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This page is part of an archive of historical details from existing or defunct brass band websites. This is being maintained to provide a record of this information in the event of a band folding, its website disappearing or other loss of the historical record. Where possible, and appropriate, the information cached will be updated from time to time - and any corrections or updates are welcome.

Barrow Concert Band

To look at the history of the Concert Band, we need to delve back into the 1800s.

Formerly known as the Britannia Brass Band, (locally referred to as "The 3 B's") and based in the village of Barrow on Humber, North Lincolnshire, the band has a long history stretching backing to its origins of being a church band.

Britannia Brass Band played throughout the first half of the 20th Century, and were a regular fixture to village fetes, and shows locally. However, in the 1960s, due to player shortages, Barrow joined forces with Barton Town Band, and Barrow's Britannia Band was to be heard of no more.

For the next 10 years there was to be no brass band in Barrow, and the people of the village may have felt that they had lost one of their best assets. That was until 1974...

Barrow Concert Band in its current guise came into being in that year when the band was re-formed after the amalgamation, under the lead of Dennis Wheeler. This embryonic band continued with the same spirit of Barrow Britannia, and the people of Barrow once again had their band!

One of those founder players was solo cornetist, the late Brenda Ross, whose dedication to the teaching of young players was to form the main body of Barrow Concert Band of many years.

The Band has survived many changes over the years in personnel and conductors, and are now celebrating their 37th Year of music and entertainment and contesting success through to at one point the second section.