We’re back!

It’s so great to say it… we’re back to rehearsals. It has been a long 18 months without band but we’re pleased to say rehearsals have now started up again, every Monday during term time in the theatre at Allestree Woodlands School. Rehearsals will be slightly shorter than usual while we build up our stamina and will run from 7.00pm – 8.30pm and for now we have put measure to make sure we are as safe as possible.

If you’re not currently a member but fancy joining us, now’s the perfect chance. We’re a friendly bunch and will welcome you with open arms. Feel free to pop along to a rehearsal or if you’d like any further details please get in touch.

We’ll be back!

As the country opens up again, rest assured the band are looking at how we can get back playing safety and are looking forward to performing again. Watch this space for futher information soon.

Last Night of the Proms

Derwent Valley Wind Band is delighted to be taking part in this year’s Duffield Arts Festival. Together with Ignite UK, a four-part harmony a cappella chorus, we will be bringing the festival weekend to a close with a rousing “Last Night of the Proms” on Sunday 23rd of September. We have an exciting programme for the evening with a mix of contemporary music we know our audience will love, and “Proms” favourites to sing along to, including Land of Hope and Glory, Rule Britannia and Jerusalem.

Ticket are available now from the Duffield Arts Festival Website, www.duffieldartsfestival.com for what promises to be a very special concert.

Date – Sunday 23rd September
Times – 7:30pm-10:00pm
Venue – Ecclesbourne School, Wirksworth Road, Duffield




News Update

Derwent Valley Wind Band’s end of term concert was a great success. The band performed a selection of music from original wind band repertoire right up to a selection of hits from the Beach Boys! As a community wind band it has become tradition that at our end of term concert we support a local charity. This year was no exception and the band raised £340 for Derby Stroke Club, a local charity that supports stroke survivors and their carers and which relies heavily on donations to fund a varied programme of speakers, activities and outings. Derby Stroke Club meets fortnightly on Friday afternoons in Derby. For more information contact Steve Adams on 07885 410732.

Derwent Valley Wind Band have been out and about all summer performing across the county and we are looking forward to our next two concerts.

On 27 September we present a Last Night of the Proms concert with Ignite UK as part of the Duffield Arts Festival at Ecclesbourne School and 10 November we are performing a concert to commemorate WW1 with Duffield Singers.

Derbyshire County Show

We are very excited that we will be playing this coming Sunday at the Derbyshire County Show in Locko Park, Spondon, Derby. The show attracts huge crowds each year, and we are looking forward to keeping everyone entertained from the band stand, between 12pm and 3pm. We have planned an exciting and varied programme – hopefully something for everyone. If you are hoping to be at the show, come and find us, just outside the food court.

Date: 24th June 2018

Time: Between 12pm and 3pm

Where: Locko Park, Spondon, Derby.


Heanor – William Gregg V.C.

Derwent Valley Wind Band – Heanor Memorial Park 8th May 2018

DVWB was delighted to be able to play at a very special event on Sunday 8th May in Heanor, to commemorate the actions of William Gregg. He was born in Heanor in 1890 and during World War 1 fought in the 13th Battalion, The Rifle Brigade. For his bravery in the trenches in Northern France on the 8th May 1918 Sergeant Gregg was awarded the Victoria Cross, the most prestigious award for bravery awarded to the British armed forces. Members of William Gregg’s family and relatives of others from his company were also present to hear the citation during a short service, at which a commemorative stone was also unveiled.

Duffield Carnival 2018

Our next engagement will be the crowning of this year’s carnival royalty, during the afternoon of the 10th June at St. Alkmund’s Church, Duffield. For details of all of our forthcoming events please visit our ‘Diary’ page and we look forward to seeing you at one of our engagements in the future.

Easter break

So Easter is nearly here already! We have one more rehearsal until the Easter break. The next few weeks rehearsals are as follows: Monday 19th March 2018 is a rehearsal as normal. We then have no rehearsal the next two weeks (Monday 26th March 2018 & 2nd April 2018) as this is our Easter break. We will be back on Monday 9th April 2018 for our first rehearsal of the Summer term.

Half Term

Just a reminder that due to it being half term there is no rehearsal next week (Monday 19th February). We will be back to normal the following week (Monday 26th February).

Come and Join us

It’s hard to believe it’s already February. We are back in the swing of things with our regular Monday night rehearsals and we are enjoying rehearsing some new music and getting together a programme ready for our next concerts. We’ll keep you posted about our upcoming concerts on the website. If, however, you are thinking of coming along to a rehearsal then now is a perfect time. We’re a friendly bunch and always looking for new members. We have both the main band and a training band, which means whatever your level you’ll be welcome at Derwent Valley Wind Band. If you would like to come and join us please get in contact with us via the contact form so we can look out for you at rehearsal.