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The Category Brass and Silver Bands is a subset of Orchestras and Bands. Browse through the Brief Records in the Category or look at the broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all of the Brass and Silver Bands which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Band's Full Record.

 

In contrast, the ANNEXE for Brass and Silver Bands lists Bands which do NOT (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

^ Brass and Silver Bands ANNEXE

 

! Brass and Silver Bands KEY
VISITS (to Website)98
VIEWS (of this Record)5404

Formed in 1946 from a Boys Brigade Band dating back to 1886: ‘The Band draws its members from all sections of the community in Northern Ireland. Many members live and work in Belfast, whilst some make a round trip of over 100 miles to attend rehearsals two nights a week. Everyone gives of their time freely, as the band is a “subscription” band, other expenses being raised through concerts and fund raising activities organised and promoted by the band themselves ... In 2009 the band created a youth programme to both widen the appeal of the "Old Boys" organisation, and provide the band with a talent pool for future years’.

 

+ 1st Old Boys Silver Band
VISITS (to Website)262
Also indexed1st Old Boys Youth Band
VIEWS (of this Record)362

’We are the Canterbury District's longest established brass band, now over 90 years old. Regular concerts are given in the local area, presenting a wide variety of popular music performed with style. Membership is open to musicians from all areas of the local community, not exclusively to scouts.‘

 

+ 1st Whitstable Scout Group Band
VISITS (to Website)211
VIEWS (of this Record)300

'Has been in existence for over 100 years ... Provides musical entertainment to the public, organisations and for civic occasions. The Band prides itself on its commitment to education and has a junior section where young people under the age of 18yrs can be given tuition in the techniques of playing a brass instrument and be taught to read music. The senior band (from age 11yrs) has a long tradition of contesting which raises the standard of playing both for the band as a whole and for individual players.'

+ Abergavenny Borough Band
VISITS (to Website)280
VIEWS (of this Record)622

'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!'

 

+ Alcester Victoria Silver Band
VISITS (to Website)230
VIEWS (of this Record)522

'Based in Aldbourne, originally formed in 1860 by the church organist. The Band's aim is to provide consistently high standards of music performances on both the concert and contest platform. The Band presents on average 14 concerts each year along with 4 contests which are essential in maintaining and testing the playing standards.’

+ Aldbourne Band
VISITS (to Website)323
VIEWS (of this Record)401

'The modern Alford Silver Band reformed in the 1960s and has gone from strength to strength ever since. Today, this popular band has over 60 playing members, including a large Training Section (predominantly youngsters but also with a number of adults who have decided to learn a brass instrument in their more mature years). Unlike some of the more “household-name” bands, we do not compete in brass band contests; nor are we a "marching band". Alford Silver Band is a straightforward concert band that enjoys making good music and entertaining people. The band has a wide ranging repertoire of music from the classics to pop, and everything in between. And more music is being added to the extensive library all the time.'

 

+ Alford Silver Band
VISITS (to Website)250
VIEWS (of this Record)511

'We are a Concert band, and do not participate in contests. Our energies are centred on giving concerts at our "home" venue ... We give a number of concerts around the local area on behalf of various charities ... New players of any ability are welcome. Please come and visit us, you will be sure of a warm welcome!'

 

+ Almac Bisley Brass Band
VISITS (to Website)258
VIEWS (of this Record)588

'Draw from a vast pool of musical experience not only from the brass band world but from Military band, Dance band and Orchestra. This wealth of experience not only attributes to a quality sound but achieves the ability to play any form of music. We are a non-competing band who mainly concentrate on performing entertaining concerts raising money for charities either independently or joining forces with other bands, choirs etc.'

 

+ Alverton Brass
VISITS (to Website)209
VIEWS (of this Record)448

'The Band has roots going back to 1845. In recent years the band has made significant progress, growing steadily in membership and in the standard of playing ... The band has established an intermediate level band and a beginner group to extend opportunities to new and developing players: * Amersham Band – high quality with national recognition; * Amersham Community Brass – for developing players; * Brass Roots – group teaching for beginners and elementary level; * Amersham Brass Ensemble and Quintet – brass groups suitable for smaller events ... Membership across all the bands today exceeds 75 players. The main Amersham Band has released several CDs and has reached the National Finals on a number of occasions.'

A new Band - Amersham Concert Brass - was launched in January 2020.

 

+ Amersham Band
VISITS (to Website)246
Also indexedAmersham Concert Brass
VIEWS (of this Record)396

'Amesbury, and its nearby UN World Heritage Site of Stonehenge, has been confirmed as the longest continuous settlement in the United Kingdom. We can only trace our history back to the 1860s, but except for a brief hibernation in the mid 1960s, the band has been a regular provider of music at local community events held within our small, but historic, Wiltshire town. We are a non-contesting band. We play just for the enjoyment of playing brass band music at local events such as fetes, fairs, concerts and service dinners.'

 

+ Amesbury Town Band
VISITS (to Website)254
VIEWS (of this Record)523

'Amington Band have been in existence for nearly 100 years, rehearsing every week, entertaining the people of Tamworth and taking part in contests. As a band we take pride in this, and we're committed to keep the legacy going, the entertainment flowing and brass players blowing. Over the years the Band has been placed in all sections; from fourth to the championship section. Right now we're a 2nd section band but we aim high and constantly try to improve ...'

 

+ Amington Band
VISITS (to Website)216
VIEWS (of this Record)491

'A friendly competing band based in South Wales ... Brass bands continue to have a loyal fan base in the UK and Wales is proud to produce some of the best bands in the world. To make sure that we continue to develop future players for the band, Ammanford work hard with the young players in the Junior Band.'

