Oddfellows Brass - About Us
Oddfellows Brass

Oddfellows Brass

Making Music, Having Fun, Making Friends.

With a variety of ages and backgrounds, we are a happy and friendly bunch who share a common purpose – we play music to a high standard and bring joy to our audiences.

 

We rehearse on Wednesdays 8pm to 10pm and Sundays 7pm to 9pm. You are welcome to join us for a rehearsal and afterwards for a drink and chat. To find our band room enter LE67 9PU in to your sat nav. We are two minutes from junction 22 of the M1:



History of the band

 

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 excellent musical progress.

 

The band has made a steady progression in the National Brass Band rankings, achieving qualification for the National Brass Band Finals on six 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 First Section Finals in September 1998. In 1999, the band were promoted once again, this time to the elite Championship Section.

 

The Band have also embarked on several tours including four visits to the Caribbean 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 and several players and for a while it struggled to stay afloat, at one point being down to five players, but with characteristic determination the band stayed alive and not only recruited new players but managed to persuade some of the ‘old’ faces, including Rob, to return and once the band reconsolidated to regain their position back in the First Section. The band has continued to grow and, as of 2018, is a well-supported, happy and successful brass band. We enjoy a varied range of concerts throughout the year and remain proudly sponsored by The Oddfellows.



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