About Hertfordshire Concert Band
Hertfordshire Concert Band, originally the Hatfield Concert Band, was formed on September 11th 1979 by George Hill.
Although George wasn't musical it had always been his ambition to have a band in the town. George approached a local music teacher: John Collinge, and through joint hard work George’s ambition for a band came to fruition. Of course this needed funds to cover music, stands etc. The band was fortunate to have both an annonymous sponsor and the support of both the local laundry and the local music shop, with the help of firstly Onslow School and later British Aerospace (then Hawker Siddeley) the band was ready.
Soon word spread and at its peak the band had almost 100 players plus a choir!
Over 40 years later the band is thriving.
Although smaller in number now, with 45 members and no choir, the band continues to develop and performs to a high standard.
We play a varied repertoire of wind band music: typically a mixture of light classical music, marches, show and film music, and medleys of Big Band and popular music. In recent years highlights for the Hertfordshire Concert Band have included touring Holland; opening the Mellieha International Band Festival in Malta, which had live TV coverage; and performing at the inaugural flight of the 146 Jet Airline. Last year the band was delighted to perform at Windsor Castle and has often performed in the London Royal Parks.
We hold formal concerts throughout the year. The band also plays outdoors at other local events and parks in and around Hertfordshire and London.