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Ilkeston Brass was formed over 80 years ago as the Stanton Ironworks Band representing the Ironworks and their interests at many prestigious events throughout the country, including London appearances at Regents Park, The Guildhall and other high-profile locations.
With the demise of the British Iron & Steel industries in the 60's and 70's, Stanton Ironworks was greatly affected, and felt that it could no longer continue to support the band financially. With their help, the band found rehearsal facilities within Ilkeston, changed its name to Ilkeston Brass, and continued to make music.
In the mid-seventies, a television serial called Sounding Brass, starring Brian Glover, was produced by Granada, based around the workings, romances and personalities of a local brass band – much as the recent Brassed Off film portrayed. The writer, Don Shaw, followed Ilkeston Brass to concerts, contests, marches and pubs for nearly 6 months before he wrote and produced the series. Ilkeston Brass were chosen as the Band for the series, a great honour.
The band is very fortunate in receiving sponsorship from Ron Brooks Ltd., the local Toyota main dealer in Ilkeston, and with their help, continues to be very popular and successful in the East Midlands, being greatly in demand for concerts, music in the park, garden parties, carnivals etc., as well as a full Christmas engagement schedule.