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Bristol Concert Wind Band is a community band that has been active and performing in Bristol, UK for over 35 years. Our family of bands and groups promote wind music in the region through tuition, development and performance opportunities for adults of all ages.

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 The Intermediate Bands 

 Blown Away! 

 Winds Of Change 

 Swings Cool 

 
Blown Away!
Directed By Rob Bartlett
Rehearses 7:30 - 9:30pm Every Thursday at Bethesda Independent Methodist Church, Staple Hill BS16 4QH
Grades 4 - 6

Blown Away! are a higher intermediate band catering for players between grades 4 and 6 who would like to improve. Many players eventually progress to playing in Bristol Concert Wind Band itself. Blown Away! plays at least one formal concert and summer outside gigs in and around Bristol each year.

Where We Rehearse
Winds Of Change
Directed By Rob Bartlett
Rehearses 7:30 - 9:30pm Every Tuesday at Downend Library BS16 5TW
Grades 2 - 5
Where We Rehearse

Winds of Change are the first of the intermediate bands with many players progressing from the 2 year learner course to this level. They enjoy playing a wide variety of music between grades 2 and 5.

The band is also great for returning players to find their form and feet after a break of a few years. We actively encourage players to improve with a view to move up to Blown Away! when they feel ready and fancy a new challenge. Winds of Change plays a number of gigs and local events throughout the year.

 
Rob Bartlett  - MD of Blown Away! and Winds Of Change

 

Started learning the trumpet at 15 then took up piano at 17. Passed grade 8 trumpet at school, then studied with David Shead (Wells Cathedral school) for the DipABRSM in performance Trumpet (passed in 1995), Grade 8 theory of music, Grade 6 piano.

Rob has been a private brass teacher for over 25 years with a 100% pass rate on entry of pupils to examination. He currently holds a seat in the Bristol Concert Orchestra, Bristol Chamber Orchestra, Cheltenham Chamber Orchestra and the Baroque Ensemble with the Beaumont Singers at Wells Cathedral School. He has and continues to dep for Bristol Brass Consort, Bath Symphony Orchestra, Bristol Metropolitan Orchestra, The Brunel Sinfonietta and many big bands in the Bristol area. He is a specialist in baroque performance on both period and modern instruments.

Swings Cool is a monthly class for people who want to learn to play swing band music where the focus is on playing together for fun rather than public performances. New players are welcome with or without experience of swing music. You may have noticed that in swing music the dots mean different things to their classical interpretation (quavers longer than crotchets can be particularly confusing) and we learn how to play them. The class is lead by experienced band leader Derek Lawrence. 

Traditional swing bands have 5 saxes, 4 trumpets, string bass, keyboard, drums and sometimes guitar. As our objective is for everyone to learn the swing style we don't limit the numbers in any section and we welcome other instruments. We also don't laugh at anybody!

We rehearse on a Sunday morning once a month. Contact us if you would like to take part.

Where We Rehearse
Swing's Cool
Directed By Derek Lawrence
Rehearses Sunday morning once a month at Downend Library BS16 5TW
Mixed Ability