Woodley Concert Band
WCB Autumn Concert, October 2019
Alexandra Gardens, Windsor, August 2019
Minitour to Droitwich Spa, July 2018
Henley-upon-Thames Service of Remembrance, November 2018
Rehearsing for WCB Summer Charity Concert, June 2019
Windsor Castle, August 2018

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Woodley Concert Band posted a video to the playlist WCB Rehearsals.
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Posted on Sunday June 13th, 2021

It's been fantastic to finally be able to play together again in the last few weeks! Here's a little clip from this week's rehearsal of something we've been working on to hopefully perform out and about over the summer, featuring principal cornet Gregor on flugelhorn...๐ŸŽบ๐ŸŽต ... See MoreSee Less

Woodley Concert Band is with Sarah Parker and 8 others.
Woodley Concert Band
Its been great to get back to real-life rehearsals in the last two weeks and weve really been enjoying being able to make live music together again. Despite this, were still really conscious of the risks of Covid-19 so we wanted to talk a little bit about the precautions that were taking to help keep ourselves and our communities safe.๐Ÿ˜ท

Weve been working with St Dominic Savio School, where we rehearse, to ensure that were able to rehearse in a Covid-Safe way. For example, weve moved from our usual rehearsal location to a bigger hall where its easier to accommodate more people at socially-distanced spacing and where theres a better external airflow and were also, of course, rehearsing with the doors and windows open (fortunately not too much of a problem in May!). We ask band members to consider taking rapid flow Covid tests and all members must have their temperature taken on arrival. Whilst its not possible to play wind instruments with masks on, everyone needs to remain masked whenever theyre not sat down and playing, and we also ask instruments that vent condensation (those pesky brass ones) to ensure that they have a towel on the floor to catch any drips!

The music for the rehearsal is put out on peoples chairs before they arrive to minimise the need to move around the room and at the end of the rehearsal, everyone puts their music back in a box which we can leave to quarantine before anyone touches it. Players bring their own music stands and the chairs which the school provide are only used by the band. We also take regular breaks (approximately every 20 minutes) with the whole band leaving the room in order for the rehearsal hall to be ventilated.

Hopefully these methods will help to keep everyone safe - were immensely grateful to the school for working with us to make it possible to get back to rehearsals and youll be pleased to know that were also already working on some possible performances for later on in the summer - well keep you posted!๐ŸŽถ

Posted on Sunday May 30th, 2021

It's been great to get back to real-life rehearsals in the last two weeks and we've really been enjoying being able to make live music together again. Despite this, we're still really conscious of the risks of Covid-19 so we wanted to talk a little bit about the precautions that we're taking to help keep ourselves and our communities safe.๐Ÿ˜ท

We've been working with St Dominic Savio School, where we rehearse, to ensure that we're able to rehearse in a Covid-Safe way. For example, we've moved from our usual rehearsal location to a bigger hall where it's easier to accommodate more people at socially-distanced spacing and where there's a better external airflow and we're also, of course, rehearsing with the doors and windows open (fortunately not too much of a problem in May!). We ask band members to consider taking rapid flow Covid tests and all members must have their temperature taken on arrival. Whilst it's not possible to play wind instruments with masks on, everyone needs to remain masked whenever they're not sat down and playing, and we also ask instruments that vent condensation (those pesky brass ones) to ensure that they have a towel on the floor to catch any drips!

The music for the rehearsal is put out on people's chairs before they arrive to minimise the need to move around the room and at the end of the rehearsal, everyone puts their music back in a box which we can leave to quarantine before anyone touches it. Players bring their own music stands and the chairs which the school provide are only used by the band. We also take regular breaks (approximately every 20 minutes) with the whole band leaving the room in order for the rehearsal hall to be ventilated.

Hopefully these methods will help to keep everyone safe - we're immensely grateful to the school for working with us to make it possible to get back to rehearsals and you'll be pleased to know that we're also already working on some possible performances for later on in the summer - we'll keep you posted!๐ŸŽถ
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Lovely to be back! Big thank you to everyone who has put so much time and effort into making rehearsals possible๐Ÿ‘โค๏ธ๐Ÿ‘

It’s so good to be back. Thank you everyone.

well done to all involved

It was so fab being back. Thanks everyone working so hard behind the scenes โค๏ธโค๏ธ

Is that someone joining in virtually as well? That's a lovely option to have.

