Challney Concert Band meet on a Thursday night at Challney Community College, Stoneygate Road, Luton from 7.30pm to 9.30pm.
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The band was founded in 1991 at Challney Community College by Richard Guess who has worked with young brass players in Luton and South Beds for more years than he wants to admit to. He is currently involved with the Leighton Buzzard Salvation Army Band and Junior Band. The band is now conducted by Mark Eames who has played 1st Clarinet and been Deputy Conductor for a number of years.
Challney Concert Band provides local musicians, both young and old, with the opportunity to practise, perform and enjoy a wide variety of music. It also gives young musicians an opportunity to continue their music if they leave school at the age of 16.
The nucleus of the band is still ex-members of the Challney Schools' Band, which has long been prominent in the local music scene, but many musicians not connected with the Challney Schools have come to play with us. There are no auditions, what we ask is that players are enthusiastic and be able to play to a 'reasonable' standard - usually thought of as Grade 5 but having taken formal grades is not essential.
The band aims to play a minimum of three concerts a year at Challney, and also to support other local events and charities in and around the Luton area.
We are self-supporting financially with members paying a small subscription each term. We play a wide range of music, some 'fun' pieces, music from films and shows, classical arrangements and, of course, marches.. Click here for a look at a selection of the pieces we play
Click here for details of our Future concerts