Forest of Dean Area Wind Band (FODAWB)
Saturdays from 10am - 12 noon
Rehearsals are during term time only. Please check the full rehearsal schedule on the GM calendar.
Groups at the Forest of Dean
FAME Academy (First Access Music Ensemble) Brass and Woodwind
FREE ensemble lessons for students in their first year of learning.
FAME Academy is our introductory level group. They are a lively and inclusive group who are developing their musical and note reading skills in preparation for progression into the Area Wind Band. FAME Academy often perform a number of the pieces that they have been working on during FODAWB concerts. FAME Academy welcome anyone who has been involved in a Wider Opportunities, First Access or Whole Class Music scheme through their schools as well as individuals who have been learning at home. It doesn't matter if you only know 5 notes on your instrument or if you can't read music as the staff at FAME Academy can teach you all you need to know to make the step up into the Forest of Dean Area Wind Band.
Area Wind Band
The Area Wind Band is our top-level wind band. They are a vibrant and enthusiastic group who enjoy exploring the expansive and diverse modern Wind Band repertoire. FODAWB has regularly competed at the National Concert Band Festival Finals and the National Festival of Music for Youth. Each year FODAWB gives a number of family concerts as well as charity performances in the local community. FODAWB rehearses between 10.00 and 12.00 every session and everyone is welcome but to really get the most out of this group it is suggested that players are Grade 2 or above. If you are not sure if you will be able to cope with the music, just pop along to a session and join in to find out - we promise to look after you!
Adults welcome! if you are a parent, friend of a current member or a local resident and play an instrument then why not join us - our aim is to provide a local wind band for the Forest of Dean that meets the needs of the whole community. GM also hire musical instruments - visit our main website for more details.
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The Forest of Dean Area Wind Band is held at:
Lakers School, Five Acres, Coleford. GL18 7AW
Tel: Sam Davis, Director: 07971 555576