A Brief History
Formed in 1972 and initially based at Wolverhampton Grammar School, the Wolverhampton Brass Band was organised and conducted by Mr. A Power (Bert) who was then a brass instrument tutor based at the Grammar school. The original band comprised of a mix of school students and other local players recruited by advertising and friend’s recommendations.
Instruments were initially only those personally owned by the band's members, although extra instruments were later purchased using an educational hire purchase scheme. Subscriptions collected were used to purchase music and a library was gradually built up sufficient to enable the band to play local concerts and engagements.
By 1974 the band had joined the area Brass Band Association and began to enter contests as a fourth section band. The band enjoyed success in the Radio Birmingham series of concerts and became more successful in the regional area competitions, enough to be promoted to the third section.
Over the years a variety of Musical Directors have conducted and directed the fortunes of the band. Membership has depended mainly on a long serving nucleus of players supplemented by students from local schools and colleges.
In 2004, the band appointed a new permanent Musical Director, Kevin Short, who took over from previous conductor Lionel Howden. After many years of sterling service with the baton, Lionel returned to playing and re-joined the band's trombone section while continuing to lead the 'Tudor Brass Ensemble' in their Sunday morning rehearsals at Hurst Hill. In July 2007 Kevin took the decision to leave the band and Lionel once more picked up the baton in a temporary capacity which lasted 3 years! In January 2010 the band benefitted from some direction by Ian Worton who also conducts Highley Colliery Brass Band. Ian has kindly agreed to take us on as MD and has so far led some lively rehearsals which have re-established the enthusiasm of the band. The band welcomes Ian and would like to thank Lionel for his hard work and dedication once again.
There are currently playing vacancies in the band and new players are always welcome. If you are interested in joining the band please contact us or feel free to come along to a rehearsal on a Thursday night. The band owns numerous spare instruments that may be loaned to new players as required.
The City of Wolverhampton Brass Band
Location: Wolverhampton, England