Burnham Concert Band is a community wind band, founded in 1975. Members of the band share a love of playing and a determination to achieve the highest standard we can.
We play a variety of music including marches, swingtime, classical and of course tunes from films and the shows. Interested in hearing us, booking us or joining us? Please explore this site to find out more.
We resumed meeting in the summer of 2020 and played on Windsor Bandstand (pictures above and below). We were able to perform again at Christmas, although some events were cancelled due to the pandemic. We are continuing to rehearse in 2021 and hope to be putting on a concert in the coming months.
On Thursday 2nd December 2021 we were playing carols on Burnham High Street in their late night shopping / Christmas Fayre event - see the pictures. Next, on Friday 10th December 2021 we held our main Christmas concert at Burnham Park Hall. Another concert at St Anthony's in Farnham on Sunday 19th was unfortunately cancelled. But we also fielded 'small bands' to play at the Rotary carols at St Peter's Burnham on 7th Dec, and the Burnham Methodists' Christmas tree festival on Sat 11th.
And it was great to be back!
Summertime in Windsor
Video recording - Donald Miller
Still photography - Gill Poulton
Video editing - thanks to 'a good friend'
Aircraft effects - BA Airbus 380!
Sorry, you missed our performance on Windsor Bandstand in August. The weather was kind to us, a crowd gathered, and we had a great time! There are more photos of the day on the "Picture Galleries" page of this site, or see and hear us in action on this video.
The band is based in and around Burnham, in the leafy Thames Valley, or South Buckinghamshire if you prefer. Go to 'More about the band' for details of rehearsals and if you are interested in joining.
We perform in the local area and our main concerts are now held at Burnham Park Hall (pictured below) with its excellent facilities.
We play most summers on Henley bandstand and at a couple of other outdoor events. We're keen to do more of that - if you would be interested in having us play at your event, use Contact Us to get in touch.
... Concert Band
Yes, there's a clue in the title. We're... um... a band that plays concerts.
So is that the same as a brass band?
Now don't go upsetting our Director, please! Concert Bands evolved from the military bands which have a long and proud tradition. They include whole sections of instruments (flutes, clarinets, saxophones...) which you won't find in a brass band. Conversely, there are some instruments that are specific to brass ensembles.
We play in a range of settings - formal concerts 'indoors' but also out and about at fetes, bandstands, and so on.
We play a wide mix of repertoire. Think Liberty Bell or Colonel Bogey, but also John Williams, Tribute to Count Basie, Hootenanny, Mancini, Philip Sparke, Oliver, Bohemian Rhapsody, Leroy Anderson, Palladio, Doyen and much, much more. What's not to enjoy?
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