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Woodley Concert Band posted a video to the playlist The WCB Lockdown Sessions.
Woodley Concert Band

Posted on Sunday May 23rd, 2021

This week, after 62 weeks without meeting face-to-face (that's 434 days or 10,414 hours!), we were absolutely thrilled to finally be able to hold our first physical rehearsal since last March! Whilst not everyone was able to be there just yet, it was absolutely fantastic to be able to come together to make music as an ensemble again and we thoroughly enjoyed playing as an actual real-life band - in fact, we were so 'happy', that we made this video to celebrate! Make sure you watch to the end to see the magical transition from virtual to real-life!๐ŸŽตโœจ

PS...as you might imagine, we're taking a huge amount of care to follow current government guidance and have gone to great lengths to make our rehearsals Covid-safe - we'll talk a bit more about the measures we're taking and how we're doing this in a future post.
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Nice to see Rebecca again. It's been a long time since Thames Wind.

Great work folks and thanks again for making it all happen ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Fabulous, well done team!! ๐ŸŽผโค๏ธ

Professionals at the video editing now! Fantastic video. Well done.

Just fantastic! Owen and Gregor you are brilliant. Love it!

Another fabulous edit guys ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ So pleased to be playing together again.

Love it! Great video and fab ending!! Hopefully there will be no more of this recording at home malarkey and we can keep playing together in person for the foreseeable future. ๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽถ

Great job everyone. Fab video, great edit. So wonderful to be back IRL, it’ll be amazing when we can assemble the whole band. Also excellent clapping faces and dad dancing. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Great to see you all back together again. I liked the dancing!

Fantastic. Great start to a Sunday morning. Thank you !

Sounds great, and glad you get to rehearse in the flesh! One more week to wait for me in NL, then I will be happy to rehearse again too!

Fantastic edit as always Gregor and Owen! And so good to be back in person this week ๐Ÿ˜„

I agree! Thanks Owen Lloyd and Gregor Spowart. The video is great. And thanks to the committee for keeping it all going. Really appreciate all your hard work โค

Brilliant job Owen and Gregor, love the ending(s)!

Love the video Woodley Concert Band ๐Ÿ˜Š

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Posted on Thursday May 20th, 2021

Put it in your diary! We've got a new video coming this Sunday and we're very excited about it because...well...you'll see why!โœจ๐Ÿ˜€โœจ
See you then - don't miss it!
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Woodley Concert Band posted a video to the playlist The WCB Lockdown Sessions.
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Posted on Sunday May 16th, 2021

All being well, the coming week will see WCB starting to return to physical rehearsals for the first time in 14 months!๐ŸŽบ
In the meantime, there's just time for one more virtual recording, amazingly our 24th virtual collaboration since the start of the first lockdown! This version of Tom Jones classic Delilah features WCB players John (on trombone, tenor horn and euphonium) and Gregor (on trumpet...3 times!) and is a solo feature - the fiddly solo part was originally written for euphonium but our virtuosic euph player John decided to switch it round to trombone making it even more challenging for himself and spectacular to watch as the arrangement gets more complicated!๐ŸŽต

Look out for the, um, very special (?!) key change!
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Love this. Absolutely brilliant! Well done John and Gregor ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

Another fabulous piece of work guys...whicih I will show my class tomorrow ๐Ÿ˜I love the way you dressed differently in order to masquerade as triplets.

So brilliant!!! Great work John Deane, Gregor Spowart and tech team. Loved it!!

Nicely done guys.

Brilliant!

Love this

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As a community-spirited bunch, WCB were pleased to support Twyford based charity Understanding Dementia during the charitys recent online quiz. During the quiz, musical interludes were provided between rounds courtesy of some of the bands lockdown recordings on YouTube and the cry of encore was granted with a reprise of Another Day of Sun. It was a pleasure to support the charity as they promoted their work and was a good networking opportunity for the band - we hope to welcome some of their supporters to hear the band live in future. Understanding Dementias work includes promoting a clear understanding of dementia, how it affects the person and how we can lessen its impact on those who live with it. The charity provides training for care workers, health professionals and family carers in a new and very simple approach that anyone can use.

