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A Brief History

Formed in 1972 and initially based at Wolverhampton Grammar School, the Wolverhampton Brass Band was organised and conducted by Mr. A Power (Bert) who was then a brass instrument tutor based at the Grammar school. The original band comprised of a mix of school students and other local players recruited by advertising and friend’s recommendations.
Instruments were initially only those personally owned by the band's members, although extra instruments were later purchased using an educational hire purchase scheme. Subscriptions collected were used to purchase music and a library was gradually built up sufficient to enable the band to play local concerts and engagements.
By 1974 the band had joined the area Brass Band Association and began to enter contests as a fourth section band. The band enjoyed success in the Radio Birmingham series of concerts and became more successful in the regional area competitions, enough to be promoted to the third section.
Over the years a variety of Musical Directors have conducted and directed the fortunes of the band. Membership has depended mainly on a long serving nucleus of players supplemented by students from local schools and colleges.

There are currently playing vacancies in the band and new players are always welcome.  If you are interested in joining the band please contact us via the contact page or feel free to come along to a rehearsal on a Thursday night.  The band owns numerous spare instruments that may be loaned to new players as required.

The band took up contesting in 2017 as a Fourth Section band having not contested for over 25 years, coming  5th at the Midlands Regional Contest. During the Summer of 2017 the band took the part of Grimley Colliery Brass Band in the very successful run of Brassed Off at the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre.

In 2022, Thomas Brown took over conducting duties from Kevin Hall, who and we are delighted that Kevin has stayed with us as a player. Tom is currently pushing the band on with a range of new and challenging pieces as we approach the concert season.

We are currently recruiting and would welcome new players in most areas, but particularly on cornet and trombone. If you fancy coming over to play with us, please get in touch!


Rehearsals take place each Thursday evening between 7:30 and 9:30pm at the “Busy Buildings Community Centre”, Warstones.

New players are always welcome.

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Where to find us

Directions to the Band Room

From Wolverhampton

  • Leave the Wolverhampton ring road at the A41, Chapel Ash.

  • Stay in the left hand lane and keep left at the traffic lights by the Harley Davidson dealership for Merridale Road.

  • Continue up the Merridale Road to Bantock Park where the road becomes Bradmore Road.

  • Continue on Bradmore Road to traffic lights. At the traffic lights keep straight on past the Bradmore Arms (currently a Hungry Horse) and take the next left by the Gunmaker's Arms on to Oxbarn Avenue.

  • Continue on Oxbarn Ave until you reach a roundabout where you go straight on.

  • Continue until you reach a double roundabout where you turn right at the first roundabout on to Warstone's Drive.

  • Take the next left on to Claverley Drive. Indigo Indian restaurant is on the left and the band room is the car park directly after Indigo's car park.

From the motorway (M54 Telford)

  • Exit at Junction 3 A41 towards Wolverhampton.

  • Continue on A41 for 14.8 miles then turn right opposite The Crown on to Yew Tree Lane.

  • Follow Yew Tree Lane for 0.9 miles.

  • At the roundabout, continue straight on to Mill Lane.

  • After 0.5 miles merge on to Wightwick Band. After 0.4 miles continue on to Windmill Lane.

  • Go through 1 roundabout and continue on to Castlecroft Road after about half a mile turn right onto Bhylls Lane.

  • Continue for 0.6 miles then turn left on to Langley Road.

  • At the roundabout take the 2nd exit onto Coalway Road.

  • At the next roundabout take the 2nd exit onto Leasowes Drive.

  • At the end of the road turn left onto Warstones Drive, then take the next right, in front of Indigo Indian restaurant, on to Claverley Drive.

  • The band room is the car park directly after Indigo's car park.

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