With around 40 amateur and semi-professional musicians, the Sleaford Concert Band is going from strength to strength. Conducted by Jim McQuade, the Director of Music, the band has an extensive library of music journals and perform pieces from almost every genre including classical, big band, jazz, TV and film and light concert pieces, there's something to suit everyone.
Over the past 10 years, the Band has won numerous awards for its charity work having raised over £30,000. This includes being nominated for The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in 2012 and although it was unsuccessful, it did get into the last five nominations from the whole of Lincolnshire.
The band has also undertaken several foreign tours. In 2000 it visited Marquette-Lez-Lille in France as part of the Twinning agreement with Sleaford. It returned to Lille in 2009, visited Berlin in 2011, Paris in 2013 and Barcelona in 2015. Plans are already afoot for the band's 2017 tour to Hungary.
If you'd like to listen to the band, click on the play button below to hear the Sleaford Concert Band playing Olympic Spirit, from the 1988 Summer Olympics
The Sleaford Training Band was formed in 2000 by members of the Sleaford Concert Band who decided that a feeder band should be created to encourage young musicians to learn to play in an ensemble.
The Training Band exists to introduce new musicians, young and old, to the special delights of playing in a band. It acts as a proving ground for those not yet ready to join the full Concert Band directly, and is a most enjoyable way to start Saturday mornings.
Ken Garfield (Solo Clarinet) was asked if he would conduct the band and Ken has led the band both in rehearsals and in public performances. Initially The Training Band was made up of young people but as time went on more and more adults were attracted to the band and today there is a nice mixture of children and adults. Many of the adults have learned to play a secondary instrument in The Training Band.
Over the past year a group of musicians from within the Sleaford Concert Band, led by Jim McQuade Director of Music have created a traditional 1940's Glenn Miller Band known as Miller Magic. Playing at events such as Heckington Show, the music festival held at Grimsthorpe Castle and also for the Local Council, this band is going from strength to strength. Playing music such as In the Mood, American Patrol, Little Brown Jug and many more, the band is now looking to obtain original 1940's outfits to really play the part.