+ Ammanford Town Silver Band
VISITS (to Website)242
VIEWS (of this Record)790

‘An enthusiastic group of local people bringing you the chance to enjoy listening and taking part in the pleasure of brass band music. Re-formed in 2011, this friendly, progressive, busy band has been promoted to the 1st section in 2018. The Band enjoys a good mixture of concerts, other events, foreign tours & contests. We offer a full education programme for children and adults and are always open to new members. Why not join the band for the next exciting stage of its journey?’

 

+ Andover Town Band
VISITS (to Website)207
VIEWS (of this Record)405

'The Band formed in 2001, starting from scratch. We worked hard to raise funds from jobs to start to purchase uniforms, stands, banners and music. When the band formed our aims were to entertain and have fun! We did this by playing a wide range of music - from old to new. We even introduced a few singers to the band! This has set us apart from traditional brass banding ... the Band have continued to grow and develop. We have become a well established community band playing at Broadbottom Rememberance Day parade, local carnivals and fundraising events, as well as concerts and the occasional contest.'

 

+ Arnfield Brass
VISITS (to Website)265
VIEWS (of this Record)474

'Classic English brass band based in Inkberrow in the heart of the Worcestershire ... having moved there several years ago from our previous home in Alcester. Dedicated to the enjoyment of music, we have members of all ages from 9 to much much older.' Formerly Alcester Victoria Youth Band.

 

+ Arrow Valley Brass
VISITS (to Website)243
Also indexedAlcester Victoria Youth Band
VIEWS (of this Record)517

'Formed in Ascot in 2001 when twelve brass-playing friends came together to play at a wedding. The ensemble continued to rehearse together and soon expanded to become a full size concert brass band that presents a number of high quality concerts per annum in the Thames Valley area.'

 

+ Ascot Brass
VISITS (to Website)276
VIEWS (of this Record)449

'We are always on the lookout for additional experienced and semi experienced players to join our friendly non-contesting band ... We also welcome players who are visiting the area to come and have a "blow" with us ... The band plays at many different functions including indoor/outdoor concerts, church services, parades, shows, garden parties, weddings and more.'

 

+ Ashbourne Town Band
VISITS (to Website)269
VIEWS (of this Record)489

'We are a non-competing band and encourage a relaxed, but professional, approach to our music making. The Band performs for a range of public and private events across Derbyshire throughout the year. We are always delighted to take on new engagements.'

 

+ Ashover Band
VISITS (to Website)250
VIEWS (of this Record)510

‘A friendly and ambitious brass band residing on the borders of North Staffordshire/South Cheshire just 5 minutes from Junction 16 of the M6. We have our own purpose-built bandroom and pride ourselves in delivering varied and entertaining concerts. We are a contesting band having very recently gained promotion ... We welcome players of all abilities and have both a main band and training band to accomodate the needs of all. If you already play or would like to learn to play a brass instrument, or if you are already a player looking to return to banding, get in touch with us.‘

 

+ Audley Brass
VISITS (to Website)299
VIEWS (of this Record)693

‘A brass band based in the town of Evesham, Worcestershire, England. It is made up of roughly 25 players with percussion and entertains the local community in concerts both for local charities and also to support itself.’

 

+ Avonbank Brass Band
VISITS (to Website)170
VIEWS (of this Record)296

'Has been in existence ... since 1907 and it now enjoys the position of being Derbyshire's premier brass band. It has its roots in the community and combines the all important job of providing music for community and religious events in the town as well as hosting a number of its own concerts around the area. The band also enjoys contesting ... The band is self funding and is willing to take on musical engagements of all types ... Players on holiday in the Peak District are very welcome to attend rehearsals either to listen or play and with a little notice the band can loan out most instruments for visitors to use.'

 

+ Bakewell Silver Band
VISITS (to Website)280
VIEWS (of this Record)673

'Formed in 1967. In our history, we have performed at many prestigious venues, including numerous civil occasions, and the honour of playing at Royal events. In common with most other bands, players perform entirely in their own free time, and are all proud to represent the Cheshire Constabulary. It's a common ( though understandable) misconception that the members of the band work within the Police Service. Whilst some do, most of our players come from all walks of life.'

+ Band of the Cheshire Constabulary
VISITS (to Website)291
VIEWS (of this Record)502

‘Formed on March 1st 1990 and is comprised of serving and retired members of the regular Force, Specials, civilian staff and members of their families, together with a handful of musicians best described as "known to the police" ... The Band is non-competing and is always open to new players and visitors - you don't have to be a police officer to join us! ... The Band is firmly established on the county's charity concert circuit - we are proud to have performed for many charities and support organisations, proceeds from concerts are reckoned to be well in excess of £100,000.‘

 

+ Band of the Gloucestershire Constabulary
VISITS (to Website)75
VIEWS (of this Record)193

‘A Traditional Brass Band Based in the Heart of South Yorkshire ... A busy and varied concert schedule sees the band performing at a variety of local, regional and national events throughout the year ... Whilst contesting is not the main focus of the band, it competes annually ... at the Yorkshire Area Championships. Membership crosses the generations and includes a good mix of ages from 10-60+. There are opportunities for young people to progress through the Junior and Intermediate Bands operating through Barnsley Music Service.‘

 

+ Barnsley Metropolitan Band
VISITS (to Website)163
Also indexedBandfest
VIEWS (of this Record)306

‘Based in Esh Winning, approx 6 miles west of Durham City. The band have their own rehearsal premises and welcome any player who would like to join the band or come along for a blow ... The Band also has a learners section ... The Band usually has a full a varied programme to suit all tastes. We have engagements throughout the North East throughout the Summer season and a very full list throughout December. The Band does Contest work within the year at both traditional and entertainments contests ... There is a good atmosphere within the Band as we all enjoy performing without the pressure some higher section Bands endure. So if you would like to join a relaxed group who enjoy giving concerts - come along and find out for yourself.‘

 

+ Bearpark & Esh Colliery Band
VISITS (to Website)273
VIEWS (of this Record)356

‘Founded in 1988 ... A group of quality entertainment bands with musicians who enjoy playing. We do not enter competitions but will play a variety of concerts.’

