We’re graded as a 4th-section band. As we are currently short of a few players we do not take part in contests, but we intend to do so once we are back up to full strength. Some of our players have long experience of brass banding, others are less experienced. What brings us together is that we enjoy making music and performing for local audiences.
Is there a minimum standard for players?
The Town Band, which rehearses on Monday evenings throughout the year, welcomes players who have reached approximately Grade 4 standard.
We run a Brass Beginners’ Club and an Intermediate Band on Friday evenings during school term-time. We can’t promise to teach you to play a brass instrument from scratch, but we’ll give you every encouragement to learn. If you don’t already read music, don’t worry, you soon will! Our aim is to provide a friendly and supportive environment in which you can develop your playing. If you don’t possess your own instrument, the band has instruments available for loan. Provided you are prepared to practise, you’ll soon find that you can enjoy making a useful contribution to the group’s sound.
Our Band Room
The Band owns its own bandroom in Croft Close, Easingwold (postcode YO61 3DB). We’ve made it into a pleasant and welcoming place for rehearsals. There is parking in the road outside, and the public car park behind Easingwold’s excellent community centre (‘The Galtres Centre’) is only a few yards away.
How long has Easingwold Town Band been going?
The earliest reference in our possession to the existence of a brass band in the town is a newspaper report of 1838. A town band has existed in various forms from that year onwards. As a standard British-style brass band, Easingwold Town Band has been in continuous existence since 1901.
Town Bands – a centuries-old tradition
Town Bands have existed in Europe and Britain since medieval times. With stringed, woodwind, brass and percussion instruments, they were an important part of civic and religious ceremonies and celebrations.
Modern brass instruments with valves were invented in the early 19th century. Adolphe Sax, of saxophone fame, also developed the saxhorn family of instruments that, along with the trombone, make up the standard British brass band — cornet, flugelhorn, tenor & baritone horns, euphonium and tuba. Popularised by the demonstration of saxhorns’ capabilities at the Great Exhibition of 1851, brass banding spread throughout the country, with many bands formed by miners and factory workers, as well as the armed services and of course the Salvation Army.
Below is a picture of Easingwold Town Band back in 1911!