ℹ️ About

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

Jess Harvey

Concert Band Manager

Hi, I’m Jess and I’m the Concert Band Manager for this year! I’m a second year Music student and I play the piano, saxophone and a bit of clarinet! I’m very excited to be involved with Blowsoc this year and I hope to continue create a family feel to the ensemble and have some amazing socials!!

Ollie Cowling

President, Concert Band Conductor, and Wind Orchestra Assistant Conductor

Hi, I'm Ollie and I'll be the President, one of the Concert Band Conductors and one of the Wind Orchestra Assistant Conductors this year! I'm a third year music student and I play the trumpet and piano. My main role this year will be talking to the SU and other music societies making sure that we are running as smoothly and safely alongside each other as possible. I'm also looking forward to conducting Concert Band for the second year and trying to find some great music for us to play!

Richard Shaw

Concert Band Conductor

Hi, I'm Richard (they/them pronouns please). I'm a 3rd year maths student. I play clarinet but I also attempt to play percussion and piano. I'm looking forward to leading concert band having worked with clarinets for the last couple of years. It's going to be an amazing challenge but one I'm sure everyone will enjoy.

📅 Rehearsals

Wednesdays, 13:00–14:10 in Rehearsal Hall.

🎭 Upcoming Concerts

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