 

+ Bedford Brass
VISITS (to Website)222
VIEWS (of this Record)345

'We have three bands within the band family - Town Band, Concert Brass and Progress Brass accommodating players of all abilities and in addition, we have a ten piece group, Decibels ... Do you or your children wish to learn a brass instrument? We run a Brass Academy - a tuition scheme where complete beginners can take up this life time hobby.'

 

+ Bedford Town Band
VISITS (to Website)211
VIEWS (of this Record)446

'We are a subscription based band and members of the band consist of individuals from a wide range of backgrounds and ages. We are always happy to welcome new members, whether experienced players or relative beginners provided they have some experience. If the idea of being involved in a friendly band, where you can relax and enjoy playing a wide variety of music, interests you, whether you live locally or are just passing through please come along to the band room on rehearsal nights where you will be made very welcome. If you do not own your own instrument the band keeps a stock of instruments that can be used by members.'

 

+ Beverley Brass Band
VISITS (to Website)259
VIEWS (of this Record)642

‘The Band started in Bideford as long ago as 1853, although we haven't got any original players any more! The first brass band contest in Devon was held in Bideford in 1936 and the band continues to entertain people all over north Devon, year-round, as well as taking part in the occasonal contest.’ Each year the Band organize a Solo & Quartet Contest: ‘Entries still peak at around 120, competitors coming from far and wide: Wales, the Midlands, Gloucestershire, Somerset, Cornwall as well as our own and local players. It is very rewarding to see the contest attended by so many younger (aged 12 and below) competitors; this reassures us about the future of brass banding’.

 

+ Bideford Town Band
VISITS (to Website)208
Also indexedSolo & Quartet Contest
VIEWS (of this Record)620

'We are a very friendly, traditional, non-contesting brass band who play in most beautiful venues in North Yorkshire & Cleveland ... All players are welcome ... The Band is always looking to recruit new players: why not drop by one night? Membership is free and instruments, music and jackets are provided.'

 

+ Bilsdale Silver Band
VISITS (to Website)231
VIEWS (of this Record)497

'We are a sociable bunch, rehearsing twice a week (Mon & Fri) and always welcome new members. We have a training band which meets once a week (Fridays), and we also offer lessons to beginners just starting out in our Mini-Brass group on Monday evenings.'

 

+ Bilton Silver (Rugby) Band
VISITS (to Website)287
VIEWS (of this Record)593

Birchington Silver Band has various events each year; including Carolling, Inside Concerts, Outside Concerts and Social Events.’

+ Birchington Silver Band
VISITS (to Website)273
VIEWS (of this Record)1349

'The Black Dyke Band is part of our National Heritage and during its long history has achieved an enviable reputation; with National as well as International fame. For almost 140 years Black Dyke was owned and financially supported by the textile company John Foster & Son plc of Queensbury. In 1996 the association with the Mill ceased when the Band became a registered charity; in recognition of this fact "MILLS" was dropped from the official name.'

 

+ Black Dyke Band
VISITS (to Website)568
VIEWS (of this Record)494

‘Has established itself over the years to be an extremely successful contesting and concert band performing all over the country. Since ... 2009 the Band, in National Competitions, has been placed in the top 6 no less than 22 times. In that time the band has also progressed from 2nd section and from 1st January 2017 are promoted to the “Championship Section” and will be playing in competitions against some of the top brass bands in the country such as The Black Dyke Band, Brighouse & Rastrick Band, Fodens Band, Carlton Main Frickley, Thoresby Colliery and Newstead Welfare to name but a few ...’

 

 

+ Blidworth Welfare Band
VISITS (to Website)445
VIEWS (of this Record)720

‘The Band was formed in 1849 at Boarshurst School in Greenfield, which make it one of the oldest established brass bands in the country. The first Minute Book records meetings being held in various Inns in the village, with rehearsals being held in a loft over the stables at the Casey Mill and, during the summer months, under the railway arches at Arthurs Lane ... [Now] The Band are extremely lucky to have a great club at their disposal for rehearsals, concerts, parties and even community related events. If you want to hire Boarshurst Band Club get in touch ...’ The Forthcoming Events includes concerts performed by visiting Bands in the Band Club.

 

+ Boarshurst Silver Band
VISITS (to Website)222
Also indexedBoarshurst Band Club
VIEWS (of this Record)325

Formed in 1927: 'Recent years have perhaps seen challenging times for the brass band movement, and Bodmin has had more than its fair share of struggles in concentrating the attentions of players. This downturn pales into insignificance, however, when news broke to the banding world of a raging fire that tore through the Band’s rehearsal rooms in December 2009. Arsonists completely destroyed the bandroom, including its entire set of instruments, percussion, uniforms and historic music library. Yet the tragedy of fire has in fact galvanised support from local bandsmen desperate to ensure that the town of Bodmin does not go without a band it can call its own for long. And so from the ashes of the fire and within earshot of the remains of its bandroom, Narissa Hall, 2010 saw Bodmin Town Band began the process of rebuilding a band for which the town will be proud for another 93 years to come!'

 

 

+ Bodmin Town Band
VISITS (to Website)341
VIEWS (of this Record)628

'Boobs & Brass was formed in May 2006 & is based in Northamptonshire, England ... All the people involved with “Boobs & Brass” love music and brass bands. Undoubtedly, the greatest single contribution that each player, conductor, soloist, arranger and supporter makes is that they do it all at their own personal expense, driven by one common aim – to raise money for researching a cure for breast cancer ...'

