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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.

Gosport Solent Brass

Gosport Solent Brass was formed from an amalgamation of two bands in the area, Gosport Silver Band and Solent Concert Brass. In 2011, both bands amalgamated to continue to provide a sound musical ensemble and to promote Brass music within the local area.

Solent Concert Band (1969-2011)

Solent Concert Band was originally based in Portsmouth, Hampshire. The band (originally known as Southsea Junior Band) was founded in 1969 by Wesley Garner, Noel Horner and Ron Moore, with the aim of recruiting young musicians, eager to learn the 'Art' of brass banding.

Over the years the band grew in size and standard, and by 1974, had become fully established under the newname of Solent Youth Concert Band. As the band grew in numbers, it became necessary to form a second band, which became the Solent Concert Band. Both bands continued to thrive, competing and entertaining throughout the years.

Solent Concert Band was a registered 2nd section band, regularly competing in the West of England Regional Brass Band Championships. Solent Youth Concert Band's last achievement was coming second in the youth class at the SCABA Entertainments Contest in May.

Gosport Silver Band (1968-2011)

Gosport Silver Band was formed in 1968 as the brainchild of Alderman John Fairhall, a former Mayor of Gosport. While on holiday in Austria he heard a town band and thought that it would enhance the image of Gosport if it too had a town band. He put this idea to Gosport Borough Council, which supported him unanimously and made available a loan of 5,000 for the purchase of instruments, music and uniforms. The council also provided a rehearsal room.

The Band's founder Director of Music was Cecil Brown, a retired Royal Marines Commissioned Bandmaster, who led and directed the Band until 1982. He was succeeded by Albert Hall, also a former Royal Marines Bandmaster, who stepped down as musical director in April 2005 but continues to play in the band to this day. Albert was succeeded as Musical Director in April 2005 by Derek Jones and in September 2007 he was succeeded by Richard Sharp.

In its early years the Band pioneered music on the Solent, playing on the Isle of Wight ferries on Sunday afternoons while they cruised from Portsmouth to Southampton Water. It was a feature of the welcoming scene when Princess Alexandria visited the town. When the Golden Jubilee of Gosport attaining borough status was celebrated, the Band shared the platform with the Central Band of the Royal Air Force at a gala garden party.