Lancing band to play tenth anniversary concert

A COMMUNITY band will celebrate its tenth anniversary with a concert which promises to include something for everyone.

The Community Band of the Sir Robert Woodard Academy in Upper Boundstone Lane, Lancing, will perform an eclectic mix of musical styles at the St Paul’s Centre in Chapel Road, Worthing, at 7.30pm on October 26.

The Sir Robert Woodard Academy Community Band at rehearsals

The Sir Robert Woodard Academy Community Band at rehearsals

The concert will feature music from Michael Bublé, The Monkees, Stevie Wonder, Adele, Walt Disney’s Pirates of The Caribbean, and much more.

Tickets will cost £6 for adults and £5 for concessions.

Angie Emerson, 51, of Grafton Gardens in Sompting, plays drums and percussion and has been in the band for five years.

She said: “I like the social side of being in the band. It’s what you would call an all-inclusive band. You don’t have to be a fantastic musician.

“I started in my forties playing the drums and this was the perfect band to join. There is a relaxed atmosphere but we do strive to improve. Since I joined the band has improved massively. I get very nervous but I absolutely love performing.”

Although the band is affiliated with the academy, it is not a student band and is made of adults from the Lancing and Sompting area, and further afield.

Chris Shaw, of Chute Avenue, Worthing, plays the alto and soprano saxophone. He has been a saxophonist for nine years

Chris said: “It’s a fun environment to play in together, particularly because it’s a mixed-ability and mixed-age band that plays achievable stuff.

“We play a good range of music and there is good team support. Adam is always looking to get the best out of us and but is careful not to be like a teacher.

“There are some great numbers for the sax section.”

According to Chris, this is the first year the band will feature a saxophone quartet.

The band has been practising for the concert for nine months having taken on a new repertoire of music in the spring.

The band started in 2003 under the musical direction of Linda Cole, then head of music at Boundstone College.

It was formed as part of the college’s performing arts status, which continued after the school became the Sir Robert Woodard Academy in 2009.

When the band was created it had just eight members, but now boasts about forty musicians playing including trumpet, horn, trombone, tuba, flute, clarinet, saxophone and a range of percussion.

Piano teacher Adam Kempshall took over as musical director in 2006. He said: “We play music from a range of styles including swing, rock, film music and pop, among others.”

“We hope the concert will be a good evening’s entertainment. The band are all very enthusiastic and are working very hard to make sure it’s an excellent evening.

After the concert there will be a retiring collection in aid of the British Heart Foundation, the band’s chosen charity for this year.

The band is looking for more musicians so visit thecommunityband.com if you are interested in joining.