Dartford Concert Band - Letter from the Secretary...
I hope that you are all well.
Sadly we are going to have to cancel rehearsals in line with the government’s recommendations on limiting unnecessary social contacts.
I don’t know when we will be free to restart them but if our more mature (over 70) members are being asked to self-isolate for 12 weeks from this weekend, we are into mid-June before they might become ‘socially mobile’ again.
In the meantime keep practicing your instruments, set yourself a challenge such as extending your range (tonal and dynamic) or learning your scales (major, minor, chromatic) better and we will all benefit when we come together again. You will probably need something to do to fight the boredom of being stuck at home!
There are lots of resources available on-line, IMSLP Petrucci Music Library (https://imslp.org/wiki/Main_Page) has thousands of pieces of free music, including (old) method books for all instruments if you need inspiration and there are a lot of YouTube videos as well.
Look after yourselves and your loved ones,
Keep in touch, see you as soon as possible.
Welcome to Dartford Concert Band
Dartford Concert Band formed in 1979 with the aim of allowing musicians of all ages to come together to make music. From an initial attendance of 10 people the band has grown to a regular membership of around 35. We still maintain the aim of allowing people to have fun making music and welcome brass and woodwind players to join us at our rehearsals on a Wednesday evening.
We perform concerts at a number of venues including the Bandstand in Central Park, village fetes, local churches and play for the “Arrow Riding Centre for the disabled” Christmas Carol Service every December. In recent years a number of our members have also supported Dartford Salvation Army playing Christmas Carols at Sainsbury’s in Crayford.
Dartford Concert Band is always keen to welcome new members to all sections of the band. Trumpet, bassoon, and lower brass players would be particularly welcome!!