Based in a sunny seaside town, Bournemouth Concert Brass has existed for nearly 100 years, settling into its current name in 1975. As an active contesting band, Bournemouth has been a regular fixture at national finals in the past 18 years including the championship section (2005, 2012) and first section (2004,2010, 2011 and 2017). At the Wessex open contest in December, the band was placed the best first section band and second overall, making it the band’s best placing since 2008.
The band gives a variety of well-attended concerts through-out the year, including many regular themed concerts in the towns of Christchurch and Swanage.
The band plays to probably its largest audience as the guests of Bournemouth University at their graduation ceremony and this is streamed to a worldwide audience. The band has been privileged to have taken part in these ceremonies since 2012.
The band also has a very active Quintet and Ten Piece, performing at a variety of venues including garden parties and local fundraising events.
The band also has a close association with MG Mühlau (Switzerland) enjoying many exchange visits since 2012. In 2017 a 10-piece from BCB had the privilege of joining MG Mühlau Band for their 100-year anniversary concert and are looking forward to another possible visit in 2020.
The band has gained a number of players over the past couple of years and is looking toward a successful time in the Championship section next year.
Soprano - Matthew Chiverton
Principal Cornet - Nick Jarvis
Flugel - Rachel Bartlett
Solo Horn - Alf Huges
1st Baritone - Peter Hartley
Solo Euphonium - John Starkes
1st Trombone - Campbell Smith
Bass Trombone - Paul McGregor
Eb Bass - Bill Willis
Bb Bass - Philip Henley