A little history

Brass band music in Britain dates back 200 years when the Industrial Revolution created new communities of workers for whom brass band music provided a social focus, a popular form of entertainment and a local identity.

Many bands were sponsored by major employers – hence the continuing fame of bands such as the Grimethorpe Colliery Band (coal mining), The Black Dyke Mills Band (wool production), Foden’s Band (truck manufacturing), Williams Fairey Brass Band (aircraft production) and the Leyland Brass Band¬† (vehicle production).

Brass Bands also gave rise to a thriving heritage of village bands throughout the UK.

Today there are still 600 bands in the UK, based as far apart as Cornwall and Scotland, with around 17,000 registered players – and over 8000 schoolchildren take brass band instrument lessons every year.

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