Founded in 1937 by a group of employees at the Fairey Aviation Works in Stockport, the Band achieved many musical successes under the brilliant direction of Harry Mortimer, their Musical Director for over thirty years. Since those early days, the Band has been 16 times British Open Champions and National Champions of Great Britain on 9 occasions including back to back National wins in 2002 and 2003. Winners of the European Championship, BBC ‘Best of Brass’ and Granada ‘Band of the Year’ titles add further touches of distinction to this famous Band.
Since its formation the band has seen an illustrious line-up of conductors that comprises Harry Mortimer, Richard Evans, Walter Hargreaves, Geoffrey Brand, Major Peter Parkes, Roy Newsome, James Gourlay, Howard Snell, Allan Withington and present MD Garry Cutt.
The Band is in constant demand for concerts, both at home and abroad. Overseas tours have included performances in Canada, Hong Kong, Switzerland, Sweden, France, Germany, Holland, Belgium and Luxembourg.
In recent years the Band has played at the Opening of Tate Modern the re-opening of Olympic Park and Late @ The Tate as well as at the players’ private victory party for Manchester City FC at the end of the 2013-14 season. Further afield the band performed at the annual “Foreign Affairs” Festival in Berlin and the 25th Quartier d’Ete Festival in Paris
All this and more makes up the pedigree of what is, undoubtedly, one of the World’s leading brass bands.
Nationals Contesting History
Won 9 times in 53 outings (all at RAH). Podium places in both of last 2 years at RAH. Missed out on hat-trick in 2004. Last won in 2003, and last time not here 2013.