You can find out more about the charity and its activities here:
Understanding Dementia and lessening its impact

and find all of our lockdown recordings in a handy playlist here:
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Posted on Sunday May 9th, 2021

As a community-spirited bunch, WCB were pleased to support Twyford based charity Understanding Dementia during the charity's recent online quiz. During the quiz, musical interludes were provided between rounds courtesy of some of the band's lockdown recordings on YouTube and the cry of "encore" was granted with a reprise of Another Day of Sun. It was a pleasure to support the charity as they promoted their work and was a good networking opportunity for the band - we hope to welcome some of their supporters to hear the band live in future. Understanding Dementia's work includes promoting a clear understanding of dementia, how it affects the person and how we can lessen its impact on those who live with it. The charity provides training for care workers, health professionals and family carers in a new and very simple approach that anyone can use.

You can find out more about the charity and it's activities here:
Understanding Dementia and lessening its impact

and find all of our lockdown recordings in a handy playlist here:
bit.ly/3h35Csu
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Thank you so much for your support for our Quiz - with your help we raised £1250 for our work. Our next free course for family carers starts tomorrow - 10th May. Do see our website understandingdementia.co.uk/ for more information and to join our mailing list, or email [email protected] for details of our course for health and care professionals.

A couple of weeks ago, we added yet another new type of event to our busy online social calendar! An Evening With Rob Wiffin gave us a chance to get to know friend of the band Rob a bit more and find out about his fascinating career as a trombonist, Principal Director of Music for the Royal Air Force and Professor of Conducting at the Royal Military School of Music (did you know - he taught our MD Claire everything she knows about conducting...or at least a lot of it!).๐ŸŽผ

The band have been working with Rob for a number of years (hes pictured here conducting our workshop back in 2013) and we have enjoyed playing a wide range of his compositions and arrangements, so it was great to get to know him better, as well as to hear some very entertaining anecdotes about some of the hairier moments from his past, guided by Claire as our excellent compรจre! Huge thanks to Rob for taking the time to talk to us - we had a great time and there may well be more events like this in the future!

Posted on Sunday May 2nd, 2021

A couple of weeks ago, we added yet another new type of event to our busy online social calendar! An Evening With Rob Wiffin gave us a chance to get to know friend of the band Rob a bit more and find out about his fascinating career as a trombonist, Principal Director of Music for the Royal Air Force and Professor of Conducting at the Royal Military School of Music (did you know - he taught our MD Claire everything she knows about conducting...or at least a lot of it!).๐ŸŽผ

The band have been working with Rob for a number of years (he's pictured here conducting our workshop back in 2013) and we have enjoyed playing a wide range of his compositions and arrangements, so it was great to get to know him better, as well as to hear some very entertaining anecdotes about some of the hairier moments from his past, guided by Claire as our excellent compรจre! Huge thanks to Rob for taking the time to talk to us - we had a great time and there may well be more events like this in the future!
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One of the things that we love most about our brilliant Director of Music, Claire, is the passion and enthusiasm that she brings to the role - whether its a complex piece of carefully crafted wind band music for the National Concert Band Festival or a big cheesey pop medley, she always makes our rehearsals interesting, engaging and fun and gets the best out the music and us! ๐ŸŽต

Usually, this isnt something that its very easy to capture and share with you but one of the fringe benefits of having to move our rehearsals online is the ability to take screenshots of whats going on...so here, from just one of our rehearsals, and with Claires (slightly reluctant!) permission, is a little collage of some of the many faces that make our rehearsals so entertaining and enjoyable! ๐ŸŽผ๐ŸŽบ๐Ÿฅ

PS...Huge congratulations to Claire from all of us on her recent commission in the rank of Captain as Director of Music in her other job with the British Army! Were delighted for her and pleased that the Army have decided to upgrade her to the role that we offered her 2ยฝ years ago!๐Ÿ†

Posted on Sunday April 25th, 2021

One of the things that we love most about our brilliant Director of Music, Claire, is the passion and enthusiasm that she brings to the role - whether it's a complex piece of carefully crafted wind band music for the National Concert Band Festival or a big cheesey pop medley, she always makes our rehearsals interesting, engaging and fun and gets the best out the music and us! ๐ŸŽต

