Welcome to St Albans City Band

band_2011We are a friendly and community focussed brass band who have been making a contribution to local musical life for over 120 years. A busy schedule of concerts and engagements finds the band performing throughout Hertfordshire and beyond. We also have our own 10-piece group for hire who play a wide variety of music both old and new. 

We rehearse on Wednesday evenings from 8 - 10pm at our very own Bandroom which is located at Unit 5a, Parkway, Porters Wood, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL3 6PA. 

If you'd like to come along and meet us, please contact us.

 
 

traning_band_1_1.jpgThe St Albans City Training Band was formed in March 1978 by music teacher Arthur Waddington, a former player of the famous Wingates Temperence Band.

The band was formed to train and encourage school leavers to continue playing when they left school, although the band started with only eight of Mr Waddington's pupils, it quickly grew in numbers to full strength, although new players were always welcome.

During the band's first year they played at nine concerts mainly at hospitals, old folk's centres and fetes. They were also very active during the Christmas carolling festivities.

The band have a very active supporters club, most of them being parents of the younger members. A jumble sale was held which was a great success, other fundraising activities included a Christmas draw from which a soprano cornet was purchased.

The band purchased over £100 of music, and the aim was to purchase two basses, a flugel horn and tenor horn with money raised from fundraising.

Postscript.

After this helpful resumee from Arthur Waddington in the Spring of 1979 little more is heard of the Training Band. There is mention of them in the minutes of a meeting from September 1979 but I have found nothing after that. The photograph on this page is believed to have been taken at Napsbury Hospital and shows the Training Band probably at Christmas 1978 or 1979. The only faces that I can identify on it are Arthur Waddington (Conductor), Len Smith (Bb Bass - back row left) and Charlie Horsley (Cornet - to Arthur Waddington's right). All of the young people are unidentifiable, so I urge anyone who is in this picture, or who can identify any more faces to please contact me!

Nick Doolan 1st July 2005 



Latest Events

Sun Nov 26 @ 2:00PM - 04:00PM
Prince Michael of Kent Court
Fri Dec 08 @ 7:00PM - 10:00PM
St Albans MENCAP Carol Concert
Sat Dec 09 @12:00PM - 02:00PM
Carolling at St Albans Clock Tower
Sun Dec 10 @12:00PM - 02:00PM
Carolling at St Albans Clock Tower
Sun Dec 10 @ 4:00PM - 05:00PM
St Albans Mayor's Carols
Wed Dec 13 @ 7:00PM - 09:00PM
Carols at The Peahan PH
Sat Dec 16 @12:00PM - 02:00PM
Carolling at St Albans Clock Tower
Sun Dec 17 @12:00PM - 02:00PM
Carolling at St Albans Clock Tower
Tue Dec 19 @ 7:00PM - 09:00PM
Stagenhoe Carolling
Wed Dec 20 @ 7:00PM - 09:00PM
Carols at The Peahan PH