About the Poole Symphonic Concert Band

The PSCB began its life in January of 2011 with only 18 members and was the inspiration of Peter Fudge the founding and current Musical Director. After returning to the music scene after a number of years break, Peter noticed “a disappointing lack of progress and ambition” within many Brass and Concert Bands and concluded that the repertoires were most often stuck in a time warp. Although he agrees “there is a need and a market for traditional brass and wind band music" that is not the main focus of the PSCB and instead the integration of modern day composers and current musical trends into the band's repertoire is vital to the band and has encouraged players of all ages to join.

Since January 2011 the band has gone from strength to strength and now boasts more than 40 members of varying degrees of experience from beginners to Grade 8 standard. The ethos of the PSCB is to have fun making music and not to take ourselves too seriously, and although we are all amateur musicians we are passionate in regard to the music we play and aim for a high standard of Concert performance.

If you would like to join us and can play a musical instrument please make contact using the details provided on this website.

If you wish to come and listen to our rehearsals, you are most welcome. We gather in Hall 2 of the Newtown Conservative Club, Ringwood Road, Poole on Wednesday evenings - baton down at 7pm.

Brass Section
Traditionally, the brass section consists of Trumpets, Tubas, Horns & Trombones. The number of instruments used in any one orchestra, band, group etc will depend on type of music and the period in which it was written. Generally, this section will contain 3 trumpets, 1 tuba, 4 horns & 3 trombones.
Instruments: Horns, Trumpets, Trombones, Tubas
Percussion Section
The percussion section will look to include a variety of instruments which will fall into two categories – tuned and unturned percussion. Most often, it is the percussion section which drives a piece of music forwards and is thus vital.
Instruments: Timpani, Tubular Bells, Castanettes
String Section
The string section is traditionally the major component in an orchestra although again, this will change from band to band and orchestra to orchestra. A typical orchestra will consist of 16 First Violins, 14 Second Violins, 12 Violas, 10 Cellos and 8 Double Basses. The leader of the orchestra is also known as the Principal of the first violin section.
Instruments: Violins, Cellos, Double Basses
Woodwind Section
The wind section usually includes flutes, oboes, clarinets and bassoons. Saxophones are less commonly used in orchestras but are most popular in concert bands.
Instruments: Flutes, Oboes, Clarinets, Bassoons, Piccolo, English Horn

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