Blowzone

The Community Wind Band for Tavistock, Devon





Blowzone Rehearsal Dates


SUMMER TERM 2017
  • Apr 27
  • May 11 & 25
  • Jun 8 & 22
  • Jul 6 & 20
AUTUMN TERM 2017 (tbc)
  • Sep 7 & 21
  • Oct 5 & 19
  • Nov 2, 16 & 30
  • Dec 14
SPRING TERM 2018
  • Jan 11, 25
  • Feb 8, 22
  • Mar 8, 22
SUMMER TERM 2018
  • Apr 26
  • May 10, 24
  • Jun 7, 21
  • Jul 5, 19






Blowzone membership

New brass and woodwind players are always welcome. Our members are of all ages, from children to the retired, and range in experience from about Grade 3 to Grade 8 and beyond. About Grade 3 is the recommended minimum, but please discuss this with our musical director. If you haven't done any exams, that's fine (many of us haven't!) - it's the experience that counts.

Please feel free to drop into one of our rehearsals at any time - you're welcome to just watch if you want to see what we're like first. Alternatively, you might like to catch us when we're performing. If you'd like more information on anything, please contact us.

We charge a membership subscription (to cover costs such as room hire and purchase of music):

  • New Members (first term only): 5 or free if joining on the last two rehearsals of a term.
  • Normal term rate Adult Membership: 20 if paid on or before first rehearsal, 21 thereafter.
  • Normal term rate Young Persons Membership (under 18): 10 if paid on or before first rehearsal, 11 thereafter.

Wanted

Woodwind players - Blowzone is always happy to welcome new woodwind players, particularly as many of our younger players have left for university in the last year.

Brass players - Blowzone is always looking for more brass players - especially trumpet, trombone, and french horn players.

Percussionists - If you play drums or other percussion, we'd like to hear from you. Training can be provided for some percussion instruments - all you need is a good sense of rhythm and the ability to read music.

Bass guitar player - please contact us if you are interested in this position.

Rehearsals

We rehearse during school terms, on alternate Thursday evenings (7.30-9 pm), in the music department of Tavistock College, Crowndale Road, Tavistock, PL19 8DD. Our secretary can give you directions if you need them.

The music we play is varied and covers most genres. The aim is to provide interesting and varied parts for players of all levels of experience.


Section Leaders

Each section of the band has a leader who is responsible for providing practice music:
  • Flute/oboe - Carolyn
  • Clarinet - Melvyn
  • Saxophone - Peter
  • Brass - Maggi

Dress code for performances

  • Black trousers or skirt
  • Black shoes (no trainers please)
  • Blowzone polo shirt* 
    • Adult sizes: S, M, L, XL 14
    • Childrens sizes: very small 12, 'youth XL' 14. Part-exchange is available for growing children
  • Navy fleece* (optional, for outdoor events)
    • Adult sizes: S, M, L, XL, XXL 10

*Blowzone polo shirts and fleeces can be purchased through the band - please ask the membership secretary.

Constitution

A copy of our constitution can be seen here.

updated: 23 Mar 17