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About the Alder Valley Brass

For more than 50 years Alder Valley Brass has performed at venues ranging from London's Royal Albert Hall, Windsor Castle, Epsom race course and Hampton Court Palace, to many of the UK's famous parks & bandstands. The band has also undertaken many foreign tours including Germany, Switzerland, The Netherlands and Belgium.

Alder Valley Brass has extensive experience of TV, radio and theatre including the "Aldershot Brass Ensemble" sketch with the Two Ronnies and the BBC sitcom "Oh Happy Band," and was featured in 14 consecutive performances of the hit play "Brassed Off" at theatres in Woking and Richmond.

Much of the band's concert work is in support of local charities and there have been proud moments working with Help for Heroes and the Royal British Legion, charities selected by the Mayor of Rushmoor at concerts, as well as The SSAFA (The Armed Forces Charity) and Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice.

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In addition to concert and bandstand work, Alder Valley Brass is a contesting band and, over the years, has been remarkably successful, appearing at the national finals of Great Britain on multiple occasions including appearances at The Royal Albert Hall competing against the very best in Great Britain.

The standard line up for concerts and bandstand work is 25 brass players plus percussionists but this can be tailored to suit. For instance, a fanfare team would be 3 trumpets and 3 trombones plus percussion. If you need a small group to play background music at a formal dinner, that could be either a brass quintet (2 cornets, horn, trombone & tuba) or a small band (4 cornets, horn, baritone, 2 trombones, euphonium, tuba and percussion). Whatever the occasion, Alder Valley Brass offers both appropriate music and the right instrumentation to suit. Please get in touch to discuss any specific requirements that you have. Alder Valley Brass is sure to be able to help and the fees are very reasonable.

Alder Valley Brass News

Lee Woodward

Musical Director Lee Woodward writes :-

"I am delighted to welcome Duncan and Phillip on Eb Bass, Sam and Graeme on cornet and Roland on solo trombone, to our team. They bring a wealth of experience & quality to the band & they have already fitted in very nicely. We are all looking forward to a number of exciting projects, starting with a small ensemble being involved in the production of a new film."

"I would also like to thank our former principal trombone Chris Newton for his hard work & commitment during his time with the band & we wish him all the best for his future endeavours."

"We still require either a horn or baritone & a cornet. Come along, you will be made most welcome.”

Delph

Alder Valley Brass Dutch Tour 2019

Alder Valley made a smart looking musical mark on the Netherlands in June 2019, enjoying a fine short tour to the Netherlands thanks to some great music making and a sharp new look performing in their new jackets on their successful short tour to the Netherlands where they gave concerts on the Market Square in Delft, near the Niewe Kerk and outside the Market Hall in Rotterdam which were much appreciated by the audiences they performed to.

The band also sported their brand new band jackets which were funded by assistance gained from money raised from Tesco's 'Bags of Help' initiative and a generous donation from one of their long-term supporters. A spokesperson told 4BR: "The trip was wonderful and a great boost to the band whilst the jackets made for us by MusicWear Etc showed us off brilliantly."

AVB Recordings

Dam Busters March by Eric Coates.
Theme music to the 1956 film starring Michael Redgrave and Richard Todd.


Spiritual Sounds (1st movement) by Alan Fernie, based around the negro spiritual The Battle of Jericho.



Breezin' Down Broadway by Goff Richards. A selection of music from Broadway hits including There's No Business Like Show Business, I'm Getting Married In The Morning and Seventy Six Trombones.  Both were recorded at a live outdoor concert at Hinton Ampner.

Midway March by John Williams from the 1976 film Midway starring Charlton Heston, Henry Fonda nd a host of other star names. And Music To Drive By written by Alan Moorhouse and made famous by Joe Loss and his Orchestra.

El Cumbanchero by Rafael Hernandez, one of Puerto Rica's most important 20th century composers. Arranged for brass band by Masato Myokoin. This was recorded 'live' and outdoors at Hinton Ampner.

Music to Drive by Alan Moorhouse arr Jon Bennett.





