Chalgrove Band is a Second Section brass band from Oxfordshire in the south of England. We rehearse on Wednesday evenings at 7:45 with additional rehearsals before contests and concerts on Sunday mornings at 10.30am. Our rehearsal room is the Village Hall, Chalgrove, Oxfordshire, OX44 7TE.
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The banding world’s own Dumbledore, Richard Evans, gave Chalgrove Band a good workout during the first weekend in March, adding his own touch of magic to the band’s performance of Plantagenets in preparation for the Areas contest later in the month. This is the fourth year that superconductor Evans has worked with the band, and his extra bit of polish has undoubtedly contributed to the band’s recent success in Areas contests. Richard always appreciate’s Chalgrove’s strong social spirit, and he joined the band for a curry after the rehearsal on Saturday. He certainly expects a lot of concentration and effort from the players, but it’s always an enjoyable experience. Bring on the Areas!
The last few weeks have been busy ones for the band, getting to grips with the test piece for the London & Southern Counties Area contest in Stevenage on Sunday 17th March. Musical Director Terry Brotherhood has been rehearsing Plantagenets with individual sections of the band, and Wednesday 13th February marked the band’s first full-band rehearsal following the sectionals. “Things are going really well,” said Terry. “This is a very musical piece which suits the band well.” The band is also looking forward to intensive rehearsals with brass band legend Richard Evans over the weekend of 2nd-3rd March to add some extra polish. The band goes into the contest ranked second in the region, so a good result could see Chalgrove promoted to the First Section for 2014. Everyone’s enjoying playing the test piece, so let’s keep our fingers crossed, and keep practising.