Band association hits the high notes as charity status granted

February 28 2016

MUSICIANS are celebrating after their group of bands achieved registered charity status.

The Avon Wind Band

MUSICIANS are celebrating after their group of bands achieved registered charity status.
The Avon Wind Band Association was established two years ago and features four bands and nearly 90 members – one of them rehearsing in Yate and another in Winterbourne.
Between them they cater for players of all levels and abilities, ranging from the senior Phoenix Wind Band, whose players are of grade six standard and above, to the Winterbourne Winds for complete beginners and players returning after a break.
The Phoenix band members rehearse on Monday nights in Emersons Green library, while the Winterbourne band meets on Thursday evenings in the Greenfield Centre, Winterbourne.
The other bands are the Apollo, whose players practice on Tuesday nights in Yate, and the Westerly Winds Staple Hill Band, which gets together on Wednesday evenings in Staple Hill library.
Keith Hunt, the charity’s chairman, said the minimum age for band membership was currently 18 but that would soon be reduced to allow 16 and 17-year-olds to join one of the bands.
He said: “It would be a fitting way to celebrate the new status of the association if membership reached 100 this year.”
Anyone interested should email keh35@blueyonder.co.uk or phone 0117 904 9125 for more details or visit the band’s website www.avonwindbandassociation.com