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Godalming Band

Brass band in Godalming since 1937

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Youth Band Musical Director vacancy

Posted on Monday 03 June 2019

Godalming Band seeks applicants for the vacant post of Youth Band Musical Director.

Godalming Band is a friendly, hard-working and committed group who aspire to a high standard of music-making whilst enjoying the process. We are proud of our inclusive atmosphere and our commitment to developing all players, regardless of age or ability.

The Youth Band is an integral part of Godalming Band and as such the Musical Directors of both bands work together to ensure transition between the two bands.

Godalming Youth Band rehearses on a Monday evening, from 6pm until 7.50pm, during term time at our own band room in Godalming, Surrey and currently undertake a limited programme of public performances. These performances include the Youth Band sharing with the Godalming Band in the well attended Christmas Concert and also entering the Godalming Performing Arts Festival annually where they have seen success in recent years.

We are currently going through a transition period with some of our older members leaving for university and new players coming in. As well as working to ensure the continued success of our Youth Band, we are looking for someone who can work with the wider band organisation to build the youth and training opportunities available.

We look forward to welcoming you soon as we embark on the next chapter of our band’s story.

Please contact the Band Secretary, Wendy Ball (secretary@godalming.band) in confidence for further information on the position and application process. Closing date for applications Friday 21st June 2019.

scaba Band of the Year 2018

Posted on Sunday 30 September 2018

This weekend saw Godalming Band achieve a fantastic result, coming away with 1st Place, “Band of the Year”, and a clutch of prizes in the new morning competition at the scaba Autumn Contest, against an enlarged field of bands across four sections.

A win at the scaba Spring Contest earlier this year had put Godalming into contention for the prestigious title of “Band of the Year” going into the weekend. The second win sealed the 2018 title for Godalming, and Musical Director James Haigh was delighted to collect the trophy for the band.

“Winning scaba ‘Band of the Year’ for 2018 is a great follow up to our 80th Anniversary last year and shows how consistent the band has become. The commitment and talent of this local group of musicians is fantastic. I couldn’t be happier.” - James Haigh, Musical Director

The band’s chairman, Raymond Pont, added that this was “a truly proud and historic moment in the band’s history” and that it was “a reward for all of the hard work put in throughout the year” by the band and James Haigh.

Godalming chose to play Paul Lovatt-Cooper’s Vitae Aeternum (“Eternal Life”), a piece of three parts with a lively and exciting beginning, a tranquil and lyrical middle section featuring a cornet chorale and beautiful flugelhorn solo, then finishing with an energetic buildup. This performance won the band first place in the morning “B” section, prizes for conductor James Haigh, baritone player Sam Honeysett, plus three more prizes for the trombone, bass, and percussion sections.

Godalming Band shines in its new uniforms

Posted on Saturday 16 December 2017

At our annual Christmas concert on Saturday, Godalming Band came on stage for the very first time in their brand new set of jackets and ties, showing off the impressive new black and blue designs.

The band has been celebrating our 80th anniversary with two new concerts held in the spring and autumn, plus a spectacular evening with the Lewes Borough Bonfire Society all to raise money for the uniform replacement project.

In addition, we were grateful to receive a grant from Godalming Town Council, and contributions from Councillors Peter Martin and Penny Rivers, local councillors at Surrey County Council. With these contributions arriving in the past month, the new uniforms were able to be completed in time for the Christmas concert.

After the concert, Dominic Cleal said:

“It was an exciting and proud moment to see the band assemble and walk out in this new set of uniforms, looking very smart and well-fitted. We couldn’t have achieved it without the perseverance of our band members and the support from our supporters and council members in the local community.”

The uniforms used by the band have varied through the years, starting off with double-breasted, brass-buttoned Navy uniforms, and often featuring red piping or lapels throughout the years. The blue uniforms that the band are known for today originated in 1979 and were last refreshed in 1995 to coincide with the opening of the band room at Broadwater Park.

The new uniforms include a smart black concert jacket with blue lapels and gold embroidering, and a brand new tie with the Godalming Band crest featured in the centre of a blue and gold diagonal stripe. The uniform for the band’s prize-winning percussion section adds a new black waistcoat.

Godalming Band and Youth Band’s Christmas concert was a packed evening featuring over twenty pieces and many renditions of traditional carols in both works for the band and for the audience to sing along to. It comes towards the end of the carol season for the bands, as both the youth and senior bands have been out playing carols in villages, and visiting retirement homes and day centres around Godalming, Cranleigh and Guildford.

Christmas 2017 engagements

Posted on Tuesday 24 October 2017

Our engagements list has been updated for a busy Autumn and Christmas period!

Next for the band is an exciting first, as we travel to Lewes to take part in the world-famous bonfire night celebrations as guests of Lewes Borough Society. From mid-November we’ll be helping to kick off the Christmas season in Cranleigh and Godalming with the town lights, before starting our full season of carolling engagements.

Have a look at our engagements page to see where you can listen to the band this season!

Don’t forget, our Christmas CD “The Festive Season” is available to purchase online from this website (click here) or from the band if you see us about.

February 2017 newsletter

Posted on Sunday 12 February 2017

News from our busy Christmas season, where we launched The Festive Season and a successful joint Christmas concert.

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