History of Manx Concert Brass
Manx Concert Brass was formed as a direct result of the Manx Youth Bandís own success in promoting music for young people on the Island. As the years passed, more and more players beyond the age of 19 expressed a desire to remain within the Manx Youth Band and as a result Manx Concert Brass was created with no upper age limit.
Since its formation in 1995 Manx Concert Brass has competed in the North West Regional Championships of the National Brass Band Championships, enjoying many excellent results including becoming 4th Section National champions of Great Britain in 1996 and numerous top three finishes. Manx Concert Brass has qualified for the National Finals on four different occasions.
After four years of prize winning results the bandís hard work has been rewarded with promotion to the 1st Section. In March 2009 Manx Concert Brass finished 4th in the North West Regionals, a remarkable achievement that leaves them 3rd overall in the North West 1st Section.
The North West Regional Championships and the National Finals are not the only contests the Band has taken part in. They have played in the prestigious Pontinís Brass Championships coming 3rd in the 3rd Section on two occasions. The Band also took part in the Northern Open Brass Band Championships in St Helens in 1998, finishing 2nd.
In November 2006 Manx Concert Brass made their stage debut joining the Legion Players at the Gaiety Theatre for their production of Paul Allenís play Brassed Off. Based on Mark Hermanís multi-award-winning film, the show ran for three nights to appreciative audiences and brought the band many new admirers.
The Manx Music Festival has brought a great deal of success to the Manx Youth Band and Manx Concert Brass over the years. This year the bands combined to win all of the band classes as well as picking up numerous 1st and 2nd prizes in the solo, quartet and ensemble classes.