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Ferndown Concert Brass
The present band reformed in 1990 when a small group of players started rehearsing in a band members cellar. A few years later the band became aware that the local village hall in Stapehill was available for rehearsals and came with storage facilities. Since 1994 this has been our home and is located a short distance from the A31 Wimborne by pass near the Canford Bottom Roundabout.
Locally the band plays at the Bournemouth Bandstand, Southbourne Bandstand, Christchurch Quay, Kingston Lacy (N.T), Poole Park, Stapehill Abbey, Ellingham Show and pubs like the St. Peters Finger in Lytchett Minster as well as many others. Indoor locations have included Poole Arts Centre's Wessex Hall, The Tivoli Theatre in Wimborne, The Layard Theatre in Canford, The Barrington Theatre in Ferndown, Kinson Community Centre, Wimborne Minster and Stapehill Abbey.
We have performed concerts with male voice choirs, barbershop choruses, organists, school wind-bands, and a big band, all of which were organised and presented by the Ferndown Concert Brass over the last few years.
In the Jubilee Year of Queen Elizabeth II, we were proud to be asked to play in the celebrations for the towns of Bournemouth, Wimborne and Ferndown
Very occasionally the band competes against other bands. Although this is not our prime objective we have been successful in the past, notably in 1998 when we played at the Marlborough Festival of Brass in an entertainment contest where we were placed second overall and won the most entertaining programme presented.
In 2002, 5 members had been registered with the band virtually since it began.