Fanfare for quartet of wind bands

Published on: 28 Feb 2016

Pheonix Wind Band

AVON Wind Band Association is celebrating being granted full registered charity status by the Charity Commission.
The Association came into being in February 2014. It comprises four bands with a total of nearly 90 members of all levels and abilities.
The Phoenix Wind Band is the senior band with the majority of its 28 players being of Grade 6 standard and above. It rehearses at Emersons Green Library on a Monday evening.
The Apollo Band has been together for just over three years and caters for players of around Grade 3 and 4. It meets in Yate on a Tuesday evening.
The Westerly Winds Staple Hill Band has been playing for just over two years and as its name implies meets in Staple Hill Library on a Wednesday evening.
The most junior band is Winterbourne Winds which was formed just under eighteen months ago for beginners and returners. They meet at the Greenfield Centre, Winterbourne on a Thursday evening.
Having a “family of bands” at all levels offers the opportunity for players to move to a different band as their skills develop. Currently the minimum age for band membership is 18 years but the Association is on the point of offering membership to 16 and 17-year-olds. Although based in South Gloucestershire, many of the players were attracted to the bands from further afield.
Keith Hunt, chairman of the charity, said “We are always open to welcome new members of all abilities and it would be a fitting way to celebrate the new status of the association if the membership reached 100 this year.”
Anyone interested in joining should contact Keith on 0117 904 9125 or by email who will be pleased to answer any questions. Further information can be found on at

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