The community band for Durrington
and the surrounding area
The Durrington Walls Wind Band was formed in September 2005 to provide continuity of musical opportunity for children moving between schools. It is a true Community Concert Band with players of all ages and abilities welcomed. We particularly hope to encourage adults, who had learned an instrument in their school days but then gave up as their lives developed, to join us. Several playing members came back this way. Children still join as their skills develop, usually after reaching Grade 3 on their instrument, but, as from 2013, a Training Band was formed taking very early players of any age, including those re-starting after an enforced pause, and music is specifically arranged for this group so that all abilities are able to take a contributory part. As the skills of the more advanced players improve, they start to join the main band for part or all of its rehearsals.
The band is a friendly, sociable group of musicians who play for pleasure and enjoyment. Rehearsals are relaxed and fun and the band is often in demand for local events as well as playing entertaining concerts from time to time.
From January 2016 we have had the privilege to have been able to appoint a professional Conductor, now retired from service as conductor of the Cheshire Regimental Band
To cover expenses, members pay a small termly subscription (half price for children and second members in a family) but no money is paid to leaders for their very special contributions. Any money raised from events is paid in full into the band funds