+ Boobs & Brass
VISITS (to Website)347
VIEWS (of this Record)454

‘Formed in 1901 the Band has survived 2 world wars without a break. We play at local fetes and put on concerts in Milton Keynes, and have a few television appearances to our name, one of which focused on our longest running tradition. Every Christmas since 1901, starting at 6am the band plays carols around the streets of New Bradwell. Tradition says that children aren't allowed to open their presents until they have heard the band play! ... A strong emphasis is put on our Development Group which will produce the players of the future. Instruments and tuition by senior band members are provided to development group members completely free of charge.‘

+ Bradwell Silver Band
VISITS (to Website)218
VIEWS (of this Record)349

Founded 1859: ‘The Main Band is a busy and sociable band for confident players ... We play at a large number of events throughout the  year. We usually enter at least two contests per year ... The Training Band works along side the Main Band with the specific aim of developing players hopefully towards progressing into the Main Band and therefore securing the future of the organisation. Both adults and children are welcome ... We perform a number of times per year at local events such as fetes and concerts’.

+ Bratton Silver Band
VISITS (to Website)217
VIEWS (of this Record)680

‘A traditional Brass Band based in Brandon, Suffolk. The band performs regular concerts at Summer fetes, bandstands and events.‘

+ Breckland Brass Band
VISITS (to Website)158
VIEWS (of this Record)370

'Regarded by many as the best and most consistent "public subscription band" in the world. In its time the majority of premier band championships have been held by "Briggus" whilst the band has also attracted a formidable reputation for highly entertaining concerts for both the general public and brass band connoisseur. The Band was formed over 130 years ago through public donations given by the townsfolk of the adjacent villages of Brighouse and Rastrick that face each other across the River Calder in West Yorkshire, England.'

 

+ Brighouse and Rastrick Band
VISITS (to Website)373
VIEWS (of this Record)498

‘The Band is a totally self-supporting registered charity and continues to support other charities such as the Bristol Children's Hospital, St Peter's Hospice, Dogs for the Blind and the Jessie May Trust to name a few. Band members come from all walks of life. Many are students, often having started in the Band's own training programme and Number 2 band. Frequently they move on to other bands around the country as they progress in their careers. Of course this also means there is always a welcome for players moving into the area.‘

 

 

+ Bristol East & Kingswood Brass Band
VISITS (to Website)99
VIEWS (of this Record)275

‘We are a traditional town band rehearsing and playing for fun! We have a busy calendar including Christmas and summer Quayside concerts. Players of any age and ability always welcome ... Our “Training Band” is primarily a feeder band for the main Brixham Town Band. As such it welcomes anyone interested in learning an instrument, particularly those still at school and those that can read music. All ages and abilities are welcomed. The Band has always considered that the recruiting and training of new players is one of the most important things we can do.’

 

+ Brixham Town Band
VISITS (to Website)310
VIEWS (of this Record)528

'Aim to contribute to the local society of West Lothian and also the wider brass band community. We give a number of concerts throughout the year including community events in Broxburn and Livingston and concerts in the wider Lothian region, and further afield.'

 

+ Broxburn & Livingston Brass Band
VISITS (to Website)217
VIEWS (of this Record)435

‘Buckhaven Town Band was founded in 1905 competing at all levels, amalgamating with Wellesley Colliery in 1976 to become Buckhaven & Methil Miners’ Brass Band ... “Buckhaven Brass Beginnings” was formed in 2007 and used to have around 12 youngsters enjoying learning to play brass instruments. A lot of these youngsters are now full members of the band and we are now trying to recruit the next generation of learners to provide new players for the band in the years to come.’

 

+ Buckhaven & Methil Miners’ Brass Band
VISITS (to Website)167
VIEWS (of this Record)362

Founded 1861: ‘We were formed as a village band, with the patronage of the Church and Duke of Devonshire, to teach music without charge, provide an educational and constructive pastime, develop community spirit and entertain. The band has earned an enviable repuation and has taught many hundreds to play. Today, Burbage Band continues to promote and represent Burbage and Buxton both locally and abroad at a whole host of differing concerts, functions and celebrations, providing music in a wide variety of styles, and has active members from every generation.’

+ Burbage Band (Buxton)
VISITS (to Website)247
VIEWS (of this Record)596

'During World War Two, brass bands in the Burnley area lacked support. But with the help of Colonel Parkinson with instruments and musicians from local bands, they formed the Burnley Home Guard Band. The Band continued after the war, and because the band was formed from an alliance of many bands, in 1951 its name was changed to the Burnley Alliance Silver Band.  The Band is totally self supporting, and presently has 25 regular players ... The band is happy to welcome new players & take bookings.'

+ Burnley Alliance Silver Band
VISITS (to Website)291
VIEWS (of this Record)625

'Sadly, just before the outbreak of the Second World War the band’s fortunes took a turn for the worse and it disbanded. Gone but not forgotten, decades later in 1972 a group of local enthusiasts held a meeting with the aim of re-establishing the band. Old instruments and a library of music were discovered, and these, together with some new purchases, a place to rehearse and a keen group of volunteers, sowed the seeds of the band’s renaissance ...'

 

+ Burry Port Town Band
VISITS (to Website)242
VIEWS (of this Record)529

'Cornwall's most famous and successful brass band ... The Camborne Town Band has been competing in contests since the late 1800s and is unsurpassed by any other in Cornwall ... The band is in demand for concerts, both in Cornwall and throughout the UK, and is committed to ensuring musical excellence and quality entertainment in the field of brass music, with a traditional and unique style. Repertoire includes the full spectrum, from light popular music, through operatic, film and light orchestral works, to original brass band music, all performed by quality soloists and supported by a collection of fine musicians.'

