Welcome To The Ampthill Town Brass Band Website

Ampthill Town Brass Band 2022 Leighton Buzzard (Parsons Close) Bandstand

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.

Latest News

Spring Concert

On Sunday 21st May the band performed a selection from our summer music programme in a Spring Concert at Parkside Hall, Ampthill,

Coronation Weekend

A busy Coronation Weekend for the band playing at the Coronation Party In The Park in Flitton on Sunday afternoon 6/5/23, at the Coronation Civic service at St Andrew’s Church in the evening, and then in the Kings Arms Gardens on the Monday afternoon.

Civic Service

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.

More News

Upcoming Engagements

Ampthill Town Band On Stage At Ampthill Proms In The Park

The band has a busy schedule of performances throughout the year supporting local organisations and events

June 2022

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

July 2022

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

August 2022

4th @ 7.30 pm – Houghton Conquest – JigSaw Club

7th @ 2 pm – Ampthill Park

September 2022

11th @ 2 pm – Ampthill Town Square

October 2022

8th @ 2 pm – Ampthill Library

28th @ 2pm – Kings Arms Gardens, Ampthill

November 2022

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

December 2022

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

February 2023

5th @ 2pm – St Andrew’s Church, Ampthill – Civic Service

April 2023

23rd @ 3pm – St Andrew’s Church, Ampthill – Alan Richardson Tribute

May 2023

7th @ 2pm – Flitton Village Hall, Flitton – Coronation Celebrations

7th @ 6pm – St Andrew’s Church, Ampthill – Coronation Service

8th @ 2pm – Kings Arms Gardens, Ampthill – Coronation Celebrations

21st @ 2pm – Parkside Hall, Ampthill – Spring Concert

June 2023

25th @ 12:15pm – Harpur Square Bedford – Armed Forces Day

July 2023

2nd @ 2pm – Ampthill Great Park – Concert

13th @ 7pm – Flitwick Village Hall – Jigsaw Club

15th @ 6.30pm – Ampthill Great Park – Proms In The Park

30th @ 2.30pm – Ampthill Great Park – Concert

August 2023

20th @ 2.30pm – West Bletchley – Bands On The Green

28th @ 2.30pm – Ampthill Great Park – Concert

December 2023

2nd @ 16.30pm – The Horseshoes Pub, Blunham – Blunham Christmas Lights

8th @ 7pm – Flitton Church – Christmas Concert

10th @ 2pm – Parkside Hall, Ampthill – Christmas Concert

Our History

Ampthill Town band Historic Photo Date Unknown

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.

Our Players

Ampthill Town Band 2022 Conductor Mark Lowe

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/ ConductorMark Lowe
Soprano CornetRosemary Fisher
Principal CornetLouis Sherry
Solo CornetsDavid Fisher
Jackie Pratt
Philip Hardy
Gary Wood
Repiano CornetThomas Lee
2nd CornetsPaul Roberts
Laura Boughton
3rd CornetsVictoria Paulding
Vito Kidman
Flugel HornSteve Hill
Solo HornRachel Bartholomew
1st HornHenry Stoney
2nd HornRuth Robinson
1st BaritonePaul Miller
2nd BaritonePeter Thompson
1st EuphoniumClare Stoney
2nd EuphoniumLuigi Kidman
Solo TromboneLeighton Jones
2nd TromboneChristopher Wilson
Bass TromboneGeoff Pratt
E flat BassJoe Morris
Jim Mallams
Sue Bell
Rosie Cartwright
B flat BassTony Huckle

Band Officials:

Secretary: Paul Miller

Treasurer: Leighton Jones

Chairman: Jim Mallams

Band Manager: Geoff Pratt

Librarian: Rosemary Fisher

Safeguarding Officer: Rachel Bartholomew

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