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www.1stoldboys.co.uk

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’.

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www.1stwhitstablebrassband.co.uk

’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.‘

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www.drybrookband.co.uk

'Located in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire. We are a First Section contesting band and also perform at many concerts and events in and around the local area of Drybrook and Mitcheldean.'

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www.abbeybrass.com

‘Came into existence in 1977 when a group of parents got together to create a band for their youngsters to play with. Although at first lacking in material assets, enthusiasm and a determination to succeed saw them through the early difficulties, and interest in Abbey Brass quickly grew ... As a charity we provide education and training for young people and adults in the playing of brass instruments, to promote the appreciation and understanding of brass band music and to stimulate interest in the traditional art of brass band playing.  In addition to the Main Band, Abbey Brass is also formed of a Training Band, and several learner groups, with many children learning to play brass instruments and progressing through the different levels to become a fully-fledged brass player.’

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www.abergavennyboroughband.org.uk

'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.'

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www.abingdontownband.com

'Established before the turn of the 20th century. The Band is dedicated to promoting the enjoyment and performance of brass band music in Abingdon, the surrounding district and also in our twin towns across Europe. The Band is not sponsored and relies entirely on subscriptions, grants and fundraising to provide the finances necessary for its running.'

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www.avsb.co.uk

'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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www.aldbourneband.org.uk

'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 ...'

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www.aldervalleybrass.org.uk

‘One of the South East's finest brass bands, and provides music to enhance any occasion. For more than 50 years Alder Valley Brass has performed at venues ranging from London's Royal Albert Hall, Windsor Castle, Epsom race course and Hampton Court Palace, to many of the UK's famous parks & bandstands ... In addition to concert and bandstand work, Alder Valley Brass is a contesting band and, over the years, has been remarkably successful, appearing at the national finals of Great Britain on multiple occasions including appearances at The Royal Albert Hall competing against the very best in Great Britain.‘

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www.alfordsilverband.co.uk

'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.'

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www.almacbisleybrassband.co.uk

'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!'

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altoftsandnormantonbrassband.moonfruit.co.uk

'Social, non-contesting band ... Founded in the 1880's by a small group of mine workers ... In 1998, the Band was granted the princely sum of £45,453 by the National Lottery for new instruments. Supplementary funds were also raised and new uniforms purchased ... Over the most recent years the band have performed for several charitable causes ...This is the band's contribution back to the community.'

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www.alvertonbrass.co.uk

'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.'

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amershamband.com

'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.'

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www.amesburyband.club

'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.'

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www.amingtonband.co.uk

'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 ...'

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www.ammanfordband.co.uk

'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.'

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andovertownband.com

‘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?’

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www.applebyband.org.uk

'Our members range from 10 to 80+ ... and most play instruments belonging to the band. These were originally purchased by public subscription when the band was formed. We are regularly invited to perform at various events throughout the Eden Valley and any funds raised are used to maintain the instruments, buy new ones and add to our collection of music.'

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www.appledoreband.org.uk

'The Band provides services to the surrounding area playing for church services, parades, carnivals and ship launching! The band has even played for The Prince of Wales on no less than two occasions.'

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www.arnfieldbrass.co.uk

'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.'

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www.arrowvalleybrass.co.uk

'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.

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www.ascotbrass.org.uk

'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.'

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www.ashbournetownband.co.uk

'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.'

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ashoverband.com

'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.'

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www.audleybrass.org

‘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.‘

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www.aveleyandnewhamband.co.uk

'The Band regularly give concerts and also play at fetes, weddings and corporate events. It has a large range of musical styles and ensembles available from a full brass band to five or ten piece ensembles and individual soloists.'

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www.avonbankbrass.co.uk

‘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

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www.aylshamband.org.uk

'In 1928 a group of Salvation Army musicians from Aylsham got together, under the leadership of band Master Clifford King, to form the Aylsham Fellowship Band ... In 1939 the band was renamed the Aylsham Silver Band and was kept going by the tireless efforts of those not called up for service ... In recent years the band has concentrated on concert performances ... and continues to entertain audiences across the region, being a regular and much-loved feature at many local events'

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www.backworthcollieryband.org.uk

'A traditional yet progressive brass band ... The band and junior band rehearse twice a week and perform at concerts and contests in the North East and throughout the UK. The band and its members play many varied styles of music from traditional brass band music, dance and swing band, modern pop, classics and film music, as well as the best of modern original composition for the genre. The band and junior band are a brass band available for hire - from a full brass band to 12, 10 or 6-piece or a marching band.'

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www.bakewellband.co.uk

'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.'

