To whom it may concern regarding the arrangements made at Hitchin Band
Rehearsals: All rehearsals for Hitchin Band, Hitchin Community Brass and Hitchin Youth Band are cancelled until further notice
Engagements: Please see the list of engagements below which we are keeping up to date, as you can imagine, the events that were planned in the next couple of months have been cancelled or postponed.
Contact: Please feel free to continue to contact us, the contact details are in the contact section below.
Thank you for your continued support and we are looking forward to getting back to normal and proceeding with our concert programme.
Hitchin Band was formed in 1866, making it one of the oldest brass bands in the world.
We have three brass bands in our organisation:
- Hitchin Band
- Hitchin Community Brass
- Hitchin Youth Band
Hitchin band were promoted to the Championship Section of the London and Southern Counties Region from January 2019 having come from the 3rd section just a few years ago.
We are a friendly Brass Band with an active concert and contesting schedule. We rehearse in Hitchin on Monday and Thursday evenings.
If you wish to contact us please get in touch with
Dinah Birch on 07941 972894.
Nicholas Garman Joined Hitchin Band as Musical Director in May 2019.
We have no events currently booked
We are delighted to present Hitchin Band's CD. The CD was recorded to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the formation of the band. The CD is called "Because" after an arrangement of a song specially commissioned for Hitchin Band's Solo Horn player, Sarah Gibbons. The CD features a range of music that spans the years from 1866 up to date and shows off the talents of four of the band's soloists. It also includes an 8 page booklet with information and photographs about the history of the band.
The CD is available to buy for ten pounds at our events. Alternatively we can send one by post for an additional two pounds to cover P&P costs. For more details, please contact the Secretary, Dinah Birch on Tel 07941 972894 or send an email to email@example.com.
Track Listing from the CD
Because - Tenor Horn Soloist: Sarah Gibbons
In Perfect Peace
It Don't Mean a Thing
A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square - Trombone Soloist: Mike Thorn
Death or Glory
Cadillac of the Skies
How D'Ya Like Your Eggs in the Morning?
Soliloquy - Cornet Soloist: Dinah Birch
Merry Go Round
Song Setting - Mid all the Traffic
Puttin' on the Ritz
Concerto de Aranjuez - Flugel Horn Soloist: Alice Bailey
Light Cavalry Overture
Why do we need a brass band in Hitchin in the 21st Century?
All this from a group of 'amateurs' who, with support from family and friends who willingly give up there time and resources
to perpetuate the sound of the traditional brass band in Great Britain
Read all about the history of the band in an article by Mike Thorn: The Origins of Hitchin Brass Band (March 2016)
Hitchin Band require a 3rd horn player and also top quality percussion players to join our band.
Please contact bandmaster Dinah Birch for more information - 07941972894 or firstname.lastname@example.org
We are a friendly and sociable band with a busy and varied concert programme throughout the year.
We rehearse on Mondays and Thursdays from 7:45pm to 9:45pm at Hitchin Rugby Club, Old Hale Way, Hitchin. We undertake a variety of concerts, contests and performances throughout the year some serious and some for fun!
Are you interested or want further information? If so, contact us through our band secretary.
Email: email@example.com or Call Dinah Birch on Tel 07941 972894
Mr Eric Wythe C Eng MICE
Mr Jack Smith
Mr Duncan Henderson
Mr Gary Carney
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Hitchin Youth Band began in 2009 and is now firmly established, providing weekly rehearsals and regular public
performance opportunities for young brass players. We also enjoy social events such as bowling. We welcome
any young brass player from beginner upwards and have a team of volunteers on hand to give guidance at rehearsals.
We also have a selection of instruments available to lend out. Hitchin Youth Band aims to encourage young brass
players of any age; developing brass band ensemble skills and a love of music-making. We have two annual awards
which are presented to members who demonstrate particular progress and commitment.
Rehearsals are held each Monday (excluding bank holidays), 6.30-7.30pm at Hitchin Rugby Club, Old Hale Way, Hitchin SG5 1XL. There is a charge of one pound per rehearsal. Please get in touch if you are interested in coming along. We are always happy to see newcomers!
Please use the contact numbers below to get in touch
Hitchin Community Brass had their first rehearsal in February2017. The idea was to offer a playing opportunity for brass
players who no longer play with a regular band or are still learning and would like to gain some ensemble experience.
Initially rehearsals were on the second Wednesday of the month with the band being taken by Hannah Landsman. At the first
rehearsal there were more than 20 players in attendance with varying degrees of ability, some of whom had not played for
more than 20 years and rehearsals still attract an average of 20 or more players.
Now at the beginning of it’s 2nd year rehearsals have been increased to twice a month on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday’s of the month between 7.30pm and 9.30pm at the bandroom at Hitchin Rugby Club, Old Hale Way, Hitchin. New players ( particularly cornets / trumpets ) are always welcome regardless of ability. We would love to see players from the Beds, Bucks & Herts areas. There is no age limit so whether you are a bit rusty, young or old, all are welcome. There will be an opportunity to pick music you would like to play from the extensive music library of Hitchin Band.
A small donation of £3 per session would be welcome. For more information or to register an interest please contact us using the contact details below
We are here if you need to talk!
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Friends of Hitchin Band
The object of the CIO is the advancement of the art of music, in particular brass band music, in Hitchin and the surrounding area, for the public benefit by:
(a) Offering training and coaching to musicians of all ages to enable them to play to a standard ready for public performance and to develop their musical abilities;
(b) Performing public concerts of varied and informative programmes;
(c) Collaborating with other groups and individuals to enhance the offering to audiences.
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