Tutti Euphonium

Bb Bass

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Our next engagement is : Sunday 10th July - Stisted Hall Summer Fete, Stisted

The band has been established in South Essex for almost one hundred years and at the moment has almost full membership. We play a varied programme to a high standard and have a reputation for a progressive and changing repertoire of music. Under our musical director Alan Thorpe, we play mainly concerts but also perform at fetes and other functions.

The band is able to deliver high quality and entertaining concert programmes at the same time as maintaining a very friendly and inclusive atmosphere.

Rayleigh Brass do not enter contests like many bands, but seek instead to broaden the appeal of the band beyond the traditional brass band image, playing a wide and challenging repertoire, at the same time trying to relate to their audience.

Rayleigh Brass acknowledges its role in the community, and has raised funds in the past for BBC Children in Need and local hospitals, and is always willing to consider appearing at charity fund-raising events. In the weeks preceding Christmas the band fields several groups each day at locations throughout southern Essex, playing carols for shoppers, and at social functions, as well as maintaining a busy concert schedule.

Further from home, they have played on several occasions in Ypres, Belgium, culminating in a moving experience for the band and audience when they performed at the famous Menin Gate - the monument to the many thousands who lost their lives in the First World War at Flanders Fields.

It's with the utmost sadness we announce that our Chairman and dear friend Keith Williams passed away this morning. Keith was a larger than life character in every sense of the word, funny, warm, compassionate, generous, caring and tireless in his work for the band. It's in great part down to Keith that Rayleigh Brass has always felt more like a family, than a band. Today it feels like a huge void has opened up in our world, but in the coming days we will fill that with the wonderful and countless memories he has left us with. Rayleigh Brass and particularly the trombone section will never be the same again, but we are all the richer for having had the absolute privilege to call Keith our friend. We all loved him to bits. Our thoughts are with his family at this sad time. Rest in Peace you wonderful man.

Paul Dunt 20th June 2016