History of the Weymouth Concert Brass
Although, at one time, there had been a brass band in Weymouth it had been disbanded for some years until, in 1985, two gentlemen placed an advert in the echo requesting anyone interested in re-establishing a band to attend a meeting at the Star and Garter. These gentlemen rightly felt that a town the size of Weymouth should have its own band, as do many towns smaller than our own. From this then a nucleus of people met regularly.
.The band itself owned no instruments and had no money so anyone wishing to join them had to have their own instrument. They were fortunate enough to purchase a second hand library of music via the generosity of the players and it was through their sheer tenacity, as well as continued financial goodwill that those players continued to meet weekly - often with only a handful of people - and struggled through those initial years to become the band that they are today.
Since its formation in 1985, Weymouth Concert Brass has gone from strength to strength, now playing a key role in the community. The band has a busy engagement calendar providing music for charity fund raising events, concerts, competitions, service of remembrance, shows, church fetes, cruise calls and carnivals in Weymouth, Portland and other places within the South Dorset area.
In January 2011, Weymouth Concert Brass Relaunched the Training Band. All ages are welcome, from complete beginners to grade 5 standard. The younger element of the community is welcome and encouraged to join. Being a member of the Training Band will help young people develop essential social and life skills, build confidence and interact with people of all ages. Members of the Training Band will have the opportunity to participate in events and concerts and eventually, feed into the concert band.