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Black Country Brass Band
Black Country Brass Band has been around now for nearly 40 years. In it's first years of existence it quickly became one of the midlands area top class bands, and was very successful in the contesting field as well as building an envious record in giving excellent concerts, not only throughout the area, but wider afield.
Over the years it has provided through its' ranks many, many fine players who have gone on to make their mark musically at the highest levels.
In the late 1980's many bands began to struggle to keep a full compliment of 25 players, and it was at this time that it joined ranks with the West Bromwich Band to become Sandwell Brass. This name reflected the area and the support that it received from the Sandwell borough at that time.
This support eventually finished, and the band went back to its' roots at the Lower Gornal Royal British Legion Club where it reverted to its' old name of Black Country Brass, and now practises once a week every Thursday from 8.00 – 9.30pm.
It is still very active throughout the area, and can be heard giving concerts at all the local parks through the summer months.
Remembrance Sunday is one that features high on the bands' list of annual appearances, when it marches and supplies the supporting music for the large parade around the Gornal area, and then at the West Bromwich Town Hall evening Remembrance Service.
Black Country Brass is proud to remain a very social band, and under its' musical director, Alwyn Manley, who has been an ever present influence for over 14 years, it is still nurturing young talent.
With the mix of older and experienced players within it's ranks, the younger players are able to gain valuable experience themselves whilst playing in an adult outfit. Indeed the youngest member at the moment is 9 years old, whilst there are still some of the founding members present!
So Black Country Brass still makes its' priority the enjoyment of making music together, and if there is anyone who thinks they may benefit from this, please feel free to contact us, or come along any Thursday evening to the Royal British Legion club in Lower Gornal.