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Everyone at Hemel Hempstead band wishes Peter Davis, Band President a very happy 90th birthday. Peter joined the John Dickinson band, as it was known back then, as an engineering apprentice in 1946 he would not have imagined that 76 years later he would still be playing. Peter was one of the writers of our band’s history; you can find out more by visiting the ‘Band History’ page on our site. Congratulations Peter! (February 2022)

Like most brass bands, we are at our busiest during the lead up to Christmas; playing mainly carols at all sorts of events, mainly across Hertfordshire. The little snippet here was recorded at the switching of the lights in Kings Langley in November 2021; we had some snow! Click here to find out more about the history of Brass at Christmas courtesy of Brassed on Blog.

September 2021 – A recording of one of the band’s rehearsals prior to the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain 2021. The band achieved 4th place out of 14 bands. Read more here.

‘An Elgar Portrait’ composed by Dan Price in commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the birth of English Composer Sir Edward Elgar.  The suite is in three movements; Introduction, Elegy and March, each of which have been inspired by three of Elgar’s most celebrated works; Chanson de Matin, Nimrod (Variation IX from the Enigma Variations) and Pomp and Circumstance No.1.

With thanks to Dan Price and Kirklees Music.

Spring 2019  –  During the Covid-19 epidemic, the band were not able to rehearse together at all, in fact it was to be May 2021 before we were able to rehearse altogether again, still with social distancing rules being observed. The band’s MD, Paul organised and put together this recording, made from individuals own ‘at home’ recordings. Those who took part were glad to be able to perform during this difficult time.