Concert Band is Blowsoc’s largest unauditioned ensemble. The incentive is to give all woodwind, brass and percussion players of any ability the chance to play some exciting music, meet new people and participate in some fantastic concerts. We welcome all players to come and join whether they have just picked up the saxophone or have a clarinet diploma. Concert Band has weekly rehearsals where they tackle a diverse programme from The Greatest Showman to American Barn dance and more traditional concert band repertoire. It gives people the chance to have some great fun playing recognisable tunes or learning new ones. Every christmas concert band does a joint concert with the Wind Orchestra and other small ensembles to make a giant ensemble, this is always a great end to the Blowsoc Christmas Extravaganza. Last year, Concert band did a joint concert with the University of Birmingham’s Wind Band, this was a fantastic collaboration and something we wish to do again in the future. Concert Band is completely student run and each year everyone has the opportunity to run for manager or audition for conductor. The ensemble was created in 2014, and this year we will be celebrating its 5-year anniversary! So if you would like to meet lots of musicians, please turn up to rehearsals.
👪 The Committee
General Secretary, Concert Band Conductor, and Saxophones Conductor
Ollie is a second year music student who plays trumpet and piano. He can always be found in the department, mainly pretending to practice! If you have any questions about our LTC programme feel free to contact him!
Concert Band Conductor, and Wind Orchestra Assistant Conductor
Kyle is a third year music student who plays both clarinet and saxophone, being an active member of the society, partaking in many ensembles and socials in the past two years. He is looking forward to conducting the two largest ensembles of the society.
Wednesdays, 13:00–14:10 in Rehearsal Hall.
🎭 Upcoming Concerts
📝 Recent Blog Posts
🎥 Previous Recordings
Blowsoc Concert Band: Satchmo!Satchmo! - arr. Ted Ricketts
A tribute to Louis Armstrong, this medley features his famous songs, "What a Wonderful World", "When the Saints Go Marching In", "St. Louis Blues'" and "Hello Dolly". Friends used to call Louis "Satchel Mouth" because of his large mouth; this then got shortened to the popular nickname "Satchmo". The piece also contains some trumpet solos and a Dixieland combo.
Blowsoc Concert Band: The Sun Will Rise AgainThe Sun Will Rise Again - Philip Sparke
Written in response to the devastating earthquake that struck Japan in 2011, this piece is filled with shimmering beauty and powerful emotions. Philip Sparke has specialised in writing for wind orchestras, following his studies in composition, trumpet and piano at the Royal College of Music.
Blowsoc Concert Band: The SimpsonsThe Simpsons - Danny Elfman
The Simpsons debuted in 1989, and there have since been 604 episodes of the popular TV show, making it the longest-running American sitcom and animated programme. The theme tune is noted as Danny Elfman's most popular throughout his career and has won several awards.
Blowsoc Concert Band: Les MiserablesBlowsoc's Concert Band performing a Les Miserables Medley in their Lunchtime Concert on Friday 24th March 2017.
Djanogly Recital Hall, University of Nottingham
Blowsoc Concert Band: GreaseBlowsoc's Concert Band performing a Grease medley at our joint concert with North East Derbyshire Music Centre's Festival Band in Chesterfield.
Sunday 5th March 2017.
Blowsoc Concert Band: River DanceBlowsoc's Concert Band performing River Dance at our joint concert with North East Derbyshire Music Centre's Festival Band in Chesterfield.
Sunday 5th March 2017.
CONCERT BAND TRiP TO CHESTERFiELD VLOGBlowsoc's small ensemble 'Concert Band' go on a trip to Ches-Vegas to play some grand music.
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Blowsoc Concert Band: Second Suite in F for Military BandListen to Concert Band play Second Suite for Military Band in F major by Holst! (Recorded 15/12/17)
Blowsoc Concert Band: Don't Stop Me NowListen to Concert Band play Don't Stop Me Now, originally played by Queen! (Recorded 15/12/17)
Blowsoc Concert Band: Sinatra in ConcertHear Concert Band play various pieces once performed by Frank Sinatra! (Recorded 15/12/17)
Blowsoc Concert Band: ThunderbirdsWith the first episode airing on 30th September 1965, Thunderbirds quickly became a household name, with its main theme becoming one of the most well-recognised tunes of the era. The release of the film in 2004 also revived the characters into the childhoods of concert band.
Blowsoc Concert Band: Highlights from the Sound of MusicBy 1966, The Sound of Music had become the highest grossing film of all time, surpassing Gone with the Wind. The arrangement today features some of the best-known pieces from the masterpiece: ‘The Sound of Music’, ‘My Favourite Things’, 'Do-Re-Mi’ and ‘Climb Ev’ry Mountain’.