Since its formation in an Alcester coffee house in 1897, the AVSB has retained close links with the town of Alcester regularly playing at town events, including the Court Leet parade, the Remembrance Concert and the annual Street Market. The band also performs regularly at bandstands around Warwickshire and Worcestershire. The band has a strong regular core membership, some newer, keen, young members, and is always on the look out for new recruits with enthusiasm and a brass instrument!
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Chris Smith is the musical director.
Chris started his musical career playing flute in Rugby youth Concert Band, before moving onto the trombone very quickly! His brass band career started with the Bilton Silver Band before leaving to start musical studies at Salford College of Technology. He studied performance with Neville Roberts (bass trombone player with the Halle Orchestra), composition/arranging with Goff Richards and Darrol Barry (amongst others), and conducting with Dr Roy Newsome, Professor David King and many others.
After completing his studies, Chris moved back to the Midlands and played Solo Trombone with a number of brass bands including Snibston and Desford Colliery, Enderby, Gresley Colliery and Amington. He has also been assistant Musical Director with these bands and conducted or played at number of venues from churches and village fetes to Burton Town Hall and Symphony Hall Birmingham.
Chris lives in Tamworth with his wife, Hayley and triplets Esme, Martha and Olivia. He works as Health and Safety manager for a Corporate clothing supplier. In his ‘spare’ time, he enjoys gardening, mountain biking and caravanning and is a keen motorcyclist.