 

+ Camborne Town Band
VISITS (to Website)333
VIEWS (of this Record)447

Formed in 1983: 'The past few years have seen Campbeltown Brass grow and develop into a three-tier organisation with a beginner, a junior and a senior (Contest) band. Many of the members of the Junior Band are also part of the Contest Band. Despite the average age of the contest band being so young Campbeltown Brass has always managed to compete successfully across Scotland, and the associated junior bands have consistently won their sections in the Scottish Youth Championships. Campbeltown Brass is one of the furthest travelled bands in Scotland. Every contest requires a minimum of a 300 mile round trip and frequently an overnight stay is required!' [National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain]

 

+ Campbeltown Brass
VISITS (to Website)238
VIEWS (of this Record)458

‘One of the most famous names in the brass band world. The Band is currently one of the highest ranked bands in the World. As well as a busy schedule of major concerts and private engagements, the band also competes at the highest level in the World’s leading major contests alongside the very best and most prestigious bands in the world, including Cory, Black Dyke and Brighouse & Rastrick Bands to name just a few.’

 

+ Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band
VISITS (to Website)299
VIEWS (of this Record)317

‘Based at Eye in Suffolk ... A brass band playing under the name Castleton Brass since 2000. Formerly the Drayton Band from Norfolk which started in 1937. We play for all types of occasions from weddings to flower festivals and in the parks on bandstands and have a wide variety of music from traditional to more up to date.‘

 

+ Castleton Brass
VISITS (to Website)143
VIEWS (of this Record)362

Cawston & District Silver Prize Band, to give them their original title, were formed in 1886 in the village of Cawston 11 miles north of Norwich ... Cawston Band prides itself on its reputation for versitility and quality. The band competes nationally on a regular basis, whilst also maintaining a very high level of concert performance. The Cawston Band can provide a full band for any event, but also small or large ensembles for weddings.’

+ Cawston Band
VISITS (to Website)232
VIEWS (of this Record)428

‘Although rooted in the late 19th century (formed in 1885), Chalford Band is a modern, forward looking organisation and flourishing as never before with three thriving competitive ensembles ...The Award-winning Senior Band ... The All-age Academy Brass (previously known as the training band) ... TheYouth Band, which has won several silver and gold awards in the National Youth Brass Championships ... Chalford Band is proud of its independence. The band retains its village title, free of sponsorship, relying for its finance on member subscriptions, fundraising and fees from engagements.’

 

 

+ Chalford Band
VISITS (to Website)116
VIEWS (of this Record)216

'Continues the brass band tradition that has been a part of Chard since the early 1800s. Although the Band has taken part in contests throughout its history, it does not contest at present, focusing on concerts and other events. Although an independant organisation it is very much a community band, with its membership living in the immediate locality.'

 

+ Chard Concert Brass
VISITS (to Website)261
VIEWS (of this Record)606

‘Founded in 1905 in the village of Chedworth, Gloucestershire ... We support ourselves by playing at local fetes, concerts and other events. Our repertoire includes classical arrangements, compositions for brass band by "giants" such as William Rimmer, and Derek Broadbent, musicals, marches and arrangements of recent popular songs. We are not a contest band and do not take part in competitions.’

 

+ Chedworth Silver Band
VISITS (to Website)134
VIEWS (of this Record)352

‘Formed in 1897 and has a long and proud history. Today, this award winning band of about 30 amateur members is bringing music to the community through concerts and other engagements ... We have three groups of different standards, with experienced musical directors/ brass trainers to help you develop, whatever your level. (But please note that we’re a traditional brass band – no woodwinds or strings!).’

 

+ Chichester City Band
VISITS (to Website)169
VIEWS (of this Record)320

'Chiltern Hills Brass Band came into existance in December 2012, some two years after Denham Hendon Band moved to High Wycombe. It was decided to change the name to suit the area in which we are based, and community we serve.'

 

+ Chiltern Hills Brass Band
VISITS (to Website)228
VIEWS (of this Record)449

‘A friendly, non-contesting band based in South Oxfordshire. We run a main band and a training band ... Our current senior band membership is 35 drawn from an area including Oxford, Chalgrove, Didcot, West Hagbourne, Blewbury, Tilehurst, Reading and Twyford as well as Cholsey itself but new members are always welcome ...  Tuition is open to people of all ages and there is nearly always an adult in the learners group.’

 

+ Cholsey Silver Band
VISITS (to Website)122
VIEWS (of this Record)343

‘Organizes concerts for local charities, often in conjunction with local singing groups ... Players of all abilities are welcome as the band provides training for the inexperienced and improving players ... We have three major concerts each year; Spring, Autumn and Christmas.’

 

+ Christchurch U3A Vintage Brass
VISITS (to Website)173
VIEWS (of this Record)358

‘Formed in 1921 as the St James Mission Band under the conductor Tom Thorne. The band was part of St James Church in the city centre which was later destroyed in the war. By 1930 the name was changed to the Bath Spa Imperial Band when the church fell out with the band, disapproving of its involvement in contesting which was strictly against church rules ... By 1968 the band had dropped "Imperial" from its title and was known simply as the Bath Spa Band.’

 

+ City of Bath Brass Band
VISITS (to Website)144
Also indexedBath Spa Band
VIEWS (of this Record)287

’From playing in concert halls to playing in parks, from raising money for charity to regular trips to the pub - City of Birmingham are in every sense a traditional British brass band ... The Band has a broad repertoire to suit its wide variety of audiences. This ranges from traditional and modern brass band music, through classical works arranged for brass, to film/television theme tunes and arrangements of popular melodies ... We've worked with singers, dancers, actors, African drummers, film makers and composers to ensure that the concerts are unique. As a result they're attracting a growing audience, and we're building a reputation as a band that can put on quite a show! As well as our concert schedule, the band usually enters a couple of competitions a year.’

