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Hiring Bedford Brass.

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!

AJs Band

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!

Breakaway Brass

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

Carton Coalville

with Dave Twitchings conducting.

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We are not a marching band!


We play a number of Christmas concerts and carol services including this one at Langford church.

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Combined Concerts

We've had a number of combined concerts with choirs, inc. many years of "Christmas Cracker" with the Bedford Hospital choir & through our links with the Mynyddislwyn Male Voice Choir.

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Combined Concerts



Biography of a Band.

  • 1988

    The Birth of Bedford Brass

    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.


    Success and Expansion

    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 Retires

    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.

  • 2004-2015

    David Twitchings

    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.

  • 2015-

    Liz Schofield

    Liz Schofield took over as Director at the beginning of 2016 and refreshed the Breakaway band after an uncertain period following the departure of Dave. The band established links with The Band of the Queen's Division

  • Our Amazing Team

    Doing a fine job of keeping us under control.

    Liz Schofield

    Conductor of Breakaway

    Pat Vought




    Every Thursday evening at 7.45pm
    at Kempston East Methodist Church
    227 Bedford Road
    MK42 8DA

    AJs Band

    Every Tuesday evening at 7.00 - 8.30pm
    at Kempston West Methodist Church
    High Street
    MK42 7BT

    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?

    For all enquiries, please use this form.