If you are thinking of joining the CWA, below you will find a downloadable New Member's Pack which gives all the information about how to join and about the Association generally. If you want more information, don't hesitate to contact us via email or come along to one of our rehearsals on Saturday morning between 9.15 and 12.15 during school term-time, where you will usually find our Chairman or another committee member to talk to.
Please note that the subscription fees in the downloadable New Member's Pack are subject to change. The current membership subscription is £40 per term or £10 per month by standing order (this is our preferred method of payment).
These are some statements from past and present members as to how being in the Corsham Windband Association has helped them in their future lives and career choices.
At seven years old I went to a CWA open morning at the Pound, where YCB members encouraged me to try all the different wind instruments used in the band. I chose the cornet, joined training band and started lessons with Chris, a member of YCB who also led training band rehearsals on Saturday mornings. Being part of the CWA was really special, offering the opportunity of playing in a large band and progressing musically whilst making new friends and developing as a person.
From aged seven to eighteen, I progressed from training band to YCB, culminating with a DipABRSM performance certificate and an offer from Oxford to study music. A great deal of this was due to the selfless efforts of volunteers, conductors and fellow members of the CWA. I always looked forward to weekly rehearsals, met many friends, and continue to benefit from the performance opportunities and new experiences that the windband offered.
Since leaving the band I have played principal trumpet in the Oxford University Orchestra, Wind Orchestra and Sinfonietta, as well as being part of various jazz and funk groups. Since graduating with a first, I will shortly travel to East Africa to embark on an Afro-fusion recording project and to work with a brass band foundation, transferring the skills I gained from the CWA to a new community.
Many young people in the UK today face mental health problems and educational issues. Yet so many are priced out of playing a musical instrument, despite the transformative educational benefits it brings. In a time where social media exerts an ever-greater influence on our behaviour and attention spans, organisations like the CWA provide a crucial service to our communities that is often unrecognised. So, support the CWA and get involved - you never know where it may take you!