About

Welcome to the Homepage of Chester Wind Band!

Chester Wind Band are always looking for new members and after receiving a substantial lottery grant a number of years ago, we are also able to offer a number of instruments to new players who don’t have their own instruments.

We currently have a number of instruments available :

These are available to anyone who plays and doesn’t have their own instrument and are subject to a small insurance fee.

We rehearse every Monday evening at Blacon High School between 7pm and 9pm.

There is a small fee of £25 per year that goes towards the Band’s running costs. So, if you’re interested why not come along?

Chester Wind Band is available for booking. Please contact us on 01244 292635.

We are able to offer small ensembles, if the Main Band is too large for your requirements.

Band History
Chester Wind Band was originally set up in 1989 by Peter McNulty, the former Headteacher of Blacon High School and former MD Edward Milner. The Lord Mayor provided some financial backing and a financial award from the National Lottery Arts Fund ensured further expansion, and helped towards the purchase of new instruments. Concerts are given to raise money for local charities and for the Band to expand their music library.

They (and selected ensembles) have recently played at Ellesmere Port Civic Hall, Eaton Hall, Hargrave ‘Happy Days’, Hawarden Remembrance Service, Abbey Gate school, and the Countess of Chester Tree of Lights  service, to name but a few!

Their repertoire is varied and all musical tastes are catered for. They play music ranging from Hollywood Blockbusters, such as Raiders of the Lost Ark and Jurassic Park to classical pieces such as Bach’s Toccata in D Minor and good old traditional Last of the Proms fare, Fantasia on British Sea Songs and Jerusalem.

Current Musical Director.
Neil Watson BA (Hons), PGCE

Neil joined the army as a musician in 1977. He retired from the army in 1994 after serving with the Regimental band of the Staffordshire Regiment in the UK, USA and Germany.  He completed two tours of Northern Ireland and was a front line medic in the first Gulf War.  Neil completed a year at the Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall under the tutelage of Denzil Floyd, Trevor Sharpe and Gordon Turner.  Since 1994, Neil has been a freelance peripatetic brass teacher but currently is the Quality Assurance Manager for Wirral Schools’ Music Service, the lead partner of Musical Routes.  He is acknowledged as a leading teacher in World Music, Musical Futures, Music ICT and Music for SEN pupils.

 

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