The Central England Concert Band is a warm and welcoming ensemble who perform at various concerts and events throughout the year. We play a wide range of repertoire including film music such as James Bond, and How to Train your Dragon, hits from the musicals, marches, and more established wind band repertoire such as the works of Holst, Vaughan Williams and Arnold. The band is available for events, and is always looking for more members.
The band was formed around 1980 as the Black Watch Association Band, with the majority of its members coming from a military background. Following relocation to the United Services Club in Birmingham City Centre the band renamed to the Birmingham United Services Concert Band. For a short while in the 90’s the band reformed as the Rover Group Concert Band, rehearsing on the Longbridge site, before becoming the Central England Concert Band in 1999 to reflect the area from which the majority of our members come.
Ben Jones - Our Musical Director
Ben is a graduate of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire with tuition from Graham Sibley, Les Neish and David Gordon Shute. During his studies, Ben successfully auditioned for the CBSO orchestral scheme, Royal Ballet Sinfonia scheme and the Welsh National Opera Scheme. On Top of this, Ben also took part in numerous competitions including:
Winner (2015)-Bernard Brown Brass Ensemble Prize with Colmore Brass
Brass Representative (2016+2017)-Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra Concerto Prize
Finalist (2016)-Andrew Downes Competition with Colmore Brass
Finalist (2016)-International Jan Koetsier Brass Quintet Competition with Colmore Brass.
Finalist (2017)-Dublin Brass Week Concerto Competition.
Since finishing his studies, Ben’s freelance music career comprises a mix of performance and education work. Highlights include educational projects with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, dressing up as a monkey with the Royal Shakespeare Company, and being a mentor with Cheltenham Music Festival’s Musicate project. With a high level of energy and enthusiasm, Ben loves spreading the joy of music!