About the band
Ascot Brass was formed in Ascot in 2001 when twelve brass-playing friends came together to play at a wedding. The ensemble continued to rehearse together and soon expanded to become a full size concert brass band that presents a number of high quality concerts per annum in the Thames Valley area.
In just the last few years, its music-making has raised many thousands of pounds for numerous charities and youth music-making groups. The band itself is a registered charity.
The band rehearses regularly on Monday evenings at the Salvation Army hall in Maidenhead (see Personnel page for details).
From the outset, Ascot Brass has shared its events with young musicians and has worked with the Taplow Youth Choir and Junior Choirs, Berkshire Youth Choir and Berkshire Youth Percussion Ensemble as well as with highly acclaimed choral groups such as Signature, Tamesis Chamber Choir and Staines Salvation Army Songsters.
As well as showcasing highly accomplished young soloists, the band has also been privileged to feature brass virtuosi Philip Cobb and David Daws and our engagements have included accompanying massed choirs in Karl Jenkins’s Mass for Peace, “The Armed Man”, at Reading concert hall and participation in a celebrity gala concert at the Theatre Royal, Windsor.
In 2009, Ascot Brass was privileged to become the first non-military band to provide music at Royal Ascot and features prominently at the Ascot Christmas Meeting in December.
Windsor Parish Church is home to the band’s Christmas charity concert on the second Saturday in December each year.
The band’s programme of events can be found on its website, www.ascotbrass.org.uk and on Facebook