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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.
Our next engagement is : Sunday 15th December -
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-
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 band take to their feet to show their admiration for much loved band member Peter Hammerton, accompanied by wife Doreen, as he receives a gift from band President Mark Francois MP, to mark 50 years of dedicated service to the band at a special concert to mark his retirement from Rayleigh Brass.
On 13th October, Rayleigh Brass staged an evening of musical memories and laughter celebrating Peter Hammerton’s five decades with the band.
Throughout his time with the band Peter has been a player, bandmaster and award-