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Based in Willesden, North West London, Regent Brass was founded in January 1985 by a group of young brass musicians in the London Borough of Brent. In March the same year, it entered the Fourth Section Area Heats of the National Brass Band Championships and was placed second. This qualified the band to represent the London and Southern Counties Area at the National Finals at the Royal Albert Hall in October 1985.
In 1988 Regent won the Third Section Title of Champion Brass Band of Great Britain and only six years later won the London and Southern Counties Area at Championship level. In total, Regent has now appeared at the National Finals on seven occasions. The band currently competes in the First Section. This year fittingly to mark the band's 25th Anniversary the band came 2nd at the Regional championships and received an invite to compete in the 1st Section National Finals in September at Harrogate and it has been confirmed the band will be promoted back to the Championship Section in 2011.
Regent Brass has taken part in concerts and contests throughout the UK and has also toured to Holland, Belgium, Switzerland and the United States. It has appeared on both live and recorded programmes for all the major UK television channels and provided the brass band for the critically acclaimed film "Nowhere Boy" about the early life of John Lennon.
Regent still has three of its original members and now has musicians from all corners of the UK. It also attracts players from further a field, with musicians hailing from New Zealand and Switzerland.
The band's honorary patrons include the writer, actor and comedian Victoria Wood OBE; composers Joseph Horovitz and John McCabe CBE; trumpet soloist Crispian Steele-Perkins; and Mrs Ralph Vaughan Williams, widow of the great English composer.
In May 2006, Regent released Score!, a CD to mark the band's 20th anniversary.
Regent Brass hosted a visit by a Swiss brass band, MG Daerstetten, in October 2006 and made a reciprocal visit to the Bernese Oberland region of Switzerland in April 2007.