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A Community Concert Orchestra

Fun in the Sun

At Pill Rag 2023

Upcoming Performances

If you are holding an event or festival and require musical accompanyment or entertainment, please contact us


PFB at the Salvation Army Centre

Monday the 18th of December - 3:30pm onwards

Details to follow

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PFB at Portbury W.I.

Tuesday the 19th of December

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Adults £5 per session or £15 monthly standing order.

U18s and students free

See our membership page for further details

See our Posters/Flyers page for beginners/new members documents

We have space for more players ( from absolute beginners upwards) and invite anyone from the local area who would like to join in. Our focus is on enjoyment of sharing the experience of making music with others and bringing together people from all corners of this special community.

If you would like to find out more about us please come along to one of our rehearsals (currently every Monday at 'Penny Brohn, Ham Green'), or email info@pfb.org.uk, or ask around the village.

Rehearsal Times

Monday Evening (term time) at
Penny Brohn UK

The rehearsal timings are:

Friday Afternoon (term time at St.Mary's Church, Portbury.

For anyone who has taken up a new instrument, or is returning to playing after many years, the beginners band provides an environment to play along with others and  to perform to an appreciative audience.

Objective of the band.

The main purpose of the band is to allow anyone in the locality to learn and play live music. So that they can both enjoy playing for their own enjoyment, and also that of others in bringing live performances to local events and concerts.

To support and encourage our younger members under 18s and full time students are given free membership, and we have a library of loan instruments available.

The Festival Band also supports children in formal music lessons - please ask.

The three sections of the band

Pill Festival Band is open to anyone, whether a seasoned player or a complete beginner.

As an orchestral band we include a wide range of instruments such as those listed below and more.

Strings - violin, viola, cello, electric bass guitar

Woodwind - flute, clarinet, saxophone

Brass - horn, trumpet, cornet

Beginners Band


Aimed at improvers and those who abandoned any formal musical training once they were old enough to stand up to their parents, but - who now see the light.

We are in the process of arranging the re-start of the beginners' band.

Please check back in the near future for the latest news on this.

Training Band

Those with a few years of playing experience who after practice can play with a reasonable level of competence, who want to enjoy the social contact of practicing in a group and/or who want to perform as part of a group in public.

Instrument Appeal

To help us provide low cost musical tuition to local children

we are asking anyone with an unused instrument (in the loft??)

to consider donating it to the band, we are currently short of

violins (1/2 and 3/4 sizes) and recorders.

Performance Band

Another Pill Community Success

Fairly proficient players and above, who can play from sheet music and include all accents and dynamics.


String Section

Pill Festival Band was originally set up as part of Pill Music Festival in 2009, the aim was to encourage live music in the locality. Now independent of the Music Festival, its objective is to provide an encouraging environment for local musicians at any age and at any standard of play, and also to provide musical accompaniment to local events.


Beginners' band

We hope to re-launch the beginner's band in the near future. Please check back.

Michael Conducting

Training and performance sections are coached and conducted by Michael Joce.
Michael joined us in 2021. His friendly and professional manner have made our rehearsals a real and informative pleasure, as well as raising our level of performance - thank you Michael.


The band usually rehearses on each Monday during school term time (i.e. 38 rehearsals), for adults each rehearsal is £5, or alternatively a standing order of £15 per month. Potential new members are encouraged to take a no obligation ‘free’ trial period.

Under 18s and full time students are free, including instrument loan.

Performance Availability

Pill Festival Band accepts invitations to perform  at any local public or private event. The band has performed at birthday parties, local commemorative events, local festivals, fetes and of course at the popular local events Pill Rag and Pill Regatta.