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.
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.
- Christmas Concert
Not long now to the annual Ampthill Band Christmas Concert at Parkside Hall, Ampthill- this year featuring Harlington, Sundon and Silsoe lower school choirs.
Sunday 10th December ,2.30 pm.
ALL TICKETS NOW SOLD OUT!
- Remembrance Sunday
The band were once again proudly supporting both Ampthill and Flitwick Remembrance Day Commemorations on Sunday 12/11/2023 with the last post played at Ampthill by the band solo cornet player David Fisher.
The band has a busy schedule of performances throughout the year supporting local organisations and events
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 @ 2pm – Kings Arms Gardens, Ampthill – Coronation Celebrations
21st @ 2pm – Parkside Hall, Ampthill – Spring Concert
25th @ 12:15pm – Harpur Square Bedford – Armed Forces Day
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
20th @ 2.30pm – West Bletchley – Bands On The Green
28th @ 2.30pm – Ampthill Great Park – Concert
23rd @ 2.00pm – Silsoe Lower School, Silsoe – School Fete
24th @ 2pm – Kings Arms Gardens, Ampthill
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
25th @ 5.00pm – Woburn – Christmas Lights
26th @ 16.30pm – Flitwick – Christmas Lights
1st @ 5.00pm – Frank Moran Centre Bletchley – Bletchley Christmas Lights
2nd @ 2.00pm – St Andrews Church, Ampthill – Christmas Tree Festival
3rd @ 16.00pm – The Green, Clophill – Clophill Christmas Lights
8th @ 7.00pm – St John The Baptist Church, Flitton – Christmas Concert
10th @ 2.00pm – Parkside Hall, Ampthill – Christmas Concert
16th @ All Day – Waitrose, Ampthill – Christmas Carols
17th @ 1.00pm – Bedford, Harpur Square – Christmas Carols
19th @ 6.00pm – Market Square, Ampthill – Carols Around The Christmas Tree
24th @ 6.00m – St Andrews Church, Ampthll – 9 Lessons And Carols
11th @ 2.00pm – St Andrews Church, Ampthill – Ampthill Civic Service
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||Laura Boughton|
|2nd Cornets||Paul Roberts|
|3rd Cornets||Vito Kidman|
|Flugel Horn||Steve Hill|
|Solo Horn||Rachel Bartholomew|
|1st Horn||Emilia Bolton|
|2nd Horn||Ruth Robinson|
|1st Baritone||Paul Miller|
|2nd Baritone||Peter Thompson|
|1st Euphonium||Luigi Kidman|
|2nd Euphonium||Clare Stoney|
|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
Librarian: Rosemary Fisher
Safeguarding Officers: Victoria Paulding, Laura Boughton
Ampthill Town Band is committed to safeguarding and follows both Brass Band England’s and the Charity Commission’s Safeguarding Guidance.
A safeguarding policy is in place and can be viewed on request.