Putney & Wimbledon Brass Band
South West London
We’re a London based community-focused not-for-profit brass band, run by volunteers offering a wide range of music. From traditional brass band and classical, to pop covers and TV themes, we play it all – and of course it wouldn’t be a brass band without the occasional march!
Putney & Wimbledon Brass Band is a community-focused, traditional brass band in South West London made up of 30 amateur musicians.
Rehearsing in Putney on Wednesday evenings, we give up our free time to support local community events and to raise funds for local charities. We are an inclusive organisation and accept new members without any audition.
Although only founded in 2017, we already have 30 members and rehearse weekly with regular social trips and gigs. We have been very busy making a name for ourselves in our local area, playing at numerous events, mostly free of charge.
The remit of Putney & Wimbledon Brass Band is to contribute to the local community through performing at events. We performed free of charge at the Merton Firework Display in Wimbledon Park on November 2017. We had bookings throughout the 2017 Christmas period and into the start of 2018. These include: Wimbledon Chase Primary School Fair, performing with The Wimbledon Community Chorus, performing with Granard Primary School on 10 December 2017 and a fundraiser for The Wimbledon & District Branch of Guide Dogs for the Blind. Our summer calendar is also packed, including entertaining the crowds at Prudential Ride London.
Despite having no audition or selection process, we have reached a high standard of performance and would like to be able to enter contests. We need a uniform to do this. It is the equivalent of a football strip for a team playing in a league. We are currently performing at approximately the level of 4th Section. This is equivalent to 3rd division in football terms!
In May 2018, we entered the annual Whit Friday competition for the for the first time – think of a brass-band themed festival with a competitive element. It was a fantastic experience for the band, but we’d really like a uniform to help the crowds recognise us in future years!
How would this funding have an impact on your community?
We would like to use the funds to put towards uniform. As a new band we are trying our best to establish a common and recognisable identity. Having a branded uniform would enable to us to attract more members and have a stronger identity, thus having a bigger presence in the local community, and it also helps the audience to identify us. It would give us a more professional look.
Sometimes we perform outdoors and so we need weather-proof, branded jackets. We also need these for marching events.
With a stronger identity, we hope to get more bookings and thus make a bigger contribution to our local community and local charities.
The uniform can be used to benefit members for years as they are good quality and durable.
In the first instance it would help the 30 members of the band, but it would also help us to reach more people in our community and therefore inspire the future generations of brass players.
"Participating in making music is a positive way to contribute to the local community, maintain cultural traditions and reduce isolation for many. Music is for life and Putney & Wimbledon Brass Band aims to include all local musicians that wish to join us in making music.
Sarah Sterne, Chairperson, Putney & Wimbledon Brass Band"