RAF WYTON AREA VOLUNTARY BANDBook the band
The RAF Wyton Area Voluntary Band was originally formed in 1955 by Flight Sergeant John Gordon. In addition to volunteers from the Royal Air Force, the British Army and the Royal Navy, the Band has amongst its regular members, instrumentalists from the MoD Civil Service, and the local community, with every member giving up their own time to play in the Band.
The Band undertakes a wide variety of engagements every year, ranging from formal concerts to military parades. Concert venues have recently included St Paul's Cathedral, Peterborough Cathedral, IWM Duxford and St David's Hall in Cardiff. Five CDs have been recorded of which well over 1,000 copies have been sold. Money from the sales of the CD's is given to RAF Wyton Station Charities every year.
RAF Wyton Area Voluntary Band can provide a Concert Band, Military Marching Band, Big Band (Swing), Clarinet Group, Brass Quintet and a Fanfare Team.
Our home is at RAF Wyton, where we enjoy the full and enthusiastic support of the Station Commander, Wing Commander K C Slack MBE MRES MA RAF and his team.
BANDMASTER - GRAHAM SHELDON
Graham Sheldon was born in London in 1960 and began playing the cornet at the age of 8 years in a local church band.
Graham joined the Army as a junior Musician in 1976, was trained at the Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall, and went on to enjoy a very successful career as a musician in the Band of Her Majesty's Irish Guards, attaining the position of Band Sergeant Major before his retirement from the Army in the year 2000.
When Graham left the British Army, he worked for the Salvation Army as an administrator before taking up his appointment with the RAF Wyton Area Voluntary Band in April 2002.
Graham has always had a keen interest in local bands, both playing and conducting, and has achieved many contesting successes conducting brass bands. He was Bandmaster of the Essex Police Band for ten years and has had aa long association with Eynsford Concert Band. He has conducted on 8 CD's and at many prestigious venues including The Queen Elizabeth Hall, The Barbican and St Paul's Cathedral in London.
Graham also had the honour of leading the Massed Voluntary Bands at the RAF100 Parade in London on the 10th of July 2018.
CONTACT USBook the band
If you are interested in joining us please contact the Bandmaster. We are always looking for percussionists, wind and brass players.
Tel: 01480 52451 ext 7525
The talented musicians of RAF Wyton Area Voluntary Band have many skills and be called upon to perform for a variety of events and occasions. To book the band call the Bandmaster on 01480 52451 ext 7525.
The RAF Wyton Area Voluntary Band regularly supports Remembrance Day Parades, Battle of Britain Day, Freedom Parades and Veterans' Associations Reunions.
The full concert band is in much demand in Cambridgeshire and surrounding counties for charity concerts raising thousands of pounds each year and bringing military music to towns and villages throughout the East of England.
To provide musical accompaniment for formal mess dinners, a Band of 15 - 20 musicians plays the Band's full repertoire of music.
The RAF Wyton Big Band "Rhythm in Blue" plays music from the '40s, '50s and '60s - from Miller to McCartney - and is ideally suited to balls, parties and less formal charity events.
The Clarinet Ensemble has its own repertoire of classical and contemporary music and performs at mess dinners, summer balls and weddings.
The team of 4 fanfare trumpeters supports civic events in Cambridgeshire including mayoral inaugurations, and has performed at Peterborough Cathedral.
The Brass Quintet is available to play a range of popular and classical music for your event, whether it be a wedding, dinner or other social occasion.
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