Older News

  • The band held its AGM on Monday 1 April in All Hallows Catholic School, where they rehearse twice a week. The following Trustees were elected:

    • Roy Hancock - Chairman
    • Rob Greene - Treasurer
    • Claire Wade - General Secretary
    • Steve Burgess - Contest Secretary
    • Mike Pennicote Henrie - Band Manager
    • Bob Larbey - Committee & Equipment Manager
    • Lyn Sandford - Committee & PR
    • Caz Woods - Committee
    • Liz Sandford - Committee
    • Ian Hancock - Web Master & non-committee
  • November 2018

    A joint remembrance Sunday Parade took place in Farnham on Sunday 11th November 2018. The mayors of Farnham and Waverley took part alongside representatives of the armed forces, local dignitaries, uniformed services and local scout and guide groups. The parade started in Castle Street at the site of the World's first two-minute silence, which was held in May 1916.

  • Alder Valley Brass April 2019 Newsletter.

    Alder Valley Brass October 2018 Newsletter.

    Alder Valley Brass June 2018 Newsletter.

    Alder Valley Brass February 2018 Newsletter.

    Alder Valley Brass November 2017 Newsletter.

    Alder Valley Brass July 2017 Newsletter.

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What we do

  • 1.
    We perform indoor and outdoor concerts, which can be at any time of the year. We can offer to perform in fundraising concerts for your organisation, on a split profit or set fee basis.
  • 2.
    We also enjoy performing in joint concerts with other musical groups such as choirs and musicians such as organists. Recent examples have been joint concerts with renowned organist Andrew Storey, Guildford Vox Choir, Rushmoor Male Voice Choir. Also fetes, fairs and shows in the south of England, we are not confined to our local area.
  • 3.
    We do compete and recent competitions have been in Oxford, Torquay, Crawley, Stevenage, Leicester and Wychavon. We do marching jobs and we regularly attend the Whit Friday march contest in the north of England. Last year we were awarded 3rd place overall in the Aldershot Victoria Day Parade where we were up against military/ex-military bands.
  • 4.
    We have lots of experience of playing appropriate music for private events - weddings, christenings, funerals, birthday parties. We can be flexible to the client's requirements; a full band or a ten-piece can be provided, or even a lone bugler or fanfare team, depending on the event and client's requirements.

    We are much in demand at Christmas for indoor or outdoor carol concerts in church or other local community events, Christmas Fairs. Lots of repeat business year after year from several National Trust properties.
  • 5.
    Community service - We are very proud to lead the Farnham Remembrance Day parade and Church Service every year and perform the Last Post in Farnham and local schools. Fundraising in the community. Charity fundraising in Basingstoke, Guildford, Farnham, Aldershot, Sandhurst. We have a reputation for being very well organised, reliable, punctual and friendly.

Our Musical Director

Lee Woodward

Musical Director - Lee Woodward

Introducing our Musical Director, Mr Lee Woodward.

Lee is an experienced Musician, who has directed bands since 2007. His most recent success has been conducting both Saint Sebastian's and Staines Lammas Bands. In 2016, Lee led Saint Sebastian’s to their first ever appearance at the Area Contest second section finals. He is now looking forward to the challenge of taking Alder Valley Brass forward, building on the strong foundations left by Mr Roger Burke.

Having had lots of experience playing in bands, Lee joined the Army as a musician, serving firstly with the Band of The Kings Regiment, before successfully auditioning for a post with the Band of The Irish Guards. Lee was later posted to the Band of The Logistic Corps. Retirement from the Army came in 2014.

Testimonials

  • I have used Alder Valley Brass for several concerts to raise money for Help for Heroes.
    Each time I have been amazed at their professionalism from the time of booking to their presentation and performances, all making the organisers roll much easier. Their variety of music covers all tastes, especially the James Bond music which will always astonish me at such an excellent performance, never to be forgotten.
    Thank you Alder Valley Brass, for your outstanding performances.

    - Terry Taggart

  • Alder Valley Brass did an excellent job when we hired them for our Grandsons 21st Birthday party. From the time of contact to ask about the engagement, to the performance it was all undertaken with professionalism.
    They can be relied upon to make your day special. We would recommend them to anyone!

    - Joan and Reg Witchard

  • Rushmoor Male Voice Choir and Alder Valley Brass have jointly performed on more than one occasion and the choir have thoroughly enjoyed the experience each time. As well as their own very enjoyable items Alder Valley bring a superb sound to the joint performances that makes our choir sound even better.

    - Mark Kusionowicz, Publicity Officer & Webmaster, Rushmoor 'Odd Fellows' Male Voice Choir