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Wigston Brass Band
The history of The Wigston Brass Band can be traced back to the late nineteenth century, when it was originally founded as 'The Wesleyan Mission Band'. In 1902, the band changed its name to 'The Wigston Temperance Band' under the baton of a local musical shop owner, Charlie Moore. Charlie continued to conduct the band throughout a significant period of the band's development, which included many appearances at some of the country's most prestigious venues including 'The Crystal Palace' and the 'Belle Vue Halls' in Manchester. In the 1950's Charlie passed the baton on to his son, Ted, who carried on the family tradition by taking the band to many contest honours including the National Finals on several occasions.
More recently the Band has experienced mixed fortunes and another name change. In the 1980s, the band changed its name dropping the word 'Temperance' (some say that this was due to the drinking habits of its members!) to The Wigston Band. In 1998 the band was rewarded for it's hard work by a grant from the Arts Council of England to the sum of £58,000 which was used to refurbish the band's rehearsal room and purchase a new set of instruments which has helped to enhance the band's performances at concerts and contests.
The year 2002 was a very special year for the band as it celebrated 100 years of existence within the brass band arena. A centenary concert was held on 8 June to mark this occasion with ex-players and associates invited to help the band celebrate this milestone. Two pieces of music, written by Charlie Moore were played out for the first time at this concert and photographic displays and memorabilia of 'days' gone by' were displayed.
We currently have a playing strength of around 30 with ages of the players ranging from Thirteen to Seventy Something. We have a busy year ahead, with engagements and competitions throughout 2009.
The Intermediate Band now holds the key to Wigston Band's future. This venture hopes to provide future longevity for the band and may it continue for at least another 100 years.