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www.ballyduffsilverband.co.uk

'Ballyduff Silver began life as a flute band in 1894. This type of ensemble were the most popular in Northern Ireland during the late 1800’s early 1900’s. They competed in all the usual band competitions with some success until 1951 when the decision was taken to change to brass, as this was a cheaper option, rather than purchasing a new set of flutes!! ...'

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www.cheshirepoliceband.co.uk

'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.'

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www.banovallumbrass.co.uk

‘We are a friendly fourth section brass band in Horncastle, in the centre of Lincolnshire. With a Senior and Junior Band we have members of all ages and all standards - call in and see us! Lessons given in term time on Saturday mornings ... We play to a high standard and generally do not enter national contests. We do however enter the local Butlins Contest in Skegness, January annually.’

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www.barnsleymetband.co.uk

‘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.‘

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www.barrowsteelworksband.talktalk.net

‘A brass band, entertaining the people of Barrow for 130 years, looking for new members. We are especially keen to recruit mature players, experienced players or absolute beginners. Tuition and instruments are provided.’

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becontreebrassband.wixsite.com/becontreebrass

Becontree Brass Band (1st section) are a friendly and motivated band based in Loughton, Essex.’

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www.bedfordbrass.com

‘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.’

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bedfordtownband.org.uk

'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.'

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www.besses.co.uk

'One of the oldest and most famous brass bands in the world. We have been around since 1818 and have been wowing audiences all over the UK ever since - and a hundred years ago, the band undertook two world tours! A remarkable achievement ... Besses are committed to providing high quality, entertaining concerts for audiences local to us in north Manchester (and further afield), whilst maintaining our world-wide reputation and being true to the history and legacy of such an esteemed institution.'

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beulahbrass.org.uk

'A non-contesting Brass Band in North Wales. We support charities, perform community concerts, and play for church services.'

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www.beverleybrassband.co.uk

'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.'

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bidefordtownband.co.uk

‘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’.

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www.bilsdalesilverband.org.uk

'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.'

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www.biltonsilver.co.uk

'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.' Alert Website unavailable at Review; cf Facebook Page.

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www.birchingtonsilverband.co.uk

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

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bsband.org.uk

'We are a friendly, non-competing brass band based in Bishop’s Stortford ... Our ages currently range from teens to 70+ but we welcome players from age 8 upwards. We play for school and village fetes, the town’s Remembrance Sunday Service, private events and of course there is a lot of carolling at Christmas. We also put on concerts so that we can have the opportunity to showcase our music.'

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www.blackdykeband.co.uk

'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.'

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www.blaenavonband.co.uk

‘One of the oldest cultural organisations in the town and was established late in the 1890's when it was known as the Blaenavon Town Silver Band. It then became supported by the local colliery, Big Pit and through subscription it was known as the Blaenavon Colliery Workmen's Band until the pit closed in the early 1980's and is now known as the Blaenavon Town Band. The Band provides a performing platform for local brass musicians, performing on the concert and contest stage both locally and nationally. To help secure its future the band supports a thriving Youth section which also makes regular concerts and contest appearances.’

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blewburybrassband.org

’Enthusiastic, village brass band in Blewbury, Oxfordshire. Beginner Band, Learner Band and Main Band. New players of all ages welcome.‘

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www.blidworthwelfareband.co.uk

‘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 ...’

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goodshawband.co.uk

‘We are a 4th section brass band, based in the village of Crawshawbooth, nestled in the Rossendale valley. There is a proud tradition of producing quality brass bands in the Rossendale valley area, our band is no exception. A concert has a variety of formats; including Private Garden Parties, Weddings, Corporate Events to Marching or Walking Days etc.’

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boarshurstband.co.uk

‘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 ...’

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bodmintownband.wixsite.com/bodmin-town-band

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!'

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www.bollingtonbrass.com

'A friendly, enthusiastic band based near Macclesfield, Cheshire. We currently compete in the North West First Section and enjoy a busy schedule of concerts and contests throughout the year.'

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boobsandbrass.com

'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 ...'

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www.brackleyband.org.uk

'Formed in the mid 1970s when a group of young musicians finished their time at school, but still wanted to enjoy playing in a Brass Band. Soon after this our Junior Band was also started. For over 30 years it has been based in the Band Club in the centre of Brackley. Some players still remain from the early days. The Band has contested at all levels over the years, competing against some of the top bands in the country ... Majors and Minors was formed in 2014 with the aim to provide a group for young brass musicians, run by the members for the members in an atmosphere where they can develop and above all, have fun making music!'

