It is with sadness we announce the passing of our founder and honorary President, Terry Hext.
Our thoughts are with Marion and family at this time.
We are a non contesting band, available for hire for all occasions.
Under the banner of "Bedford Brass", we have two groups ranging from quintet to full band of 25+ players, who can provide brass music for various events.
If you feel any of them would suite your situation please contact Pat Vought on 01234 852949 for availability and costing details or use our contact form below.
We are more affordable than you expect!
Conductor - Peter Halliday
AJs is a band of talented (mostly) young musicians, with some new to playing, having a broad range of music to suit most occasions. Ability requirements for this band are more relaxed.
Excellent for fetes, outdoor events needing some background music or as a focal point for fund raising or entertainment events. They can hold their own in concerts too!
Conductor and Musical Director - Liz Schofield.
This is a band of our top performing and dedicated players. A band that can hold its own in any situation and a must for any entertainment event requiring something special. With a very wide repertoire, Breakaway will fit into any situation Weddings, gala events, fund raising, fetes, evening entertainment or as background music for social gatherings. We can offer groups from 5 to 25 players to suit the venue and occasion.
Places we have played
We play a number of Christmas concerts and carol services including this one at Langford church.See More
Biography of a Band.
A number of brass players had left the Bedford Town band but wished to continue playing together. This was the "Breakaway". Bedford Brass was set up by Terry Hext and his wife Marion as a 10 Piece band.
As the band became established, more players joined. As well as "Breakaway" for the most experienced and dedicated players, the Bedford Brass family included the "A band" who were conducted by Gareth King (who also conducts the Kempston Concert band). The members of 'A' Band didn't have the years of experience as many of Breakaway but put on a grand performance when needed. Also a Junior section was created for young players and beginners.
Terry retired as musical director and conductor of Bedford Brass at the end of 2003, although he continued with the Kempston Concert Band for a few more years and remains President of Bedford Brass.
Dave was appointed Musical Director of Bedford Brass and conducted the band until his retirement in 2015. The band enjoys a relationship with the Mynyddislwyn Male Choir (forged by Terry) and take part in shared concerts in Bedford and Blackwood, Caerphilly.
Every Thursday evening at 7.45pm
at Kempston East Methodist Church
227 Bedford Road
Every Tuesday evening at 7.00 - 8.30pm
at Kempston West Methodist Church
Not a player but want to start?
Played a brass instrument previously, but not for a while?
Competent player looking for a local band?
Please contact us if you wish to come along.
Interested in joining a fun, friendly, non-competitive band playing a wide range of music?
Want to hire a professional brass band for your event or special occasion?