Usually, this isn't something that it's very easy to capture and share with you but one of the fringe benefits of having to move our rehearsals online is the ability to take screenshots of what's going on...so here, from just one of our rehearsals, and with Claire's (slightly reluctant!) permission, is a little collage of some of the many faces that make our rehearsals so entertaining and enjoyable! ๐ŸŽผ๐ŸŽบ๐Ÿฅ

PS...Huge congratulations to Claire from all of us on her recent commission in the rank of Captain as Director of Music in her 'other' job with the British Army! We're delighted for her and pleased that the Army have decided to upgrade her to the role that we offered her 2ยฝ years ago!๐Ÿ†
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Woodley Concert Band posted a video to the playlist The WCB Lockdown Sessions.
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Posted on Sunday April 18th, 2021

One of the (few!) positives about a year without real-life music-making has been the opportunities that it's offered us to do things that we'd never have done pre-Covid.๐ŸŽต So here, by way of an example, is a fantastic jazzy little version of African-American spiritual Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen (wait 'til the tempo gets going after the 19 second intro!), transcribed for brass quintet...from a funky big band arrangement...and performed by two trumpets, a trombone and two saxophones! We hope you like it!๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐ŸŽบ๐ŸŽท ... See MoreSee Less

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Fabulous guys! Alison won the prize for playing the most bars.

Wonderful start to the day! Hats off to the tech wizz on the video.

I love it!

Sounds fantastic. Well done ๐Ÿ‘

Absolutely fantastic

Awesome guys, as always. Well done all ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

Great job guys ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Fantastic!

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Whilst its great that were gradually moving back towards real-life physical rehearsals and concerts, theres still a huge amount of uncertainty for us and other musical groups about exactly what, when and where well be able to perform in public this year.๐ŸŽบ๐Ÿฅ๐ŸŽท

Despite this, were already working hard to think about what pieces we might be able to play to celebrate a return to live music-making and weve all come up with plenty of suggestions for our music group and Director of Music Claire to consider, covering everything from Mozart to ABBA, and from Elgar to Stevie Wonder! Whenever we get to play live, well be ready!๐ŸŽต

In the meantime, if youve got any suggestions for what youd like to hear us play, feel free to pop them in the comments and well make sure we include them in our considerations!

Posted on Sunday April 11th, 2021

Whilst it's great that we're gradually moving back towards real-life physical rehearsals and concerts, there's still a huge amount of uncertainty for us and other musical groups about exactly what, when and where we'll be able to perform in public this year.๐ŸŽบ๐Ÿฅ๐ŸŽท

Despite this, we're already working hard to think about what pieces we might be able to play to celebrate a return to live music-making and we've all come up with plenty of suggestions for our music group and Director of Music Claire to consider, covering everything from Mozart to ABBA, and from Elgar to Stevie Wonder! Whenever we get to play live, we'll be ready!๐ŸŽต

In the meantime, if you've got any suggestions for what you'd like to hear us play, feel free to pop them in the comments and we'll make sure we include them in our considerations!
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Thank you for the music!? ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ˜œ

Posted on Sunday April 4th, 2021

Happy Easter!๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿฅš๐Ÿซ

This week, we held the sixth round of our virtual Great WCB Bake Off with, of course, a theme of Easter! We had no less than 10 entries which were, to be honest, some of the least healthy bakes we've ever seen, featuring lashings of chocolate, heaps of marshmallows and an awful lot of Cadbury's Mini Eggs!

Entries ranged from traditional Hot Cross Buns to an Easter Cheesecake and from Creme Egg Brownies to a highly controversial savoury dish (take a look through the photos to find out what it was...) and it was a tough decision for our expert judging panel! In the end, however, they awarded Star Baker๐Ÿ† to Sue for her amazing Easter Garden scene (click on the photo to see what all the constituent parts were made from) and 2nd place to Alison for her delicious-looking Hot Cross Buns. Steve also received an honourable mention for his lovely-looking Easter cake - his first ever attempt at baking a cake!

