Welcome To The Ampthill Town Brass Band Website

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

Ampthill Town Band is a friendly, non-contesting brass band that has been supporting and entertaining the communities of Ampthill and surrounding villages for over 180 years. It is currently a UK charitable organisation (Charity No. 1206280) located in Ampthill, Bedfordshire.

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

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  • A Brass Musician’s Essentials Workshop 

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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 2024

11th @ 2.00pm – St Andrews Church, Ampthill – Ampthill Civic Service

May 2024

11th @ 10.00am – Redborne School, Ampthill – Brass Musican’s Workshop

June 2024

6th @ 7.00pm – Ampthill Park Beacon -D Day Event

9th @ 2.00pm – Ampthill , Kings Arms Gardens -D Day Event

9th @ 6.00pm – St Andrews Church, Ampthill – D Day Service

30th @ 12.00pm – Bedford, Harpur Square – Armed Forces Day

July 2024

7th @ 2.00pm – Church Green Park, Bletchley – Bands On The Green Concert

21st @ 2.30pm – Leighton Buzzard, Parsons Close Bandstand -Concert

Aug 2024

12th @ 2pm – Ampthill Great Park – Concert

Sept 2024

21st @ 11.30am – Silsoe VC Lower School – School Fete

November 2024

10th @ 2pm – Fllitwick – Remembrance Sunday Parade

24th @ 16.30pm – Fllitwick – Christmas Lights

December 2024

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
Henry Stoney
1st HornEmilia Bolton
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 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.

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