About The Band

The Morley And District Concert Band was formed in September 1998 by Aubrey Beswick (14/04/1933 – 22/01/2013). He subsequently retired, leaving the band in July 2007. Paul Backhouse conducted the band for the 2007/2008 academic year, however he left the band for personal reasons in July 2008. Thomas Pitts took over conducting duties.

We are open to all ages and abilities, although a reasonable standard of playing would be needed. The band has traditional concert band instrumentation – a woodwind section currently consisting of flutes, Bb clarinets, bass clarinet and saxophones – alto, tenor and baritone; and a brass section consisting of trumpets/cornets and baritone/euphonium.

A recent explosion of interest in this website, and through Leeds Council Summer Concert leaflets, has seen the band expand to an unprecedented size. However, we are continuing to look for players to fill out parts and would welcome anyone to contact us with regard to visiting a rehearsal.

We play a variety of pieces, from music specifically written for this combination of instruments by composers such as Vaughan Williams, Phillip Sparke and Holst, arrangements of popular music and film scores, traditional marches by composers such as Sousa, and also arrangements of music from the orchestral repertoire.

Thomas Pitts – Director of Music

September 2017

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