All in all, there were some amazing Easter-themed creations and we had a really fun evening finding out what everyone had made and hearing the stories behind their creations! We hope that you have a great Easter and we'll see you next week for a little insight into our virtual rehearsals...!๐ŸŽต
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Congratulations Sue. Beautiful, up to your usual yummy confections standard๐Ÿ‘Œ

Well done again WCB......which obviously stands for We Can Bake !๐Ÿฅ๐Ÿฃ๐Ÿฅฎ๐Ÿฐ

Woodley Concert Band posted a video to the playlist The WCB Lockdown Sessions.
Woodley Concert Band

Posted on Sunday March 28th, 2021

๐Ÿ“ฃBONUS VIDEO! When our brilliant percussionist Katie recorded Another Day of Sun, she was kind enough to film from no less than 5 different camera angles!๐ŸŽฅ So...we decided that the least we could do to showcase her amazing drumming was to make an extra video with full-on flying sticks, swinging cymbals and that unmistakeable cowbell!๐ŸŽต

PS...Whilst we had sheet music for the piano, trumpet and bass parts, there was no music for the drums so Katie wrote her part from scratch - what a star!๐ŸŒŸ
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Love it. Thank you for continuing to do these videos. They put a smile on my face every time. X

Brilliant love this tune.

That’s brilliant!

Thanks Katie!

Fabulous as always Katie! X

Amazing work Katie Tyler ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘โค๏ธ

Fantastic!

Amazing!!

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Woodley Concert Band posted a video to the playlist The WCB Lockdown Sessions.
Woodley Concert Band

Posted on Sunday March 14th, 2021

Time for something lively! La La Land is one of the most iconic musical films of recent years and its Oscar-winning score is filled with memorable songs and toe-tapping tunes!๐ŸŽต

Never shy of taking on a challenge, here's the awesome WCB rhythm section with the brilliant opening number to the film, Another Day of Sun (with a little help from trumpeter Gregor too!).๐ŸŒž It might not feature the glamorous skyline of LA or people dancing on cars but we still reckon it's pretty spectacular - we hope you like it!๐ŸŽน๐ŸŽธ๐Ÿฅ
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Love this. Well done all. Going to be humming this all day now! ๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽถ

Fab job! Something lovely and sunny โ˜€๏ธ

Love it, especially the concentration from the bass player - I can relate! Keep it up!

Brilliant, well done!

Nice keys John ๐Ÿ‘

Love this.

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Woodley Concert Band is with Sarah Parker and 25 others.
Woodley Concert Band

Posted on Sunday March 7th, 2021

Today marks exactly a year since our Spring 2020 concert, "Lights, Camera Action," our last performance before it became clear just how serious Covid was and we entered lockdown. This week, we held our first ever virtual AGM and whilst it's been a very unusual year for the band, we were amazed by just how much we've managed to accomplish despite not being able to meet up. In 2020...

๐ŸŽฌ We made 43 videos, including...
๐Ÿ‘ 8 Clap For Our Carers doorstep performances,
๐ŸŽฅ 5 full band virtual pieces,
๐ŸŽž๏ธ 20 solo, duet and small group pieces,
๐ŸŽ„ 12 daily Christmas videos,
๐ŸŽ… and 6 special videos to support Addington School's Christmas concert.

We also managed 2 carolling sessions in Woodley where some of us actually saw each other in real life and got to remember what playing together was like - we were even vaguely in tune!๐ŸŽต

In addition to the musical side, we managed to keep our busy social calendar pretty active with...
๐Ÿบ 8 virtual trips to the pub,
โ“ 13 online quiz nights, hosted by 7 different band members (and their families),
๐Ÿฐ 3 rounds of The Great WCB Bakeoff,
๐ŸŒป plus a sunflower growing competition and
๐ŸŽณ the WCB Virtual Bowling Championship.

With no concerts after the Spring Concert, the only way to measure how many people we've reached with our music making is in terms of social media stats and when we tallied up the numbers for this, we were pretty chuffed too! Since the start of the first lockdown...
๐Ÿง‘โ€๐Ÿคโ€๐Ÿง‘ Our videos have been shown to people a total of 89,353 times.
โฒ๏ธ They've been viewed for a total of 23,144 minutes (or over 385 hours)...
๐Ÿ‘ ...and received 15,211 clicks, likes and shares!

We're absolutely blown away by how many people have enjoyed our music so if you're one of them, thanks very much! We've got more new virtual music coming up in the not-too-distant future and maybe...just maybe...we'll be able to see you in real life somewhere later this year!๐ŸŽถ
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