About the Band

Photo of Aylesbury Concert Band in Vale Park, Aylesbury, August 2019

Aylesbury Concert Band is an amateur wind band in Aylesbury, the county town of Buckinghamshire, UK. The band members come from Aylesbury and the surrounding areas to enjoy making music and serving the local community.

The band performs several concerts throughout the year as well as at civic occasions, such as the Mayor’s Carol Service each Christmas. As well as providing music for fêtes in the summer, Aylesbury Band is the centrepiece of each year’s “ParkLife” festival in August, performing a “Proms” concert to an audience which can number over a thousand if the weather is good.

The Band has entered the National Concert Band Festival a number of times and has won several awards, including a Gold award in November 2012 followed by Silver in the National Final in Birmingham in April 2013. The aim is constantly to improve, at the same time making membership of the band enjoyable for players of all levels of experience.

Our professional conductor Callum Rookes is a member of the Band of the Coldstream Guards based in London, where he takes part in all manner of state ceremonial events from Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, Trooping the Colour, to performing on Live TV. He nevertheless manages to fit many hours of conducting and teaching into his busy schedule every week, including being Director of Music of Aylesbury Concert Band.