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www.bradwellband.co.uk

‘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.‘

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bsiband.weebly.com

‘A fairly new band formed in 2004. As with all new contesting bands, we began our contesting career in the 4th section ... In 2017 the band came a creditable 4th out of 11 bands in the 3rd Section playing “Darkwood”; not bad for a band newly promoted ... We play a wide variety of musical styles ranging from classical to modern light rock / pop. We always endeavour to keep our entertainment programmes interesting and varied. The band employs a resident conductor to deliver professional musical direction for both contesting and general performances and it’s our ongoing aim always to be improving.‘

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www.breamband.com

‘Based in the village of Bream in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire. We are a happy friendly 2nd Section brass band. We perform at various engagements including church and village fetes, Carnivals, Community Events and Fomal Concerts. With a wide repertoire of music suitable for any occasion. The band is always keen to attract new players who will receive a very warm welcome from this friendly band.‘

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bretfortonsilverband.co.uk

'"Bret" Band are the only surviving village band in Worcestershire. The earliest mention in public records which the band has found, is one in September of 1895 where reference is made in the Evesham Journal to an event to raise funds for the newly-formed band. Further research has revealed that the band was formed sometime between the autumn of 1894 and the summer of 1895. The band evolved from a Band of Hope based on a chapel in the village and when first formed it was known as the Bretforton Temperance Band (there’s no answer to that!) Some years ago the band was fortunate enough to purchase this chapel and now it is here that they meet to practice ...'

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www.brighouseandrastrick.com

'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.'

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www.britishairwaysband.com

‘The Band in its traditional 30 piece Brass Band format, carries out many concerts throughout the year both indoors and out. Our 35 strong marching band is available for Parades, Carnivals and Displays. The Marching Band this year has performed at events ranging from village carnivals to formal occasions at Horse Guards Parade in London. In more recent times The Band remains active in the local community, providing concert, and parade performances for local charities and organisations.’

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brixhamtownband.org.uk

‘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.’

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www.broxburnandlivingstonband.co.uk

'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.'

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www.btmbrassband.com

‘One of the most famous names in Welsh banding of the last 40 years. The initials "BTM" stand for "Bedwas, Trethomas & Machen", three small mining villages in the South Wales valleys, and the BTM bandroom is located in the largest of these three villages: Bedwas ... As well as a busy contest schedule, the BTM Band undertakes a wide range of community-based performances such as hosting concerts at "The BTM Centre of Excellence", their own state-of-the-art facility ...'

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www.buckhavenband.com

‘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.’

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www.budetownband.co.uk

‘Membershipis at present as inclusive as the current Band Hall facility allows. We do not discriminate on grounds of age, ability, sex, ethnicity, religion or income, and welcome all who wish to maintain, improve/develop their interaction with music, as part of the local community. Band membership is entirely free, and this includes access to instruments, music, uniforms, tutorage and the use of the
Band Hall itself during supervised opening times ... We are pro-active in our mission to take music into the community, regularly holding taster session at schools to encourage active involvement and membership ... We continue to strive to be an influencing and engaging part of Bude, and seek to do so through the presentation of public concerts and recitals.‘

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www.burbageband.co.uk

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.’

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www.burnleyalliancesilverband.com

'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.'

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www.burryporttownband.co.uk

'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 ...'

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www.burtlesilverband.co.uk

'We are a friendly and family oriented Brass Band, our players are drawn from Burtle and the wider Somerset area ranging from Watchet to Yeovil. Players of any age, background and ability are always welcome to join. Contesting does not feature in the band's calendar, the main intention being to serve the community.'

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www.callingtontownband.com

‘This small and friendly band is non-competing ... and plays throughout the year at fetes, galas and civic functions.’

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www.camborneband.com

'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.'

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www.campbeltownbrass.co.uk

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]

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carltonbrass.co.uk

'A community brass band based in the Nottingham suburb of Carlton. We are part of the Carlton Band Organisation which also encompasses the Carlton Brass Training Band:: Our purpose is to provide music making opportunities for local people of all ages (our current membership boasts both primary school children and pensioners). We have a busy schedule throughout the year, where we provide entertainment at various public events such as evening concerts, galas and fetes.'

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www.carltonmain.co.uk

‘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.’

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cawstonband.co.uk

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.’

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www.chardconcertbrass.co.uk

'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.'

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www.chilternhillsbrass.co.uk

'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.'

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www.christchurchu3a.org.uk/vintagebrass/

‘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.’

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www.bradfordbrass.co.uk

’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.’

