The RAF Halton Area Voluntary Band is based in Wendover near Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire. Its members come from all walks of life, including the Armed Forces and the Civil Service. The majority of the band are local civilians who travel from a wide area to meet every Tuesday evening. The rehearsals are held at RAF Halton and we play from 19.30 to 21.30, with a break for a coffee and a chat! The band can provide a wide variety of ensembles to suit any musical event.
The curent Bandmaster is David Richards GCGI who has only been in post since the start of October. He has joined us after serving 36 years within RAF Music Services.
The band was originally formed in the 1920’s as an amateur musical outlet for the RAF apprentices, who learnt their various technical trades at Halton. In those long-gone days, each wing had its own band, who would march the apprentices to various parts of the camp for different lessons, parades etc. As Halton is no longer an apprentice training station, its members, whilst still amateurs, are drawn from a wider spectrum of service life. In fact, due to the increased number of civilians (civil servants and contractors etc.) that now work on military establishments, the membership of the band now includes ex-service and civilian musicians as well.The band performs at many different types of function each year, from official parades, air shows and concerts, to church services, formal dinners and receptions. The band is often to be seen during the summer months at bandstands around the country, especially in London and on the south coast. In recent years the band has toured abroad, playing concerts in Norway, France, Germany, Malta and Austria. October 2007 saw the band on a duty tour in Cyprus, playing for an investiture, for the British High Commission in Nicosia and at two service charity concerts.The present band is drawn from other RAF stations besides Halton. These include Benson, High Wycombe, Northolt, Brize Norton and MOD in London. This means that some band members regularly travel more than 30 miles to attend the weekly rehearsals and engagements.lessons, parades etc.
If you play a woodwind, brass or percussion instrument to around Grade 5 standard, then please speak to the Bandmaster David Richards who would be glad to give you any further information. You can either call on 07958 526399 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We would be particularly interested in hearing from Cornet and Tuba players.
Listed below are the future public engagements that the band will be attending.
If you would like any further information on joining the band, or are interested in booking the band for a concert, function or any type of engagement, then please either drop us a line or via the contacts listed below.