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ABOUT THE BAND 

Consisting of amateur musicians of all ages, the Hemel Hempstead Band continues the tradition of over a hundred years’ entertainment and service for the community.

FUNCTIONS AND ENGAGEMENTS 

The full brass band of 25 players regularly performs at a variety of public and private functions such as: carnivals, fetes, park bandstands, church events, sports meetings, weddings, shopping centres, Remembrance Day parades, and its own concerts, mostly within easy reach of the Dacorum district of Hertfordshire. 

As a community band we help to raise funds for local charities, such as the Hospice of St Francis, Hope for Children, Macmillan Nurse Appeal, and the Royal British Legion. The band has an extensive library of over 3000 pieces, spanning many decades and including classics, musicals, religious pieces and pop music. Whatever the occasion, the band can provide suitable musical entertainment. 

The band has close ties overseas, especially Turnhout in Belgium and Neu Isenburg, Germany. 

BOOKING THE BAND 

To book the band for your function, or for general enquiries, please use the contact form.

CONTESTS 

The band also takes part in competitive contests, and in 2017 and 2018, we were awarded the trophy for the “most entertaining band” in our section at the ODBBA Entertainment Contest. In September 2021 the band represented the South East in the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain and achieved an impressive 4th place. (see article in the Hemel Gazette).  More recently, in March of this year, the band achieved 2nd place in the London & Southern counties region which meant qualifying for the National Brass Band finals later this year and a promotion to the third section. For other contests and events see the Calendar and News.

REHEARSALS 

The band rehearses weekly throughout the year, apart from public holidays, on Mondays and occasional Wednesdays from 8 to 9.45pm. The band owns, insures and maintains a full set of brass instruments for members’ use, although many players prefer to use their own instruments. We can normally provide visitors, guest and beginners with an instrument as required, given sufficient notice. 

The band rehearses at the Band room in Apsley Mills Cottage, Paper Trail, London Road, Apsley, HP3 9RL. View map. 

FINANCES 

Players are volunteers who pay a small annual subscription to the Band and generally pay their own incidental expenses when attending engagements (such as petrol money). The band provides uniform jackets, polo shirts, ties or scarves, and all money raised is used for the non-profit making activities of the Band. 

Learners are subsidised. All players are encouraged, and expected, to spend time on individual and private practice between rehearsals, especially when engagements or contest are imminent. 

Hemel Hempstead Band has a history of over 130 years and its members and friends are proud to be part of a community which appreciates its musical performances. 

THE BAND 

Musical Directors 

Paul Fothergill 

Alan Coughlan (Assistant MD) 

Barbara Page (Training Band MD)  

Cornets 

Solo: Alan Coughlan 

Solo: Matt Lindop

Solo: Ashley Twist 

Solo: John Ravenor

Solo:  Katie Hills

Soprano: Sadie Thompson 

Repiano: Nicola Harrison 

Second Cornets:

Thomas Hawkins 

Andrew Hawkins 

Jake Friend

Third Cornets:

Michelle Edmonds

Katie Shaw

Horns 

Flugel: Jeff Folkins 

Solo: Barbara Page 

First: Ruth Harrison 

Second: Vacancy

Baritones 

First: William Coulter 

Second: Nicola Gilbert

Second: Peter Davies

Trombones 

First: Lizz Hinton

Second: Kenny Durbin 

Bass: Keith Loxley 

Euphoniums 

Solo: Graham Knightley 

Second: Olivia Shaw

Second: Neil Beardsworth

Basses 

Eb: Felix Schiermann 

Eb: George Cole 

Eb: Greg Tubby

Eb: Jonathan Gale 

Bb: Terence Cook 

Bb: Barry Batchelor 

Bb: Jack Shefford

Percussion 

Kit: William Harrison 

Tuned: Vacancy

COMMITTEE 2022 

Honorary Vice-President 

Dr Rodney Newton 

President 

Peter Davis 

Chairman 

Jeff Folkins 

Vice Chairman 

Barbara Page 

Secretary 

Ruth Harrison 

Treasurer 

Alan Coughlan 

Contest Secretary 

Kenny Durbin 

Committee Members 

George Cole 

Andrew Hawkins