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Also indexedYBS Concert Brass
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www.cityoflincolnband.org.uk

'We are a friendly brass band made up of musicians of all ages and abilities who enjoy playing all over Lincolnshire and the East Midlands. The band is well known for their entertaining concerts comprising of music from marches to the modern repertoire. So if you are an experienced player or would like to learn, the band will give you a very warm welcome.'

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www.clackmannanbrass.co.uk

'Formed in October 1991 as a result of the amalgamation of the Alva Town and Alloa Burgh bands. Both bands were short of players and close to extinction until talks between their respective committees resulted in their merger. During its short history the band has had a remarkable contesting success, representing Scotland at the National Championships on no fewer than 3 occasions ... The band are available for concert work and gala days or can provide small groups for fanfares, church services or weddings ... We also have an Ensemble which meets once a week ... The Ensemble will be of particular interest to anyone wishing to learn a brass instrument. The Ensemble has its own concert schedule and will occasionally co-host events with the Senior Band. All are welcome.’

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www.co-opbandnorthwest.co.uk

'We are a Championship Section Brass Band based in Crewe, Cheshire, sponsored by Co-op Funeralcare. All our musicians are volunteers. Our musical repertoire is extensive, ranging from the highly technical through popular and modern classics, film and TV music to sublimely traditional and lyrical pieces. We have superb soloists and fabulous music to suit all tastes, and tailor our musical programmes for every occasion and audience.'

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www.theco-operativefuneralcareband.co.uk

‘The Co-op Funeralcare Band, formerly The Co-operative Funeralcare Band, initially known as the Scottish C.W.S. Band and later the CWS (Glasgow) Band and the Scottish Co-op Band, was formed in 1918 in the CWS factories in Shieldhall, Glasgow ... It is the most successful band in Scottish competition history having won the Scottish Championships on 32 occasions ... Long standing and generous sponsorship from the Co-operative movement has been a vital factor in the band’s success and currently, members of the band, who come from all walks of life, are registered members of the Co-operative movement.’

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www.coalburnsilverband.co.uk

‘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.’

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www.coldashbrass.org.uk

'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.'

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www.comberbrass.co.uk

'Comber Brass - the name for Comber Silver Band and our junior band - the Laureldale Brass Ensemble. Based in the town of Comber in County Down, located at the northwest corner of Strangford Lough, there has been a Comber band for over 110 years. With many band members coming from the Comber area, the band is proud to be at the heart of the community and performs at many engagements to strengthen this relationship.'

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Also indexedComber Silver Band | Laureldale Brass Ensemble
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www.corbysilverband.com

'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.'

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coryband.com

Cory Band is the World’s best brass band, proud to be leading this traditional form of amateur music-making into a new era.’

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www.creditontownband.org.uk

'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" ...'

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www.cressbrookband.org.uk

‘A non-competing band based in the Peak District village of Cressbrook, formed in 1880 ... The Band supports local villages playing for well dressings and galas during the summer. At Christmas the band plays at venues such as Cressbrook Hall and Peak Cavern. The band is a social band playing to enjoy brass band music, entertain and support local village events.’

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crewebrass.co.uk

‘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.’

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www.croysilverband.com

Croy Silver Band welcomes players of all abilities and backgrounds, from beginner to professional musician. The Band encourages young players and is able to provide tuition free of charge to local children aged between eight and eighteen years. Some instruments are available for new players ... Membership of the band is free for children and students.‘

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www.crwbinsilverband.com

'Traditional brass band ... We compete nationally and locally in the 2nd Section and have a very busy schedule providing music for various events including concerts, functions and carnivals.’

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www.dmbrass.co.uk

'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.'

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www.dalmellingtonband.com

‘Based in the small village of Dalmellington in the South West of Scotland, 60 miles south of Glasgow. It is one of Scotland’s oldest Brass Bands and has been in the forefront of the movement since its formation in 1864. The band have had notable success in contests and have their name inscribed on every major competition trophy in Scotland, including 3 Scottish Championship wins.’

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www.daventrybrass.co.uk

'We are a friendly, welcoming band who enjoys making music and involving our audiences in our performances. New and returning players are always welcome and if you would like more information about joining us, please feel free to contact us. The band is very active throughout the year, attending and supporting local contests, as well as the annual Regional Contests, and is available to play at a wide range of events, including local fetes, parties and major concerts.'

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www.delphband.co.uk

‘Formed in 1850 and has had many ups and downs. In the early years the band led a fairly nomadic existence, wound up and reformed on several occasions. The playing standard of the band has been variable, but is now firmly established in the second section ... The band currently has a thriving youth band to secure the future of the main band.‘

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