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Formed as the Leyland Motors Band back in 1946, it enjoyed moderate success under the baton of Harold Moss. However, it was not until 1978, when the Leyland Vehicles Company were encouraged to re-launch the Band with the specific aim of achieving Championship grade within three years, that significant progress was made. With the recruitment of new players and lead by conductor and former playing member Richard Evans, an incredible journey of success was embarked upon.
By 1979 the re-invigorated Band had won every title possible in Section 2, culminating in being crowned National Second Section Championships in London. Consequent elevation to the Championship Grade confirmed that the original goal had been achieved in less than two years! Not content to rest on these achievements the young players continued on their meteoric rise to fame. 1980 brought the BBC TV Champion Brass title and an historic tour of Japan followed. The first British Band on Japanese soil played to capacity audiences accompanied by Guest Conductor the late Harry Mortimer CBE.
1981 saw the pinnacle of the formative years. Having qualified to enter the British Open Championships, the Band was runner-up at its first attempt, a unique achievement for a Champion Band only two years in the making. Since then a whole catalogue of successes has been logged: North West Regional Champions, All England Masters Champions, British Open Champions, and Brass in Concert Champions testify to this success.
Success has not, however been confined to the gladiator field of contests. The Band has built a concert repertoire second to none. Tailored to suit the need of the occasion, items include classical overtures, dazzling solos, traditional marches, and the most popular and current music from stage and screen. In short a concert of brilliant entertainment.
Each week the Band rehearses for two hours on Tuesday and Thursday evenings before presenting a weekend concert to an appreciative audience somewhere in the UK. In the last year or so the Band has appeared at the Royal Albert Hall in London, the symphony Hall in Birmingham, the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester and numerous Civic Halls, Town Halls and modest concert halls from the Scottish Border to the South Coast of England.
Over the past twenty years the Leyland Band has become an established hallmark of quality with a reputation for performance excellence wherever it performs.