Wolverhampton Community Brass Band

The Old School, Dudley Rd WV2 4NE Blakenhall, Wolv

Your story

Brass Band which involves players from the Community Serving the Community

Group introduction

I am the musical director. The band was originally part of theWolverhampton Music Service set up. It began in 1990 but became a totally independent group from 2015 when we lost our Arts Council funding. We are completely self funding through subs paid by band members and we moved from Graiseley Hill to our current premises where we have to pay for the hire of the hall. We raise funds through concerts but we also perform for free for the elderly, Churches and Hospices raising money for the less able and debilitated. We are playing at the Ironbridge Brass Band Festival on 16th July for free alongside some of the top brass bands in the country.
We perform a wide range of music to appreciative audiences throughout Wolverhampton. We rehearse on Monday evenings from 7.15-8.30. Our band is a mix of age groups. The youngest being 11 through all ages up to 75. We are a non contesting band. We play for enjoyment and to improve our standard. We are not solely interested in money. We have a small committee. My wife and I as well as running the band also are librarians and we sort out the concerts. We have a secretary and a member who looks after the website and 2 social committee members all unpaid volunteers.

How would this funding have an impact on your community?

We are currently trying to raise funds for much needed band uniform which we can't afford with subs alone. This would improve the image of the band greatly thereby enabling us to be more attractive and become more recognised when we perform and would help us to purchase music to perform to our very appreciative audiences. We benefit the youngsters in the band by educating them musically and improving their standards. We benefit the community by giving enjoyment to a lot of people who are less fortunate than ourselves.

"David Gray. Musical director"

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