SUCB holds at least two annual concerts along with several smaller performances spaced throughout the year. The first major concert is our Christmas Concert in early December, with our second being the Spring Concert after the Easter holidays. Several other concerts are often organised throughout the year along with busking sessions in both Southampton and Winchester being organised annually.
Each of our concerts has a theme, be it film music or music to celebrate an anniversary. Our concerts are open to all ages and are always a fantastic way to spend an evening as we take you through the music we love to play.
A list of our concerts for this year is shown below. Tickets will become available through this website roughly two weeks before the concert dates.
Each year we elect a new student committee to run the band. Various positions exist within this committee ranging from our president responsible for overseeing the committee, to the librarian in charge of organising the music we play. All the members of our 2018/19 committee and their positions are shown below.
Degree: Environmental Science
Instrument: Bass Clarinet
Degree: Maths with Statistics
We employ two professional conductors to lead our band. Tim and Kevin run our rehearsals every Tuesday evening, guiding us through the various genres of music we play. As an unauditioned band, the professional conductors are able to help improve us as musicians. Below are profiles of our conductors.
Tim began learning the violin at the age of 7 and went on to play with many ensembles in his home county including the Lincolnshire county orchestra. He joined the Royal Marines Band Service at the age of 16 and has been a professional musician now for some 27 years.
Whilst under training he studied violin under Professor Eric Sokell and saxophone under Adrian Brett and Derrick Holder. More recently he studied conducting with Malcolm Binney and Mark Heron. He also continued with his academic studies including composition with the resident professor at the Royal Academy Paul Patterson.
Whilst serving with the Marines he has gained his BMus (Hons) degree, a Licentiate in wind band direction from the Royal Schools of Music and an Associate of music from Trinity College London.
He has been working with the Southampton University Concert Band since 2012 with a small break in the middle while he was working in Scotland.
Tim holds a Private Pilots Licence and in his spare time enjoys building his hours and spending as much time in the air as possible. His spare time is limited however as he lives in Southsea with his wife Lisa, their two boys two year old Charles, seven month old Wilfred and Murphy the German Shepherd.
Kevin played piano from the age of six, before discovering aged thirteen that the trombone much better suited his personality. After developing an interest in conducting while still at school, Kevin moved to Southampton in 2010 to study for a degree in music, during which time he became assistant conductor of both university orchestras and was appointed as one of Southampton University Concert Band’s musical directors.
Kevin completed his Masters in conducting at University of Southampton in 2015, and currently works as a teacher and conductor for Southampton Music Services. Kevin currently conducts Southampton Youth Wind Band and Southampton Youth Sinfonia, as well as running several younger training ensembles and working at Southampton Youth Orchestra as assistant director. More recently, Kevin has been in demand as a guest and deputy conductor at City of Southampton Orchestra, Downton Brass, Worthing Philharmonic Orchestra and London Gay Symphony Orchestra.
In the rare moments of peace when Kevin is not conducting, rehearsing or teaching, he likes to relax with a glass of cold ale in front of the snooker.
This year Concert Band are off to Europe once more with the destination of Colmar!
This location allows the band to visit three cities in three different countries in just three days, performing in each as we travel through France, Switzerland and Germany.
Band members can find more information through the Facebook group and at rehearsals by asking our Tour Secretaries for more information!
Some of our band were lucky enough to spend 5 days touring the Netherlands. We played three concerts at The British School of Amsterdam, ZIMIHC Theatre and the Dr Sarphatihuis Retirement Home.
The band was conducted by our assistant conductors; Declan Flannery and Sophie Blundell alongside James Atkins - former assistant conductor.
Whilst we were there we went on a boat tour through the Amsterdam Canals, visited the Heineken Experience and ran through Utercht on our annual scavenger hunt. As with all our tours we celebrated our 'Repertoire Night' by dressing in costumes related to the pieces we have played that year and heading out into the city on a pub crawl.
It was a great experience for all involved and are looking forward to our next Tour.
SUCB is an entirely unauditioned wind band, welcoming musicians of all standards and abilities. We play a wide variety of music ranging from wind band standards, music from film and stage, marches, to classical pieces and seasonal favourites!
Rehearsals are every Tuesday Evening from 18.45 until 21.30 in "The Cafe" in the Union Building (42), so come on down and give it a try! After the rehearsal lots of us will head to "The Stag's" to refresh ourselves which is the perfect time to get to know other people in the band!