Flixton

History

Originally formed in 1877, the Flixton 1st Volunteer Battalion, Manchester Regiment gradually became known locally as the Flixton Volunteers Band.

The band became an important fixture within the local community, performing when Queen Victoria opened the Manchester Ship Canal in 1894, as well as a great variety of local events.  In 1908, with the termination of the Volunteers, the band became known as the Flixton Brass Band.  During the depression of the 1930's many players left the area to find work and the band disbanded. Some of the instruments were held in trust in the hope that the band would be reformed at a future date.

The band re-formed in 1967 as the Flixton Silver Band (later, simply the Flixton Band) and since then has competed in contests and taken part in events locally, nationally, and internationally, including Germany and Denmark.

In 2012 the band registered as a charity and the following year a training band was formed and named the Flixton Community Band and has taken public engagements since late 2013.

First Nationals appearance since 2006 (Section 3). Total of 5 Nationals appearances, including 3 consecutive years 1990-1992. Highest placing of 2nd (S2 1992). Most recent appearance at S2 was 1998.

 


Principal Players

Principal Cornet:  Katie Tyson-Phillips

Principal Euphonium:  Andy Dodd

Soprano Cornet:  Tim Brocklehurst

Solo Trombone:  Sam McAvoy

Solo Horn:  Nicholas Garbett

Flugel: Vicky Finlay

Baritone:  Gareth Hopkin

Eb Tuba:  David Hardman

Bb Tuba:  Paul Thomason

Percussion:  Lesley Hardman

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