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Jaguar Land Rover Band
Our history goes back to the late 1940's, when the late Jack Major formed The Air Training Corps Band in Coventry. After World War II it was renamed the Coventry Boys Band, later becoming Coventry School of Music Brass Band. In 1957 the Coventry Festival Band emerged under the directorship of Jack Major. Jack retired in 1970 after which a succession of conductors passed through the band including Philip Cooper and Dick Arrand.
From 1982 to 2002 the band was known as The Rolls-Royce (Coventry) Band, adopting the name of the sponsor. This twenty-year period was to become very successful during which time the band was promoted to the championship section.
In September 2002 the band was pleased to receive support from Jaguar Cars and changed names to The Jaguar (Coventry) Band. This successful partnership continues to the present day; however in February 2011 the band changed its name to align further with its sponsor and became The Jaguar Land Rover Band.
It was back in 1988 when the band appointed its current Musical Director, Dave Lea, the band saw significant contest success and now the band is consistently judged as one of the top brass bands in the country. Since then the band has had many competition successes and awarded numerous trophies and titles including Champion First Section Band of Great Britain in 1995, Milton Keynes Entertainment Champions 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000 & 2001 and Grand Shield Runners up in 1999.
In addition the band has competed in The 'British Open' at Birmingham Symphony Hall in 1999 & 2000 and 'The All England Masters' at The Cambridge Corn Exchange no less than seven times. The pinnacle however was achieved in October 2006 when the band was honoured to represent the Midlands in the 'National Brass Band Finals' at the Albert Hall in London for the first time in its history.
In November 2006 the band visited the USA and toured the Chicago area where they accepted an invitation, to attend the famous 'US Open Brass Band Championships' where the band was awarded, the Best March, Best Buskers and the runners-up prize.
The band continues to expand its trophy cabinet with more recent successes from the famous Pontins Brass Band Contest in 2010 and crowned champions at the Bolsover Entertainment Contest in 2011.