The origins of the Amersham Band can be traced back to 1845, becoming the “Amersham Sons of Temperance Band” under Musical Director George Ward in 1890. The band flourished during the following twenty or so years and became known as Amersham Town Band. There was a break in continuity during the First World War, after which it was re-formed in 1928 under the musical direction of Herbert Fountain. It was disbanded again during the Second World War, finally being re-formed in 1977.
On the contest stage, Amersham Band has been increasingly successful in recent years. Since 2012 the band has risen from the fourth to the second section of the National Championships. In 2018 the band will be promoted to the first section and is competing in the National Finals for the fourth time since 2010. In May this year the band was awarded first prize in the Southern Counties Entertainment Contest “B Section”.
In addition to the main band, there is also a second band, Amersham Community Brass, for developing players which now has over 40 members and which also performs at local events and concerts. The band also runs a beginners teaching group, Brass Roots, which is introducing new players to the joys of group music making.
Looking forward, the band is hoping to launch a new Youth Band and to establish a Brass Academy. Plans are in place to construct a purpose built rehearsal facility in Amersham and the band is actively raising funds to support this initiative.
First Nationals appearance since 2013 (Section 3). qualified for the National Championships in 2000 (S4), but had to wait 10 years to qualify again (S4 2010). Total of 4 previous Nationals appearances, highest placing of 12th (S3 2013). First ever appearance at S2.
Principal Cornet: Will Watson
Soprano: Oli Moring
Flugelhorn: Kim Speller
Solo Horn: James Dickinson
Principal Euphonium: Paul Baker/Huw Jones
First Trombone: Ian Hogan
First Baritone: Sam Buckles
Eb Bass: Jeremy Stevens
Percussion: Bridget Harrison