Join the band
Perfect for beginners and returners – once you know 5 notes, you're in!
Our flagship band playing traditional and contemporary pieces
Join the Big Band, Jazz Combo or our New Orleans-style Stompers
Expertly led by Jonathan Ticher, Premier Band introduces beginners and returners to playing in a group at ELCB.
Once players have learned the basics of their instruments and can play the first few notes confidently, they will be invited to join Premier Band and, with a little practice at home, most members join after just a term or two of tuition.
Premier Band is great fun. It introduces basic ensemble playing skills, builds on these and develops confidence and commitment through the joy of playing with others.
The aim of Premier Band is to get players into ELCB as soon as possible. A beginner player should be able to achieve this within a year of starting to play an instrument.
Director: Jonathan Ticher
6.45-8.15pm (break 7.30-7.45)
A huge repertoire for players of all ages, playing both traditional, popular and contemporary music on wind, brass and percussion instruments.
The original ensemble around which our other musical activities have developed over the years, main band currently boasts a 40+ strong membership and plays a variety of repertoire including movie themes, jazzy pieces, classical transcriptions, and more serious contemporary wind orchestra repertoire.
We perform several times a year giving concerts both locally and further afield, including at the National Contemporary Music (CoMA) Music Festival.
A friendly group, members join as soon as they are proficient enough. The age range is 8-80 years old. We play because we enjoy it, but we’re also proud to have won Silver in the National Concert Band Festival for three years running!
Director: Matthew Hardy
With a big band, small jazz combo and a fun New-Orleans style band, there's something for everyone in the jazz programme, whether you've never played jazz before or have your Charlie Parker solos all memorised, you'll just need a willingness to take part!
*April 2023 – please check whether there is space in our jazz groups by emailing us first*
A relaxed and fun group learning tunes by ear, aimed at those looking for a first taste of playing in a jazz ensemble.
A smaller group for those looking to explore jazz repertoire and individual improvisation in more detail.
BIG BAND 7.45-8.45pm
A traditional big band playing compositions and arrangements by the likes of Count Basie, Charles Mingus and Duke Ellington.
Director: Rory Ingham
A brilliant route to making
music in a group
A great way for our youngest members and adult beginners alike to get to grips with basic rhythms and timings. We offer a Drumline group with regular performance opportunities.
The whole family can get involved in the percussion ensemble which is held before Premier Band.
Leader: Percussion Tutor
A member-led choice of repertoire
features in this smaller group
Any member of ELCB can sign up to be in the Chamber Band. The repertoire is selected by the members and tends more towards classical music.
Arrangements are created specifically for those instruments that are in the group. Recent repertoire has included music by Fauré, Mozart and Poulenc as well as the Also Sprach Zarathustra Fanfare by Richard Strauss and Over the Rainbow from Harold Arlen's Wizard of Oz.
Director: Matthew Hardy
Early Music Group
A self-led group for those interested
in exploring this beautiful genre
Recorders and strings exploring renaissance and early baroque music, with an emphasis on listening to and communicating with each other to refine the performance quality without a conductor.
The music is chosen/arranged to stretch the skills of the group as a whole and of each player and often includes short solo sections.
Beginners are very welcome and can be buddied up with existing players.
Leader: Kate Gould