 

+ City of Birmingham Brass Band
VISITS (to Website)157
VIEWS (of this Record)238

’Formerly known as the YBS Concert Brass, The City of Bradford Brass Band has come a long way from its roots in the Yorkshire Village of Saltaire where it was formed at the turn of the twentieth century. The band is now based in Bradford ... In March 2017, after just two years competing at Championship level, the band took 3rd place in the Yorkshire Regional Championship, going on to represent the County and the City of Bradford at the very highest level of the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain in the Royal Albert Hall. The City of Bradford Brass Band has risen from the 3rd section to win a place on the Albert Hall stage in an unprecedented 6 years.’

 

+ City of Bradford Brass Band
VISITS (to Website)593
Also indexedYBS Concert Brass
VIEWS (of this Record)539

Successful band within the North of England Region of the National Brass Band Championships. The Band was originally called The City Of Hull Band.  But in 1992, following continued support from the company, it was decided to change the name of the Band to the East Yorkshire Motor Services Brass Band. In June 2016, the Band relocated to a new home in Barton On Humber.’ (However, has subsequently reverted to the original name for the Band.)

+ City of Hull Band
VISITS (to Website)248
Also indexedEast Yorkshire Motor Services Brass Band
VIEWS (of this Record)305

‘Oxford’s oldest brass band with a history that dates back to the 1840s. We have three active bands from absolute beginners to our senior band which welcomes experienced players and competes in the National Brass Band Championships ... COSB has been training and encouraging new and improving musicians for over 100 years.  We welcome all ages and all abilities. We also offer free instrument loan and subsidised music lessons. If you live in or near Oxford, or perhaps are coming to University in the new term, and are looking for somewhere to play, get in touch, we’d love to see you ... The Band has a busy schedule performing at local events around Oxfordshire.’

+ City of Oxford Silver Band
VISITS (to Website)157
VIEWS (of this Record)225

‘Formed in 1972 and initially ... comprised of a mix of school students and other local players recruited by advertising and friend’s recommendations ... We are always ready to welcome new players into our friendly ranks. All you need is some experience of playing a brass instrument, or percussion. The band are looking forward to growing in number and developing their repertoire, whilst entering a few contests along the way in order to progress.’

 

+ City of Wolverhampton Brass Band
VISITS (to Website)113
VIEWS (of this Record)316

‘Formed in April 2007 as a community group whose aims are to encourage people of all ages to become interested in brass banding, leading to playing in the band and taking part in events around West Cumbria, including Whitehaven, Workington, Cockermouth, Egremont, Cleator Moor and surrounding areas ... Our band members range in age from juniors to over 80 years of age. We are of mixed playing ability, striving at all times to achieve a high musical standard.  We all gain much satisfaction and pleasure from playing both in rehearsals and public performances.‘

 

+ Cleator Moor Brass
VISITS (to Website)113
VIEWS (of this Record)272

'One of the oldest in Lincolnshire with a history stretching back to its foundation as the Cleethorpes Borough Band in 1880 ... Our Band is proud to be sponsored and supported by Kingsway Printers, a family owned company providing a variety of first class printing services and specialists in labeling for a broad spectrum of industries ... The Band plays a variety of concerts at local venues, supporting local charities and providing live musical entertainment for all.'

 

+ Cleethorpes Band
VISITS (to Website)222
VIEWS (of this Record)760

‘As well as the senior band the association also has a ‘B’ band made up of 34 younger and more inexperienced players who when the opportunity arises pass through to the senior band. All the band members are amateur musicians with ages ranging from 14 years up to 65 years of age and all give their time freely to come and make music. We perform around 60 concerts each year in and around the local area helping to support other groups such as local churches, school and hospitals with fund raising activities. The Association has no commercial financial backing and all the funds are raised with the hard work and dedication of its members.’

 

+ Clifton & Lightcliffe Band
VISITS (to Website)140
VIEWS (of this Record)267

‘Formed in 1902 and has a long tradition of making music in the local community and beyond. The Band has a full diary throughout the year with various concert engagements, community events and a contesting programme ... The Coalburn Bronze Band, Coalburn Intermediate Band and the Coalburn Percussion Academy are a key part of the organisation which is focused on musical education and performance. We warmly welcome anyone with an interest to come along to any of our rehearsals or performances.’

 

+ Coalburn Silver Band
VISITS (to Website)144
VIEWS (of this Record)320

Founded 1825: 'A large band of usually 30 or more players. We usually perform three well supported concerts per year, as well as representing the town and its regular calendar of ceremonies ... We do not take part in brass band competitions which means that we don’t have to turn folk away because we are oversubscribed e.g. we currently have up to five Baritone Horn players; we just take it in turn to stay tacit in the quiet sections!  We also have a linked Apprentice Band for both young players and adult beginners ... We are well equipped with instruments and can usually lend people an instrument. We prioritise young people when it comes to lending an instrument.'

 

+ Cockermouth Mechanics Brass Band
VISITS (to Website)167
VIEWS (of this Record)102

‘A Darlington based brass band which have been running since 1870 ... The Band takes part in a number of competitions & concerts during the year ... The bulk of the band’s fundraising is done through December with many caroling jobs entertaining Christmas shoppers. Please give generously!‘

 

+ Cockerton Prize Silver Band
VISITS (to Website)258
VIEWS (of this Record)252

'We are a friendly 3rd section brass band, with a varied concert and contest schedule ... We also have a community band ... This is aimed at both the young and older generation and is a foundation into ensemble playing. Finally we have a quintet and a 10 piece brass ensemble that are available for smaller functions.'

 

+ Cold Ash Brass
VISITS (to Website)231
VIEWS (of this Record)413

‘This very friendly non-contesting village band is close to Crawley in West Sussex ... playing a wide variety of music to suit all occasions. Functions include local fayres, flower shows, bandstands, churches and other community venues ... Players come from all walks of life, with some having formal musical training, while others are more self taught. All ages and abilities are encouraged to come along and meet us.‘

 

+ Copthorne Silver Band
VISITS (to Website)121
VIEWS (of this Record)323

'One of the oldest bands in the local area. Although the majority of our players come from Corby, we have players from Kettering, Rushden and other surrounding towns and villages in Northamptonshire and beyond. Our players are hard working and committed and this shows in the many indoor and outdoor concerts we perform each year. We also constantly strive to improve our playing ability by participating in contests.'

