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Oddfellows Brass started life as a youth band under the name of Unity Brass in 1981 and was founded by our current Musical Director, Rob Boulter. A steady evolutionary process over the years has enabled the band to maintain its reputation as a friendly and informal organisation whilst still achieving considerable progress musically.
The band made a steady progression in the National Brass Band rankings, achieving qualification for the National Brass Band Finals on five occasions, including a performance at the Royal Albert Hall in London. The band were runners-up in the 2nd Section Finals in 1995, and reached the 1st Section Finals in September 1998. In 1999 we were promoted once again, this time to the elite Championship Section.
The Band have also embarked on several tours including four visits to the tropical island of Barbados as well as tours in Europe. The year 2000 saw the band fall on hard times with the departure of our M.D. Rob and several players, and over the last five or six years has struggled to keep afloat, at one point being down to five players but with undying loyalty and determination those five stalwarts kept the band alive. In 2005 the band saw the return of Rob as M.D. and also the return of several old faces and is now almost back up to full strength.
Oddfellows Brass is very proud of its long association with The OddFellows whose extensive sponsorship and support has proved invaluable. Until early 2008 the band had always been known as Unity Brass however a change in corporate image led to the Society dropping Unity from their name and the band had no hesitation in addopting the new name of Oddfellows Brass. Our sponsorship agreement has provided the oppurtunity to perform all over the U.K. The Band is very lucky to have its very own building which is at Markfield in Leicestershire. The property, a former Methodist Chapel and hall, was formerly used by the William Davis Band and was purchased for us by The OddFellows.
In 2006 the band celebrated its Silver Anniversary year and are now looking forward to a very exciting future, knowing that excellent foundations are in place to foster our continued development.