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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.



City of Bristol Band

The City of Bristol Brass Band was formed in 1936 as the Fishponds British Legion Band by HS Perry (a local boot and shoe manufacturer who also played the euphonium) and William George Cozens (Lord Mayor of Bristol in 1959). Throughout the Band's history they have performed at many venues across the length and breadth of the UK. One of their most successful periods was during the 1960's, when they competed at the Royal Albert Hall in the National Brass Band Championship Finals on three separate occasions. During this time the musical director was Alwyn G Lloyd (who conducted from 1949 until the early 1970s). He made history by taking the first band based in Bristol to the National Finals in 1961.

Alwyn G Lloyd took the Band to the National Finals again in 1964 and 1968.

The Band changed their name in the mid 1960's when their success had created questions from its audience of the whereabouts of 'Fishponds'. From then on the Band has performed under the name of its city of origin - 'The City of Bristol Brass Band'.

"I had been impressed by Fishponds British Legion Band whose uniform, to the best of my recollection, was black with mustard trim." Lyndon Baglin, euphonium player with the Stanshawe Band

After Alwyn G Lloyd left the Band, there is a gap in the records of 15 years during which time the Band dropped down through the sections. In 1986 the Band once again competed in the West of England Areas. For six years the Band was conducted by T. Webb. From 1994 P. Vann took the Band and they saw a win in the 4th section at the 1995 Areas. He saw the Band promoted to the 2nd section and in 1998 Bryn James took over the baton. Bryn has an undeniable record of winning in competitions (his latest at this year's Area competition (2012) in Torquay) and promoted the Band into the championship section by 2004. The highlights of his reign were the 2nd Section, 2nd place at the Areas in 2001 and winning the areas in 2003 in the first section. Andrew Jones took the healm for a couple of years from February 2004 while the Band was in the top section.

After a brief hiatus where the Band were unable to compete, they made a return in 2008 in the first section under Ian Holmes (ex bass player of Sunlife / Stanshawe Band and current MD of Lydbrook Band). Since 2009 the Band has competed under Ceri Thomas (ex cornet player of Cory) in the second section. In that year, the Band became the South West Brass Band Association and Gloucestershire Brass Band Association Champions and came second at Weston-super-Mare. The Band went on to win the GBBA again in 2010 and 2012, as well as the Leicestershire Brass Band Association in 2012.