 

+ Corby Silver Band
VISITS (to Website)217
VIEWS (of this Record)464

‘We are a traditional Brass Band based in the Cotswold town of Corsham in Wiltshire. Unlike many other musical groups the band consists solely of brass instruments ranging from the high pitched Soprano Cornet to the low pitched BBb Bass. The Band which formed over 140 years ago plays in local fetes, concerts, weddings and other private and public functions. We are also a contesting band and have recently been promoted.’

+ Corsham Band
VISITS (to Website)111
VIEWS (of this Record)462

Cory Band competes in both National and International Brass Band Competitions – and does very well! ... Cory is proud to have won many brass band competitions over the years and continues to compete at the very highest level, winning an unprecedented Grand Slam of the four “majors” in 2016 to complete a full ten years as the number one ranked brass band in the world.‘

 

+ Cory Band
VISITS (to Website)849
VIEWS (of this Record)627

Formed 1974: ‘Made up of amateur music makers from a wide variety of backgrounds, the band is self-funded and works hard to entertain audiences; gaining national recognition from providing quality entertainment and brass band concerts. Not only have these concerts provided sufficient funds to purchase new instruments, uniforms and a well-stocked library of music, they have enabled both local and national charities to benefit from donations of many thousands of pounds. The band enters at least one contest each year. This, together with guidance from professional brass band teachers, assists the band in improving its musical standard, while still keeping the “fun” element of brass banding ... We started a junior band in 2014, and now have around 35 junior members’.

 

+ Cottenham Brass Band
VISITS (to Website)122
Also indexedCottenham Brass Juniors
VIEWS (of this Record)420

'We are a non-contesting brass band who concentrate on playing concerts and engagements throughout the year. We are a mixture of local people of all ages and playing abilities who enjoy playing music together. New players of all ages are always welcome or even people visiting the area and would like to come along on our rehearsal night for a "blow" ...'

 

+ Crediton Town Band
VISITS (to Website)182
VIEWS (of this Record)325

‘A second section competing brass band in the North West area and is well known throughout South Cheshire and further beyond! Rehearsing twice a week with a busy sechedule of contests and concerts the band is also a very social one and even has its own twin accordion band in Bischofsheim, Germany! Crewe Brass also has a community band which is open to any player of any age, ability or experience.’

 

+ Crewe Brass
VISITS (to Website)203
VIEWS (of this Record)288

'Founded in 1989 by the amalgamation of Dalkeith Burgh Silver Band and Monktonhall Colliery Silver Band following the closure of both pits. New brass and percussion players are always welcome. We are a friendly but hard working and ambitious band and have a busy concert and contest schedule. We play an integral part of the East Lothian and Midlothian communities.'

 

+ Dalkeith and Monktonhall Brass Band
VISITS (to Website)307
VIEWS (of this Record)539

The competing ‘Deepcar Brass Band was formed in 1988 as a training band for local youngsters ... Whilst we are no longer a training band, it remains the band policy to encourage and train new players through an active training programme and our players now encompass a wide range in age and experience ... Deepcar Training Band is open to players of all age and ability; from someone picking up an instrument for the very first time in their life, or a player who is returning to playing a brass instrument following a break, or an experienced player who just wants to “give something back” and get involved to pass on their knowledge and help new players develop and progress.’

 

+ Deepcar Brass Band
VISITS (to Website)123
VIEWS (of this Record)319

'We are a traditional brass band - based in the village of Denmead in Hampshire - with strong community links able to provide music for any occasion. In concert or to support an existing event, the band uses its skills and experience to deliver a wide range of musical services to communities, businesses and other organisations. Denmead Brass also have a training band which is suitable for both children and adults.'

 

+ Denmead Brass
VISITS (to Website)105
VIEWS (of this Record)82

‘We are a social, eager and friendly band. Players of all levels are always welcome. The band is a member of North West Area Brass Bands Association and Brass Bands England. In addition to performing a number of concerts and marches in the Tameside area, the band competes in a number of contests each year ... The Training Band is open to anyone 6 years or older who wants to learn to play a brass instrument. We welcome both children and adults of any age (it’s never too late!) - from absolute beginners to people who have enjoyed playing music in the past and would love to get back into it but are unsure how to take the first step.‘

 

+ Denton Brass
VISITS (to Website)113
VIEWS (of this Record)312

‘A widely popular, entertaining and award winning “Championship Section” musical ensemble, equally at home in all venues from private functions to large concert halls. The Band regularly perform to local capacity audiences and have represented Derbyshire in both concerts and contests further afield in the UK and internationally ... Though initially from Derby City, Derwent Brass have established their roots as a non-for-profit organisation in Belper where they have formed very close relationships with both the “Strutts Community Project” and Belper Town Council.’

 

+ Derwent Brass
VISITS (to Website)170
VIEWS (of this Record)332

‘Considered one of the finest exponents of the brass medium. Its wide range of styles and flexibility of performance has bought it world-wide fame. This British Band comprises of twenty-five brass musicians with percussion and performs a repertoire spanning Baroque to Jazz, its soloists some of the finest you will hear.'

+ Desford Colliery Band
VISITS (to Website)313
VIEWS (of this Record)562

‘Downshire Brass has become one of Northern Ireland's leading contesting and concert brass bands ... The Band was formed in 1990 by the Amalgamation of the Reid Memorial Silver Band and Hillsborough Silver Band, two of the oldest bands in Ireland at that time. The name Downshire originated from the members themselves as they wanted a new name for the new amalgamated band even though they were proud of the history of both bands. The amalgamation has been very successful and many of the band are original members.‘

 

+ Downshire Brass
VISITS (to Website)62
VIEWS (of this Record)126

’A traditional brass band based near Salisbury near the New Forest. We run a senior band, training band and our just for fun Jubilee Brass ... Downton Band is on the lookout for more people to come join their band! ... Everyone, no matter how young or old is welcome to come along, there is no obligation and we actively encourage whole families to learn together, parents get so much more out of it and it is a uniique way of sharing quality time with your child whilst learning a new skill yourself.’

