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.
It would be difficult to list all of the bands achievements over 39 years without taking up all of the web site space. The following bank history is a selection of highlights. If you have a recollection of your time in the band that you would like to share with others please add it to the contact use page.
Local musician Len Andrews and 28 young people formed Warrington Youth Band in 1965. This group had large amounts of enthusiasm but limited funds. Len and the band members organising jumble sales and sold firewood to raise the money needed to buy instruments, uniforms and music.
The band quickly became established performing fund raising concerts for local charities and band funds. As well as learning to play brass instruments the band members were also taught to march by Len. They began performing in local walking days, many of which the band participates in to this day.
Over the years the Warrington Youth Band and Warrington Brass have travelled around the world delighting audiences.
If you were a member of the band and went on one of the bands many tours or were in the Vienna World Championship winning band, we would love to hear from you. Please add any stories to the contacts page on the web site.
In 1998 the band underwent a transformation. The numbers of new, young members began to dwindle as local schools stopped providing free music tuition. At the same time a number of former members of the band returned. As the average age of the band members increased, Len took the decision to rename the Band Warrington Brass to reflect the change in the bands makeup.
In 2001 after a period of ill health, Len took the difficult decision to retire from banding after 37 years of leading the band. Len handed the running of the band over to a committee of its members. In 2002 the band appointed Peter Elson as its new conductor.
Warrington Brass, in its current structure has a healthy future and is committed to continuing Len's legacy of teaching young people to play and appreciate music.
The band once again has a junior section run by Ian Howarth with the help of Euan Easton. The band currently has 20 young members between the ages of 8 and 14. They are developing musical skills and socialising with people of their own age in a safe environment in the same way as we learned to become musicians all those years ago.
The band has a long and illustrious history but more importantly Warrington Brass has an exiting future.