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Fairlop Brass Band
Fairlop Junior School Brass Band was founded amid a violent thunderstorm on 20th June 1968, the brainchild of the school's music teacher, Dennis Carney. After the Band had been in existence for two years, it faced the dread of all school bands, namely losing players as they progressed to other schools.
Such was the enthusiasm of the players and Dennis Carney that it was decided to run the band independently from the school, and Fairlop Junior Brass Band was Born. The tie with Fairlop Junior School was very strong and for this reason, for many, many years entry to the Band was available only to current or former pupils of the school. As the players grew older the "Junior" was dropped from the title and the entry criteria dropped.
In the early years, the Band's progress was going very steady, but during this time firm foundations were being laid. From the early 1990's contest success started to be achieved and this decade saw a steady stream of trophies and titles won by the band.
In 1995, the band qualified for the National Brass Band Championship Finals being held at the Wembley Conference Centre.
In their first ever National Championship finals, resplendent in their first ever uniform, the band were crowned Third Section National Champions of Great Britain beating 16 other Qualifiers. Suite Gothique (available on the bands first CD - The Fairlop Collection) drew much praise from the adjudicators for its musicality.
Since then the Band has continued to progress, qualifying in 1997 and 1998 for the Second Section National Champion Finals. The highest honour the Band have received gained no silverware, but promotion in 1999 to the National First Section.