The Dudley Performing Arts Wind Band consists of young people drawn from schools and colleges across the Dudley Metropolitan Borough.
The band rehearses for an hour each week and is just one ensemble in a network of ensembles providing performance opportunities for instrumentalists at all levels from beginners to more advanced players and for all genres including orchestras, brass bands, contemporary groups and choirs. The band gives regular concerts locally and further afield and we enjoy playing a variety of different styles of music.
Several of our band members have benefited from the Wider Opportunities programme with their first instrumental experience being part of whole class instrumental tuition. It is a testimony to the quality and inclusiveness of this programme that we now have so many talented students who have continued to play. Likewise, many of our players have benefited from the endangered species programmes where tuition has been heavily subsidised for certain minority instruments.
Members of the band regularly leave us to continue their studies at higher education institutions. Courtney Brown (bass trombone) recently commenced his studies at the Royal Academy of Music, following in the footsteps of a fellow Dudley bass trombonist (Lyndon Meredith) who is currently bass trombonist in the London Philharmonic Orchestra - they both attended the same primary school. This unusual musical coincidence is a demonstration of the talent that lies in the Borough.
The band is thrilled to be taking part in this evening concert and both of the band’s conductors took part in the same event (many years ago!) when they were students. They remember the wonderful experience they had and it is these memories which have been the motivation in trying to achieve the same for our current students, so that they too can have the chance to play on this world famous stage
Musical Director: Louise Jones
Age range of performers: 13 - 19 years
Bridges Over The River Cam – Derek Bourgeois