Redbridge Brass started life as part of the Redbridge Music School. The band began entering contests as ‘Redbridge Youth’ and in 1970 became National Youth Champions.
The band members, being too old to remain as a youth band, reformed under John Ridgeon as ‘Redbridge Brass Ensemble’ in 1972, after being promoted to the second section.
After several changes of leadership, the band won the second section area in 1985 (coming 4th at the Finals). It then entered the championship section in 1986 where it has remained ever since. Its first championship area win came in 1988.
The band won the title twice more under John Clark in 1991 and 1992, and produced a ground breaking CD called ‘Close enough for Jazz’ in 1994. Graham Wilson then led the band to two area wins in 1996 and 1997. Melvin White became the band’s MD from 1998 -2007 and achieved four successive area wins (2002-2005). A further five successive area titles came between 2007 and 2011, during which time the band welcomed its current MD, Jeremy Wise. Appearances at Brixton Academy and the Other Stage at Glastonbury with indietronica band Hot Chip swiftly followed as well as several Radio 2 ‘Listen to the band’ recordings and a live recording for “Friday Night is Music Night.” In 2015 the band enjoyed collaboration with indie rock band British Sea Power. After a 3 year sabbatical during which time the band was led by Alan Duguid, Jeremy Wise returned to lead Redbridge once again in 2016. Redbridge is delighted to be returning to the Albert Hall for the first time since 2011, following a second place at the 2017 area contest.
Nationals Contesting History
Last RAH in 2011. Appeared at the RAH 15 times in total, including 9 times in 10 years (2002-2011, missed 2006). Best result of 7th (2005). Other National Finals: S2 4 times, S3 1971 (won).
Soprano: David Cooper
Cornet: Cliff Pask
Flugel: Alan Roberts
Horn: Chris North
Euphonium: Lisa Brill
Baritone: Tim Sullivan
Trombone: David Wallace
Eb Bass: Chris Bearman
Bb Bass: Mike Smith