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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Posted on Sunday August 9th, 2020

If we're honest, the trouble with trumpet players is that if left to their own devices without the structure of weekly rehearsals, they tend to, um, get a little bit out of control. Here are Gregor and Owen who apparently decided that the most constructive use of their time during a global pandemic was to experiment with new facial hair styles. We understand that their partners weren't all that impressed...πŸ˜‚πŸŽΊπŸ§”πŸ» ... See MoreSee Less

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I rather like them guys! I tried, but just ended up looking about 120 years old. πŸ˜‚

Annie West where are your photos? πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Eh? What?

Posted on Sunday August 2nd, 2020

As you're probably aware, all ensemble wind and brass playing is currently forbidden due to the potentially enhanced risk of spreading Coronavirus. Whilst the government has commissioned some scientific research to clarify exactly how dangerous flutes are (don't laugh...they're apparently seen as particularly risky), we at WCB wondered whether there might be an alternative solution, so we set our best creative problem-solving experts onto the case and we think we've cracked it - here's principal trumpet Gregor demonstrating what is clearly the ideal way to get band rehearsals back on track! 😷🎺 ... See MoreSee Less

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Sounds a bit like me now - without the mask! πŸ˜‰

It's the latest type of Mute πŸ”‡

Nutter!!!!

MAMBO!!! A quick trip back into the archives today, to our 2017 Spring Concert, entitled A Night in the West End! A friend of the band has recently been kind enough to edit together the videos from this concert (thanks Simon!), so well be sharing some of these over the coming months - heres our spectacular opening, the instantly recognisable Mambo from Leonard Bernsteins fabulous West Side Story! Enjoy!

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Posted on Thursday July 30th, 2020

MAMBO!!! A quick trip back into the archives today, to our 2017 Spring Concert, entitled A Night in the West End! A friend of the band has recently been kind enough to edit together the videos from this concert (thanks Simon!), so we'll be sharing some of these over the coming months - here's our spectacular opening, the instantly recognisable Mambo from Leonard Bernstein's fabulous West Side Story! Enjoy!

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Posted on Sunday July 19th, 2020

With all live WCB music-making on hold for almost 4 months now, we thought that it was about time that we gave you an update on how the band's doing and the ways in which our members are keeping musically active without any rehearsals or concerts - here's our chairman Phil and a few of our members to bring you up to speed...enjoy!

PS...we're not just on Facebook - find us in these places too...!
Website: www.woodleyconcertband.org.uk/
Twitter: twitter.com/woodleyband
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Annie West you are a legend! Or maybe Kev is the legend for getting involved in the madness! πŸ˜‚

Love the raffle so much!

“It’s a balance issue” 🀣🀣🀣

Last week, we were delighted to be featured in Woodley Town Councils newsletter, the Woodley Herald. Circulated to approximately 10,000 homes in Woodley, the update features a picture of Owen, one of our trumpeters, playing the Last Post during the VE Day commemorations back in May. We know that the renditions of the Last Post played by a number of our players on this important occasion were greatly appreciated by local residents across Berkshire so were very pleased to be recognised by being featured in our local newsletter. Those of you whove witnessed Owen running a raffle will understand when we say that we reckon he could give Tony the Town Crier a run for his money too...!πŸ“£

Posted on Wednesday July 15th, 2020

Last week, we were delighted to be featured in Woodley Town Council's newsletter, the Woodley Herald. Circulated to approximately 10,000 homes in Woodley, the update features a picture of Owen, one of our trumpeters, playing the Last Post during the VE Day commemorations back in May. We know that the renditions of the Last Post played by a number of our players on this important occasion were greatly appreciated by local residents across Berkshire so we're very pleased to be recognised by being featured in our local newsletter. Those of you who've witnessed Owen running a raffle will understand when we say that we reckon he could give Tony the Town Crier a run for his money too...!πŸ“£ ... See MoreSee Less

Posted on Sunday July 12th, 2020

[WCB Minitour Weekend] Our final post of the weekend and a trip to the lovely Isle of Wight in 2011 with one performance at Rylstone Gardens in Shanklin, and a second (just about) at the Needles Battery. Lots of rain, but lots of fun too!

Thanks so much for joining this weekend as we've looked back over more than 10 years of WCB's trips - we that you've enjoyed it and hopefully next year, we'll be able to make some new memories!
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Didn’t rain did if ? on a WCB tour?..............

[WCB Minitour Weekend] With planning progressing well for our first international tour in 2010, we realised that we were a bit short in the trumpet department, so I asked my brother Dave if he fancied coming along. He said yes and whilst on the trip (to Ghent, in Belgium), he met one of our then oboists, Ellie. They hit it off and are now happily married, all thanks to WCB!πŸ’•
Cath, Flute

Posted on Sunday July 12th, 2020

[WCB Minitour Weekend] "With planning progressing well for our first international tour in 2010, we realised that we were a bit short in the trumpet department, so I asked my brother Dave if he fancied coming along. He said yes and whilst on the trip (to Ghent, in Belgium), he met one of our then oboists, Ellie. They hit it off and are now happily married, all thanks to WCB!"πŸ’•
Cath, Flute
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[WCB Minitour Weekend] When you look back it, quite a few of my memories seem to involve slightly sub-optimal weather. Our trip to the Isle of Wight in 2011 ran into all sorts of interesting challenges, starting on Day 1 with needing to plead with the people who looked after Rhylstone Gardens Bandstand in Shanklin to open the bandstand so that we could perform in the rain to an audience that started off being almost entirely composed of WCB supporters who wed brought along in the coach! The bandstands never going to win an award for most picturesque place to play but when youve all made such an effort to get there, the show must go on!πŸŒ§οΈπŸŽ΅β˜”
Gregor, Trumpet

