Founded: January 1962
Stowmarket Concert Band
In 1962 the fledgling Stowmarket Modern School Brass Ensemble gave its first public performance. Over the years that followed the band has stuck to the traditions of teaching young musicians and many hundreds have passed through the band. Some have gone on to be great musicians, others simply still play for pleasure, but all have been given their start by a band started from a second hand set of instruments found in a storage cupboard.
Following the discovery of the instruments, 16 pupils began tuition and within a year had been placed first in the Open Brass Band class of the Suffolk Music Festival. The band grew steadily and at one point contained over one hundred musicians split over four bands.
In 1971 changes in the education system brought a change of name - the Stowmarket Schools Concert Band was born as the Modern school became the middle school. The change opened the band to children from the age of 9. The band also undertook its first overseas tour to Holland this year. It went on to extensively tour Europe, along with tours to the Far East, United States and Canada.
The Band eventually opened up membership to anyone and became the Stowmarket Concert Band, and until recently has kept its connection with the local school through its use as their rehearsal venue. The instrumentation, once including French horns and trumpets, has now reverted to the traditional brass band one, although the concert band name has remained.
Whilst many past musicians have gained valuable playing experience through the Band, we have perpetually had groups of youngsters training with us, helping to provide a future for the Band and the brass movement in general. We commit to promoting music to youngsters and have historically played a very key part in musical education in the area. Read more about this on the training band pages.