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

Silsoe Lower School Autumn Fair

The band will be performing at Silsoe Lower School Autumn Fair on Saturday, 23rd September form midday – 2 pm.

Kings Arms Garden

We will be returning to the Kings Arms Garden in Ampthill on Sunday, 24th September, performing between 2pm – 4pm.

Christmas Is Coming

The band kicks of its busy Christmas 2023 season of performances with the Christmas Event at Frosts Willington on 3rd November 5pm.

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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

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

September 2023

23rd @ 2.00pm – Silsoe Lower School, Silsoe – School Fete

24th @ 2pm – Kings Arms Gardens, Ampthill

November 2023

3rd @ 5.00pm – Frosts, Willington – Christmas Event

12th @ 10.00am – Ampthill – Remembrance Parade

12th @ 2.00pm – Flitwick – Remembrance Parade

18th @ 11.00am – Frosts, Woburn Sands – Christmas Carols

26th @ 16.30pm – Flitwick – Christmas Lights

December 2023

2nd @ 2.00pm – St Andrews Church, Ampthill – Christmas Tree Festival

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

3rd @ 16.00pm – The Green, Clophill – Clophill Christmas Lights

8th @ 12pm – Cranfield University, Cranfield – Private Function

8th @ 7pm – St John The Baptist Church, Flitton – Christmas Concert

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

16th @ All Day – Waitrose, Ampthill – Christmas Carols

19th @ 6pm – Market Square, Ampthill – Carols Around The Christmas Tree

24th @ 6pm – St Andrews Church, Ampthll – 9 Lessons And Carols

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 CornetLaura Boughton
Victoria Paulding
2nd CornetsPaul Roberts
3rd CornetsVito Kidman
Flugel HornSteve Hill
Solo HornRachel Bartholomew
1st HornHenry Stoney
2nd HornRuth Robinson
1st BaritonePaul Miller
2nd BaritonePeter Thompson
1st EuphoniumLuigi Kidman
2nd EuphoniumClare Stoney
Solo TromboneLeighton Jones
2nd TromboneChristopher Wilson
Bass TromboneGeoff Pratt
Kiera Bird
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

Librarian: Rosemary Fisher

Safeguarding Officer: Victoria Paulding

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