 

+ Downton Band
VISITS (to Website)128
Also indexedDownton Jubilee Brass
VIEWS (of this Record)279

‘Entertaining the community since 1837 ... We have a versatile group of musicians of all ages who have a progressive attitude towards our music. Our aim is to provide a professional, friendly & welcoming approach to music and encourage full participation from all throughout our performances.'

 

+ Driffield Silver Band
VISITS (to Website)244
VIEWS (of this Record)525

'We perform regularly at concerts across the North East, including community events such as Dunston Carnival, Ponteland Beer Festival, Newcastle Pride and Durham Miners’ Gala ... We have a varied programme, ranging from traditional brass band arrangements to modern pop and film tunes, to classical orchestral arrangements. We are very versatile, playing at events including marches, park bandstand entertainment, evening concerts, weddings, and heritage and community events. We can also perform as a quintet or small band if requested.'

 

 

+ Dunston Silver Band
VISITS (to Website)217
VIEWS (of this Record)476

‘Our friendly and thriving Silver band is based in the village of East Peckham right in the heart of the Garden of England. First formed in 1895 we have a long and successful history and can boast the title of the oldest surviving Village band in Kent. The band can be seen at a range of events and venues across the South East and are available for Concert Performances, weddings and community events.’

+ East Peckham Silver Band
VISITS (to Website)88
VIEWS (of this Record)246

‘Situated in East Yorkshire but with players from all over the East Riding of Yorkshire and beyond ... We are always looking for additional experienced players ... The Band play at many events around the area, including indoor and outdoor concerts, events and shows. We are available for engagements at any location in the East Riding and surrounding area.’

 

+ East Riding of Yorkshire Band
VISITS (to Website)201
VIEWS (of this Record)222

‘A friendly brass band based in Egham with a history stretching back to over 100 years. We have strong links with the local community and annually take part in the St George's Day and Remembrance Day Parades and Services, plus appear at local carnivals and events. We also give regular concerts ... The band has a strong youth policy with a 20 strong Youth Band of children between 10 and 16. Formed in September 2010 the band has been a great success performing both with the senior band and giving concerts on their own. A new Training Band for children from Year 4 of primary school age and with some very basic musical knowledge commenced in Spring 2016.‘

 

+ Egham Band
VISITS (to Website)83
VIEWS (of this Record)198

‘We are one of the largest Brass Band organisations in the country, made up of 5 ensembles and over 100 playing members ranging from absolute beginners to semi-professionals. The main Elland Silver Band is nationally graded in the Championship Section. We also have one of the finest Youth bands in the country and an excellent Training, Starter & Beginners Band where we provide instruments and tuition to children as young as 7 years old. In October 2015 we launched our fifth band – Adult Brass, which provides tuition to encourage players over the aged of 18 to learn to play a brass instrument. In October 2017 we launched a beginner percussion class, HIT IT for children aged 7 to 12 years.’

 

+ Elland Silver Band
VISITS (to Website)156
Also indexedElland Silver Youth Brass Band
VIEWS (of this Record)280

'We enjoy serving our local community by playing at summer fetes, parades and horticultural shows as well as more formal occasions such as the D-Day and Remembrance services. We have a varied repertoire including marches, hymns, TV/film music and popular classics.'

 

+ Ellesborough Silver Band
VISITS (to Website)227
VIEWS (of this Record)534

‘One of the largest and highly respected amateur musical organisations in the UK. The organisation consists of five bands, catering for players of brass and woodwind instruments of all abilities, from complete beginners to advanced players and of ages from seven to seventy-plus. Our base is in Enderby’s neighbouring village of Huncote, to the South of Leicester, and the organisation has players from all over Leicestershire and its surrounding counties. Each of our bands perform in concerts, music festivals and - in the case of the Youth Band and Senior Band - competitions throughout the year.’

 

+ Enderby Band
VISITS (to Website)242
VIEWS (of this Record)281

'Founded in 1937 by a group of employees at the Fairey Aviation Works in Stockport, the Band achieved many musical successes under the brilliant direction of Harry Mortimer, their Musical Director for over thirty years. Since those early days, the Band has been 16 times British Open Champions and National Champions of Great Britain on 9 occasions. Winners of the BBC "Best of Brass" and Granada "Band of the Year" titles add further touches of distinction to this famous Band.'

 

+ Fairey Band
VISITS (to Website)298
VIEWS (of this Record)459

‘We are known as the "Friendly Band" and work hard to keep it that way. With a history dating back more than 100 years, we have been providing the opportunity for hundreds of local people to learn to play and enjoy music. We perform regularly at local fetes and concerts. We are run by a small group of dedicated volunteers and fund ourselves through our performances and 100 club.‘

 

+ Farndon & District Brass Band
VISITS (to Website)150
VIEWS (of this Record)320

'Formed by the miners of the Mainsforth Colliery in 1909 and named the Mainsforth Colliery Brass Band. In the early years the miners contributed 1/2d per week to support the band. Part of their contribution also went towards supporting the cricket team, bowls team and many more activities that were associated with the colliery at that time. The importance of the colliery and its mineworkers in the community can never be underestimated: without their support so many organisations and activities would never have existed. Although the Band has changed names in its one hundred year history, its roots in the Ferryhill community have never changed.'

 

+ Ferryhill Town Band
VISITS (to Website)228
VIEWS (of this Record)572

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