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Weymouth Concert Brass
Although, at one time, there had been a brass band in Weymouth it had been disbanded for some years until, in 1985, two gentlemen placed an advert in the echo requesting anyone interested in re-establishing a band to attend a meeting at the Star and Garter. These gentlemen rightly felt that a town the size of Weymouth should have its own band, as do many towns smaller than our own.
From this then a nucleus of people met regularly under the direction of Albert Davies. The band itself owned no instruments and had no money so anyone wishing to join them had to have their own instrument. They were fortunate enough to purchase a second hand library of music via the generosity of the players and it was through their sheer tenacity, as well as continued financial goodwill that those players continued to meet weekly - often with only a handful of people - and struggled through those initial years to become the band that they are today.
They can now provide a full compliment of players, a comprehensive music library and some instruments During its relatively short lifetime the band has begun to fulfil its objective by playing at school and church fetes, street fairs, carol concerts and a number of charity fund raising concerts and events at Weymouth, Portland and other places in the South Dorset area. In addition to its music-making function a brass band acts as a social medium with people of all ages and walks of life forming the membership.
The younger element of the community is particularly welcome and encouraged to join where they may contribute considerably to the musical quality of the group as well as engaging themselves on a creative, wholesome and purposeful activity which gives a sense of community purpose and involvement. Weymouth Concert Brass is looking forward to seeing a larger youth element and hopes more youngsters will come forward as a result of seeing .this