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    Have you seen our uniforms?

    Have you seen our uniforms? Woodfalls Band is appealing for anyone who has one of their band uniforms to return them. The brass band is missing several of their blue, black and gold stage jackets along with blazers and band ties. The band is busy preparing for a hectic autumn when they are set...
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    Downton (Salisbury 2nd Section) require cornets & basses

    Downton Band is looking for cornets (front and back row) and tubas of both varieties. We are a happy band rooted firmly in our local community with our own band room, a good stock of instruments and a thriving training band of 30 plus learners. We usually take part in two contests a year plus a...
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    Downton Set To Launch Training Band

    Downton Band launches its exciting training band in September and is still keen to hear from anyone who wants to take part and learn a brass or a percussion instrument. The traditional brass band, that has recently celebrated 140 years of music making, is set to launch its training band on...
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    Downton Goes to Hollywood for the Cuckoo Fair!

    Downton Band faces a busy weekend on the 2nd and 3rd May. As part of the famous Downton Cuckoo Fair, Downton Band, who has recently celebrated 140 years of music making, is giving several outdoor performances, giving brass and percussion demonstrations, selling cakes to raise funds for the band...
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    Woodfalls & Downton Bands Open Rehearsal

    There are only two miles between the Wiltshire villages of Woodfalls and Downton but on Thursday both bands will bridge that distance and come together for an open rehearsal. This will be a unique opportunity to hear two of the set works as the two bands prepare for the West of England Area...
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    Passing of Ken Palmer

    Sad to report the passing of popular musician Ken Palmer. In his time Ken was the MD of many ensembles and bands including Downton, Hyde, Ringwood and Amesbury. We have been speaking with the family and they think it appropriate that musicians turn up for Ken's funeral and play a few hymns...
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    Downton Band

    Downton Band, based in Wiltshire near Salisbury close to the M27/M3 are looking to recruit players. We rehearse once a week, have lots of attractive annual gigs (for example playing at the New Forest Show) and excellent links with the local community including a brilliant tradition of playing...
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    Woodfalls - "The Legend of King Arthur" performance 4th Oct

    Woodfalls Band will be performing a concert at St Laurence Church, Downton on Saturday 4th October starting at 7.30pm. The Wiltshire based band are deep into their preparations to represent the West of England at the National Brass Band Championships at the Royal Albert Hall a week later...
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    Woodfalls welcome new signings to the bandroom

    Woodfalls band have announced a flourish of new signings ahead of their 2014 National Finals appearance. Ray Farr has been appointed guest conductor for the New Forest based outfit as they seek to better their sixth place from last year’s Royal Albert Hall outing. The highly experienced...
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    Sold/Expired Perc for sale including Premier Concert bass drum

    Premier Concert bass drum, flight cases and assorted other perc for sale raising money for Woodfalls Band. http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/the-real-fartycat/m.html?item=251504907773&ssPageName=STRK%3AMESELX%3AIT&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2562
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    Black Dyke Trom Quartet & Woodfalls Band

    Woodfalls Band team up with the Black Dyke Trombone Quartet for a concert in memory of Dave Shelley. Entrance is free, there will be a retiring collection for the British Heart Foundation and band funds. Refreshments also available. St Laurence Church, Downton, Salisbury, Wilts SP5 3PU...
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    Open Rehearsal - Woodfalls conducted by Bob Childs

    West of England challengers Woodfalls will be holding an open rehearsal ahead of their appearance at Torquay in just over a week. The Salisbury based band, who came sixth at the National Finals in 2013, will be conducted by Dr Robert Childs as they prepare for their West of England Regional...
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    New adjudication system tried out at Wessex Contest

    I thought people might be interested in this... The recent Wessex contest tried out a new (for UK brass bands) adjudication system. At the end of the contest each band received a CD of their performance, as well as one with Duncan Beckley's remarks spoken over the top. Remarks were also...
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    Open Rehearsal - Woodfalls conducted by Nick Childs

    The Woodfalls Band conducted by Dr Nicholas Childs is holding an open rehearsal on Wednesday October 9th prior to our participation in the National Championships. This is an opportunity to hear the final preparations ahead of our performance in the Royal Albert Hall on October 12th together...
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    Conductor looking for a new challenge

    Music college educated (RNCM) conductor looking for a new challenge - Dorset, Hants or Wilts Three Wessex wins under my belt in 3rd section including a 5th overall beating several higher graded bands and winner of the South Wilts Cup for the conductor judged to have the best interpretation of...
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    Coming to Dorset on your holidays?

    Are you coming to Dorset on your holidays? Do you still want a blow to keep your chops in? Gillingham Band (near Shaftesbury) welcome any holiday-making brass or percussionists to come along to a rehearsal or two. We're a friendly sociable 3rd section band that meets in our own bandroom every...
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    Fancy a trip to Germany this August?

    Fancy a trip to Germany this August? We need cornets, a horn, a euph and basses for our tour to Hille. Nice people, good company, great music and lots of fun! Gillingham Imperial Silver Band (Dorset) are still looking for up to 8 people to join our trip to see our Brass friends in Hille...
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    Joint Concert - Woodfalls Band & Gillingham Imperial Silver Band

    It gives us great pleasure to present a special concert – Gillingham Imperial Silver Band will be welcoming the Woodfalls Band to the Sturminster Newton Exchange, Dorset next Saturday (22 June). Woodfalls Band are on fine mettle having recently just won the Senior Cup and qualified for the...
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    Britten for band

    Aside from the two pieces listed below does anyone know any arrangements of Benjamin Britten for band? We're already playing Fanfare for St Edmundsbury. SPIDER AND THE FLY (Brass Band) - Britten - Barry, Darrol RUSSIAN FUNERAL MUSIC - Parts & Score, LIGHT CONCERT MUSIC - Benjamin Britten -...
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    Wessex Brass Band Contest

    Very enjoyable day at Weymouth yesterday for the Wessex Winter Contest (own choice test piece and march) Here are the results as far as I could gleam, if there are any corrections please post! Overall placings 1. Woodfalls Band March Ravenswood by W.Rimmer A Tale as yet Untold by...
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