Join Us



  • BWCB Concert Band: Wednesday evenings, 8:15-10:00 pm, during term time.
  • BWCB Second Wind: Wednesday evenings, 7:00-9:00pm, during term time.
  • BWCB Beaufort Band: Wednesday evenings, 6:30-8:00pm, during term time.
  • BWCB Breakaway Brass: Tuesday evenings, 8:00-10:00pm, during term time.
  • Take place at the Open Learning Centre (OLC), Bracknell, Berkshire (map)
  • This term's rehearsals start from Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th September
Please contact us before coming along - see below for details


We encourage players of all wind band instruments to join us but reserve the right to decide which band is most suitable for new joiners, based on their experience and current band vacancies. In order to keep up with the standard and ambitions of the Concert Band, new players joining the Concert Band are expected to be at least grade 6 standard, with some band or ensemble experience. Currently to balance the band we are particularly seeking players who play low brass instruments and percussion instruments

For those who haven't had as much experience of playing their instrument, or prefer less formal music and performances, BWCB "Second Wind" is an ideal environment for joining in and improving alongside others with a similar outlook. Players of all wind and brass instruments are welcome, as well as those learning percussion. In particular we would like to encourage more players of flute, oboe, trumpet/cornet, trombone, French horn, euphonium or baritone horn, bassoon or percussion instruments. "Second Wind" players currently range in experience from 2 years' experience on their instrument up to grade 6 standard.
Players of brass instruments can also join Breakaway Brass which is a a small brass band formed as an offshoot group of BWCB.

Opportunities for learning a musical instrument

If you are in the early stages of learning a wind or brass instrument or percussion, come along to the Beaufort Band. It's the fastest and most fun way to improve! You will need to be able to read music. Lessons can also be arranged through Berkshire Maestros. It is never too late to learn!

Want to join us?

We welcome all new players and, as there is a wide range of musical abilities, we offer tremendous support within the band to help each other along. We strongly encourage anyone interested to come along to a rehearsal and have a chat. Please contact us beforehand and either speak to Gill at the Open learning Centre Bracknell (phone 01344 354227) or email so that we can look out for you.

Band subscriptions are currently £40 per member per term for the main band or Second Wind, or £25 for the Beaufort Band

What instruments can play in the wind band?

  • Wind: flute, piccolo, oboe, clarinet, alto clarinet, soprano (Eb) clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone
  • Brass: cornet, trumpet, french horn, euphonium, baritone horn, trombone, tuba
  • Percussion: wind band music is usually scored for drum kit, timps and 'mallet percussion' (xylophone, glockenspiel, vibraphone or marimba) with additional use of cymbals & all other instruments you can hit, shake or knock together (claves, castanets, triangle, tambourine, guiro, bongos, vibraslap, flexatone, etc, etc!). Percussion instruments are provided for us by Berkshire Maestros at the Open Learning Centre so come and have a go!