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Wirral Brass Band was established in February 2010 by two Tuba players, Scott Lloyd and myself Pete Smith . I live on the Wirral and have 25 years on brass banding experience whilst Scott spent his playing career in the Army. We both started playing in school for the St. David's High School Band in Wrexham. After leaving school we went our separate ways only to play again at the start of 2009 for Wrexham Brass in North Wales. By the summer of that year Scott was conducting the Wirral Symphonic Wind Band (WSWB) and I was playing Principle Tuba. Already the plans for a contesting brass band based on the Wirral Peninsular, were forming.
Neither of us had ever undertaken anything so big, with so much responsibility for the potential future players, with so little to start off with, just a great deal of passion for music.
After several months of looking for a venue to rehearse in, I was playing with the WSWB for a Christmas concert in New Brighton Rugby Club and after a chat with the steward we had settled on a venue and a night to rehearse on.
The Band met for the first time on the 17th February with 12 players. Everything we had was borrowed from music to play to the stands to put it on. Since then the band have met once a week and have received some funding from Wirral to purchase music and some instruments, for which we are very grateful.
On the 23rd May the band had its first public performance outside Sainsbury's Upton. The support the band received was very encouraging, from the public, from players who came to help and friends from the WSWB. This performance led to securing and larger event on 18th September in Birkenhead Park for the Transport Festival.
The band rehearses once a week on Wednesday nights from 8-9.30pm. So far the band has progressed well but we are still looking for players in our Cornet and Bass sections. We are all committed to producing quality music for the local community and across the North West.