Picnic in the Park

You may have heard the welcome sound of Downton Band members busy preparing for their first concert since coming out of lockdown. This will be an open air Picnic in the Park on Sunday 8 August at the Moot Gardens from 2pm. Entry is free and everyone is welcome to what promises to be a wonderful afternoon of community music. Bring your rugs, picnics and refreshments.

The Band is recruiting

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If you and / or your children would like to learn to play, the Band is hoping to welcome some new recruits. They provide an instrument on loan together with weekly tuition in an environment that is safe and strictly risk assessed. They cater for learners of all ages and parents are welcome to come and learn alongside their children. Beginners’ sessions are held on Mondays from 6pm at Downton Brewery car park. Please message Musical Director Paul on paul@downtonband.org if you wish to attend and he will arrange for pre-sanitised instruments to be available. 


If there are any former players out there who wish to return to the band, please let Paul know. The band desperately needs instruments, so if you are a former member and still have a band instrument that you have not yet returned, please arrange to return it as soon as you can at one of the practice times.


The easing of the third lockdown saw all four bands meet again outside in groups of six - and the band would like to extend a massive thank you to Downton Brewery, Downton Tyres and DHAP who have  allowed them to use their car parks to do this. The latest easing from May means that rehearsals can again take place as a full band for the first time since March 2020. 


The practice schedule is as follows:

Beginners’ Band 6pm – 6.30pm Monday. Open to anyone who wishes to learn a brass instrument. You will be loaned an instrument and the music and provided with  tuition – you just need to bring some enthusiasm and a willingness to practice! 

Senior Band 7.30pm Tuesday. Open to players who have achieved grade 5 or above. There are some places left, particularly tuba. Contact Paul for more details.

Training Band 6.20 – 7.20pm Wednesday. Open to players who have learnt an instrument for a year and can play five or more notes.

Jubilee Brass 6.15pm Thursday. Open to anyone

All rehearsals take place at Downton Brewery Car Park (or DHAP if wet) in Downton Industrial Estate.


For more information contact Paul on paul@downtonband.org.uk