Thornsett Band would like to introduce their new Musical Director. Alan Bamber.
Alan has been with the band since he was 10. Learning to play in the junior band and working his way from backrow cornet to principal cornet and is now trying his hand at conducting.
Although new to conducting he has helped take the learner band for the last couple of years. Outside of Thornsett Band Alan is a successful SEND Swimming teacher helping run the family business ‘Bambers Inclusive Swimming’. He also helps run a local youth Gilbert and Sullivan theatre group ‘PB Theatricals’. Alan says ‘I hope to bring my knowledge of teaching and my love of music to make Thornsett Band a great place to learn, play and enjoy music’.
We welcome any players, old and new, to the bandroom. We rehearse on a Monday evening. 6-7pm for learners and 7-9pm for experienced players.

How to join the band

To join the band you can simply come along to a practice held every Monday. 6pm – 7pm during term-time. This might be a daunting, so you can make contact via email and one of the senior members of the band can discuss the band with you.

A new starter, without any experience will get 1 to 1 tuition to get the basic techniques before graduating into the junior band with the other learners. You don’t need to buy an instrument; you will be given an instrument. When the musical director feel you are ready to move into the main band they will let you know and invite you to stay on for part of the main band practices held straight after the Leaner Band 7pm – 9pm. This way learners can gain confidence playing and transition into the main band easier.

If you are already an experienced brass band instrument player, you can come along to the main band practice held on Monday 7pm – 9pm and have a blow.