A history of Emsworth Concert Band
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1986 – The Emsworth Marching Band was formed by Kenneth Mann.
The objectives of the band are to:
1. To encourage and enable anyone of any age to improve their musical ability.
2. To enjoy being part of a team.
Over the years the band took part in marching displays at fetes, carnivals, and parades. Directed and taught by Royal Marines personnel who gave up their own time helping to teach the youngsters discipline and standards. This led to the band taking part in the National Youth Championships at the Albert Hall on several occasions leading to the band winning Supreme Champions in 1990. After reaching the pinnacle in the world of marching bands Ken decided in 1991 that the only way to further the original objectives was to concentrate on concert work and a more taxing repertoire.
Over the next few years the band performed at several local events and staged their own concerts in St James Church, Emsworth which the band continues to do to this day.
In 1997 members of the band had left to train at the Royal Marines, the Royal Military School of Music (Kneller Hall), and the Royal Air Force. This was as a result of playing music with the band; enjoying the team spirit of the band and through meeting members of the Royal Marines Band Service who came to support and encourage members.
The band is currently directed by Dean Waller (Bandmaster at the Royal Marines School of Music) as Ken knew he had the ability to take the band on further. The band continues to encourage new members whatever age or experience working towards their two annual concerts and other events throughout the year.
Tucked away in the south east corner of Hampshire on the shore of Chichester Harbour, Emsworth is a quiet and attractive yet vibrant and dynamic town where residents wouldn't live anywhere else and visitors can be sure of a friendly welcome.
Emsworth is popular with sailors, artists, naturalists and walkers. The two tidal millponds to east and west are host to a variety of wildlife. Emsworth has a long history connected with oyster fishing and boat building and still boasts traditional shipwrights and chandleries. Its attractive streets are lined with a mixture of architectural styles and high walled gardens and a walk around the town gives a genuine feel for the past, with exceptional harbour views.