Posted on Sunday July 12th, 2020

[WCB Minitour Weekend] "When you look back it, quite a few of my memories seem to involve slightly sub-optimal weather. Our trip to the Isle of Wight in 2011 ran into all sorts of interesting challenges, starting on Day 1 with needing to plead with the people who looked after Rhylstone Gardens Bandstand in Shanklin to open the bandstand so that we could perform in the rain to an audience that started off being almost entirely composed of WCB supporters who we'd brought along in the coach! The bandstand's never going to win an award for 'most picturesque place to play' but when you've all made such an effort to get there, the show must go on!"πŸŒ§οΈπŸŽ΅β˜”
Gregor, Trumpet
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[WCB Minitour Weekend] As a band, we dont seem to be very good at remembering our uniforms when we venture out of Berkshire - we can recall at least four occasions in recent years when someones found themselves without their concert dress in some far-flung bandstand.

We got to Stratford-upon-Avon in 2018, says flautist Cath, and realised that both Gregor and I had left our uniforms in the boot of the car where wed picked up the coach. There followed a mad dash to M&S to procure trousers for both of us and a shirt for me - Gregor borrowed a shirt from a fellow trumpeter which was about 3 times too big and we redistributed band jackets from less obvious locations in the band! Needless to say, nobody noticed and the large audience were as enthusiastic as ever!

Posted on Sunday July 12th, 2020

[WCB Minitour Weekend] As a band, we don't seem to be very good at remembering our uniforms when we venture out of Berkshire - we can recall at least four occasions in recent years when someone's found themselves without their concert dress in some far-flung bandstand.

"We got to Stratford-upon-Avon in 2018," says flautist Cath, "and realised that both Gregor and I had left our uniforms in the boot of the car where we'd picked up the coach. There followed a mad dash to M&S to procure trousers for both of us and a shirt for me - Gregor borrowed a shirt from a fellow trumpeter which was about 3 times too big and we redistributed band jackets from less obvious locations in the band! Needless to say, nobody noticed and the large audience were as enthusiastic as ever!"
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[WCB Minitour Weekend] One of my highlights of our trip to Kent in 2014 was seeing Gregor and Owen wandering round the Dane John Gardens in Canterbury with post horns, serenading the assembled crowds with the Post Horn Galop in surround sound! A great memory!
Ursula, Flute

Posted on Sunday July 12th, 2020

[WCB Minitour Weekend] "One of my highlights of our trip to Kent in 2014 was seeing Gregor and Owen wandering round the Dane John Gardens in Canterbury with post horns, serenading the assembled crowds with the Post Horn Galop in surround sound! A great memory!"
Ursula, Flute
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Posted on Sunday July 12th, 2020

[WCB Minitour Weekend] 2015 and beautiful weather for our trip to glorious Worcestershire! A bandstand in the middle of a pond in Worcester and a flute-eating dog in Malvern - never a dull moment! ... See MoreSee Less

[WCB Minitour Weekend] Our 2011 trip to the Isle of Wight was eventful for a number of reasons, but one of the things that I remember most vividly is our driverfor the weekend  getting increasingly irritated as Gregor, who was leading the trip, continued to unintentionally refer to his precious coach as a bus, much to everyone elses amusement!.🚌
Louise, Double Bass

Posted on Sunday July 12th, 2020

[WCB Minitour Weekend] "Our 2011 trip to the Isle of Wight was eventful for a number of reasons, but one of the things that I remember most vividly is our driverfor the weekend getting increasingly irritated as Gregor, who was leading the trip, continued to unintentionally refer to his precious coach as a 'bus', much to everyone else's amusement!".🚌
Louise, Double Bass
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Posted on Sunday July 12th, 2020

[WCB Minitour Weekend] Back in 2012, our minitour took us to the south coast for a delightful weekend performing on the bijou bandstand at Lymington and the splendid raised Pinewalk bandstand overlooking the Lower Gardens in Bournemouth. We made a little video of our weekend featuring our performances of Stevie Wonder classic Sir Duke - here it is for your viewing pleasure!🎺😎 ... See MoreSee Less

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Posted on Sunday July 12th, 2020

[WCB Minitour Weekend] 2010 saw WCB venturing overseas for the first time, to Belgium. It was a pretty soggy affair, to be honest, with one performance in a more-or-less deserted (due to the rain) town square in Antwerp and a cancelled gig in Bruges. Nevertheless, an excellent time was had by all, and much chocolate, chips, beer and gin consumed!
We've even come across a blog we made of this trip! If you've got a spare few minutes, find out what we got up to at wcbontour.blogspot.com/ !
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Posted on Sunday July 12th, 2020

[WCB Minitour Weekend] Our 2014 weekend away took us to Kent with some slightly dubious weather. After a lovely afternoon performing in Dane John Gardens in Canterbury (including some wandering post horns), Sunday's gig in Deal was sadly rained off, but that didn't stop us having a good weekend nonetheless! ... See MoreSee Less

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