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Swindon Brass initially developed as an extension of Swindon Young Musician's Youth Brass Band in 1982, to provide an outlet for band members who were over eighteen years of age. In January 1986 the band registered as Swindon Youth Brass to enable them to contest.
The band continued to function under the auspices of Swindon Young Musician's until 1991 when the band became known as Swindon Band. Contact was maintained with Swindon Young Musician's as they allowed the band use of their facilities and equipment.
In early 1992 the band competed in the Fourth Section Regional Championships, as an adult band and worked its way from fourth to second status in two years and maintained that status until 1999.
In January 1994 the band became more formally organized and formed a committee, as until then, the Musical Director (Francis Cowley) and the band secretary held responsibility for the running of the band.
By early 1995 the committee decided to make a total break from Swindon Young Musicians and became self-funding and self-supporting. To reflect this change the name of the band was changed to Swindon Brass.
The band has been very fortunate in forming a close relationship with Purton Working Men's Club which provides rehearsal facilities.