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EYNSFORD CONCERT BAND is one of the UK’s leading symphonic wind ensembles, based in the small village of Eynsford, Kent since 1972.
The band has 50 playing members from all over the South East of England who aspire to attain the highest standards of musicianship within a social and friendly environment. We enjoy performing a wide range of concert band repertoire from popular music arrangements and orchestral transcriptions to classic and modern wind band works.
In July 2014 the band had the honour of being crowned UK National Champions at the National Concert Band Symposium (NCBS). This was followed by being invited to represent the UK for the first European Championships for Wind Orchestras held in Utrecht, Holland in May 2016.
Over the years, the band has gained an international reputation having toured Austria, Canada, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Ireland, Netherlands, Malta, Spain and Belgium and, in 2016, performed 4 concerts to delighted audiences aboard CMV Columbus during our second cruise to the Fjords of Norway.
The band is firmly rooted in its community and every year raises substantial amounts for charity. We are delighted to be visiting and performing in Austria again.
Major Michael Smith BA(Mus) LRSM has been as Musical Director of Eynsford Concert Band since 2012.
Having started his music career in the Army aged 16, Mike was selected for a commission into the Corps of Army Music, and subsequently served as Director of Music of the Band of The Royal Irish Regiment and the Band of the Corps of Royal Engineers, before being asked to take up the much coveted appointment of Director of Music of the Band of the Grenadier Guards.
After two years at the Grenadiers he re returned to Headquarters Corps of Army Music in a staff officer post and also taking on the role of Corps Secretary, Corps of Army Music. In April 2015 he was appointed Chief Instructor at The Royal Military School of Music where he was responsible for the training of all Army Bandmasters and Musicians.
4 years after leaving the Band of the Grenadiers Guards, Mike has had the honour and unique distinction of being asked to return to the Grenadiers Band as their new Director of Music.
Since joining ECB Mike has overseen the band’s transition into a new and exciting era and under his guidance the band continues to develop its reputation as one of the premier community wind bands in the UK.