Woodfalls is a small village just south of Salisbury on the edge of the Wiltshire and Hampshire border and yards away from the beautiful New Forest.
Woodfalls Band was founded by the local Methodist Chapel in 1874 and the band still rehearses in the old Sunday School buildings, now converted into their bandroom. Their earliest recorded public appearance was in 1882, on the release of a Salvationist, Captain Foster, who was unfairly imprisoned. On his release, Foster was triumphantly marched through the streets of Salisbury, led by the band.
Woodfalls started contesting in 1906 as the South of England Temperance Band and it soon became a force to be reckoned with in the contest field. The band has won the Grand Shield twice, seven times invited to play in the British Open; fourteen appearances at the National Championships and numerous victories at local competitions including being crowned "Wessex Champions" 32 times.
In the concert hall the band has also had numerous achievements including a concert to aid Titanic victims, performances with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestras; several live BBC broadcasts on "Friday Night is Music Night" and an episode of the BBC "Omnibus" programme, which compared Black Dyke to Woodfalls as they both prepared for the 1967 Finals.
The band has been fortunate to be able to work with some of the greatest conductors of our time including Major Peter Parkes, James Watson, Stephen Mead, Franz Violet, Steve Bastable, Gary Cutt, Frank Renton, Melvin White, Gareth Pritchard, Prof Nicholas Childs and Dr Robert Childs.
Nationals Contesting History
Total of 13 outings at the RAH. Best result of 6th (2013). Last not here in 2015. Qualified for RAH in 1978, stayed in Championship Section but had to wait until 1996 to qualify again. Other National Finals: S2 three times, S3 1963. Has never won a National title.
Principal Cornet - Jan Boler
Soprano - Mark Pye
Flugel - Chris Lewis
Solo Horn - Phil Randell
Solo Baritone - Tim Parker
Solo Euphonium - David Childs
Solo Trombone - Scott Stewart
Solo Eb Bass - Ian Frost
Principal Percussion - Paul Williams