||Tony Huckle|
Secretary: Paul Miller
Treasurer: Leighton Jones
Chairman: Jim Mallams
Band Manager: Geoff Pratt
Librarian: Rosemary Fisher
Safeguarding Officer: Rachel Bartholomew