in 1980, Essex Concert Band has many years’ experience
in entertaining audiences both locally and further afield.
Away from home the band has performed concerts in Germany
and more recently on the bandstands in Bournemouth and St
James’ Park, London. However, our main aim is to make
a real contribution to our community by undertaking local
performances in conjunction with charities and fund raisers
and we regularly perform in schools, churches, village halls
and bandstands across Essex.
Concert Band has an extensive repertoire to call on, the wind
band format being well suited to a very wide spectrum of musical
styles. Transcriptions of famous orchestral works give access
to the music of the great composers of the past, whilst the
combination of brass and woodwind is ideally suited to music
from the shows and for imitating the sounds of the Big Band
Today, based around Colchester, Essex Concert Band is a true
community ensemble, welcoming musicians from all walks of
life including teachers and ex-professionals as well as enthusiastic
was established largely by ex-army musicians and rehearsed,
in the early days, at the Garrison Theatre but they welcomed
and encouraged the same cross section of the community to
be involved that we still have today. We're always keen to
learn more about our past. If you think you can help or have
photographs from past events, please get in touch.
Director is Geoffrey Harniess.